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31st Meeting for Friendship Among Peoples, Rimini, Italy

27/08/2010

Mario Mauro, José Manuel Barroso, Giorgio Vittadini and Roberto Formigoni © EU

In his speech President Barroso stressed that Europe is not, and cannot be, built from the top down. "It must be built from the bottom up, by our regions, by our cities, by each one of you," he said and encouraged the audience to seize the opportunities and make their own contribution to Europe: "Then, and only then, will we succeed in building a strong Europe. An open Europe, a prosperous Europe, a Europe of opportunity for all."

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Message of condolence to the Chinese Prime minister Wen Jiabao

25/08/2010

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After learning about the terrible plane accident that occurred this Tuesday near Yichun and caused so many casualties and so much suffering, President Barroso sent a message of condolences on behalf of the European Commission to Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, and expressed his deepest sympathy and solidarity with the families of all the victims and to the injured his best wishes for a full and swift recovery.

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Message of condolences to the President of Italy

18/08/2010

Francesco Cossiga © Commons

President Barroso expressed his condolences to Giorgio Napolitano, President of the Republic of Italy on the passing away of Francesco Cossiga, former President of the Republic of Italy. In his message President Barroso recalled that during his whole political career Francesco Cossiga has been an eminent figure in the Italian and European political and social life.

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Letter by President Barroso to President Nicolas Sarkozy on Pakistan

18/08/2010

Pakistan floods © Commons

President Barroso sent today a letter regarding the floods in Pakistan to the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy. In addition to the funds already allocated to the country, the President of the European Commission announced a three-step action plan: better coordination of the available funds, a significant increase in the funds allocated by the Commission and the preparation of long-term assistance to rebuilding the damaged areas.

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Letter by President Barroso to President Nicolas Sarkozy on Pakistan

17/08/2010

Pakistan floods © Commons

President Barroso sent today a letter regarding the floods in Pakistan to the President of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy. In addition to the funds already allocated to the country, the President of the European Commission announced a three-step action plan: better coordination of the available funds, a significant increase in the funds allocated by the Commission and the preparation of long-term assistance to rebuilding the damaged areas.

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Message of condolences to the President of the Republic of Malta

16/08/2010

Prof. Guido de Marco (Commons)

President Barroso expressed his condolences to Dr. George Abela, President of the Republic of Malta on the passing away of Prof. Guido de Marco, former President of the Republic of Malta.

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Message of condolences to the President of People's Republic of China

13/08/2010

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President Barroso expressed his condolences to the Chinese people for the loss of lives due to the heavy rains and landslides in the county of Zhouqu. "I am shocked by the scale of the devastation caused by this natural disaster, but at the same time heartened by the rapid and effective efforts deployed by the Chinese authorities to provide help to the populations in need and prevent further casualties. Let me assure you of the solidarity of the European Commission in these difficult times."

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Message of solidarity to Poland, Czech Republic and Germany

13/08/2010

José Manuel Barroso © EU

President Barroso conveyed a message of solidarity to the people and the authorities of the Republic of Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany in facing the dramatic consequences of the recent floods in their countries. He assured them that "the Commission is fully committed to mobilise all the available instruments at EU level to support the populations affected by this natural disaster".

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Message of condolences to the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

13/08/2010

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President Barroso sent a message of condolences and solidarity to the Pakistani people for the huge loss of lives due to the monsoon floods in the country. He stated that the Commission has adopted a €10 million emergency decision in addition to the €30 million in July to assist the populations affected by these disastrous floods. "We stand ready to consider further ways and means of assistance to alleviate the suffering of the populations in need and help to reconstruct the devastated areas".

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Message of condolences to the President of the Russian Federation

13/08/2010

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President Barroso sent a message to President Medvedev to "express sympathy and solidarity with the people affected by the forest and peat bog fires". He conveyed condolences to the relatives of the people who lost their lives. President Barroso said that a number of EU Member states are already providing support and assured the Russian authorities that the "European Commission stands ready to provide further assistance in these extraordinary hard times, including in the post-crisis phase".

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