European Council, 28-29 October 2010
We received a strong mandate to promote the global governance reforms with our partners in the G20
In his statement president Barroso stressed that "yesterday our focus was on making Europe's economy stronger and more stable. And there was real progress that we hope will be confirmed now by all institutions at the European level." He stated that "we need to take these important measures internally," and underlined that the long-term growth of our economy also depends on the health of the global environment.
Condolences to the President of the Republic of Indonesia
"I would like to express my sincere sympathy to and solidarity with the people affected by the tsunami that has struck off Sumatra and the eruption of the Merapi volcano, " said President Barroso on behalf of the European Commission in his message of condolence to the President of the Republic of Indonesia Mr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Condolences to the President of the Republic of Argentina
President Barroso sent a message of condolences to Argentinean President Ms Cristina Fernández de Kirchner after learning of the death of her husband, Mr D. Néstor Carlos Kirchner, the former president of the Republic of Argentina, who fought for democratic principles and promoted human rights.
Tripartite Social Summit
We need to work together in partnership and the Commission remains firmly committed to social dialogue
President Barroso attended the Tripartite Social Summit of the year with the social partners who represent European employers and trade unions. President Barroso stressed the importance of the single market as a very important driver for growth and added that "we are working on fiscal consolidation including economic governance, but we are also working on growth and jobs creation, namely through the Europe 2020 agenda. One thing is sure, we will succeed only if we act together."
European Council, 28-29 October 2010
The Commission will come up with proposals of a permanent crisis response mechanism
"On the economic governance it was agreed that the time has come to move forward on the basis of the Commission's proposals," the President said and added that all are determined to adopt the legislative decisions by the end of the first semester of 2011.
Visit of Prime Minister Gruevski of the FYROM
President Barroso received Prime Minister Gruevski of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in Brussels. President Barroso welcomed the progress made on starting accession negotiations and emphasised the need to resolve the 'name issue', stating "We now want to see progress on the name issue between your country and Greece. This is what the people of the region expect. You can count on the Commission and I hope we will witness important decisions in the coming weeks."
Inauguration of the Ortoli room
During the inauguration of the Ortoli room in the European Commission’s Berlaymont building, President Barroso paid tribute to François-Xavier Ortoli. A former President of the Commission, Ortoli was described by Barroso as "a great Frenchman and a great European". Barroso concluded his speech by saying: "Passion, political will and tenacity – it was in that frame of mind that Francois-Xavier Ortoli continued the work of the founding fathers and made his contribution to the structure of Europe."
Condolences to the Governor General of Barbados
President Barroso sent a message of condolence to Sir Clifford Straughn Husbands, Governor General of Barbados, after learning of the passing away of Prime Minister David Thompson. The President said: "Mr Thompson will be remembered for his great loyalty to his country and fellow citizens even during his illness, his work to enhance Barbados' economic development and his stern support to regional integration."
Meeting with H.M. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso met Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. The President informed the Queen about a number of topical European issues, such as the Europe 2020 strategy, innovation and the digital agenda, as well as on Europe's leadership on climate action and development cooperation.
Visit of the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev
After his meeting with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, President Barroso stressed the EU's firm commitment to upgrade its already excellent relations with Kazakhstan through an enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. He added that the EU continued to support Kazakhstan's accession to the World Trade Organization, expressing his hope for rapid progress. President Barroso stressed that open trade was crucial to sustain the global recovery and announced that he would attend the OSCE Summit in Astana in December.
Meeting with COSAC
President Barroso attended the Conference of the EU committees of national parliaments and called for strengthened political relationship between the European Institutions and national parliaments, for example on the annual work programme of the Commission and economic governance. "What really matters is what the institutions mean for the people; whether they can identify themselves with them and stand behind them." He also invited national parliaments to play an active role in the promotion and implementation of the Europe 2020 strategy.
Visit of the Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor
President Barroso met the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Jadranka Kosor to discuss the progress in the accession negotiations, which are, according to president Barroso "progressing at a steady pace." "However, we are now moving into the most difficult chapters, in particular on judiciary and fundamental rights," he said and explained that it will be important for Croatia to continue to demonstrate concrete results in these areas. "A track record of reforms and implementation is needed," he concluded.
Opening remarks on the forthcoming European Council
Let me be clear: the overall result must represent a real change from the current situation.
In his speech, president Barroso mainly focused on the reform of economic governance in the European Union and addressed the important upcoming G20 Summit in Seoul and conference in Cancun. He presented the goals the EU will aim to achieve at the Summits and added: "But let me be clear: the overall result must represent a real change from the current situation. We must show to our citizens that the European Union has been drawing all the right conclusions and learning all the lessons from the crisis."
Statement of President Barroso on the budget review
The budget review is an attempt to stimulate a real debate on the type of budget we need to deliver results.
European Commission launched a debate on how the European Union's budget should be spent in the future and how it should be financed. "It is a debate about how taxpayer's money can best be targeted to the right priorities," stressed president Barroso and introduced five principles how the budget should be further reformed. He added that budget review "is a genuine attempt to stimulate a real debate on the type of budget we need in the future to deliver the results our citizens expect from the EU."
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Meeting with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon
President Barroso met United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Strasbourg. The President stressed the importance of a strong partnership between the European Union and the United Nations and proposed that "we use this occasion to have more in depth discussions on issues of common interest: in particular EU-UN co-operation, the Millennium Development Goals, global economic governance and climate change."
Shared Priorities, Shared Goals: BusinessEurope Event
In the Berlaymont building, European Commission President Barroso received members of the Advisory and Support Group of BusinessEurope. President Barroso delivered a speech in which he emphasised the need to work with businesses in enacting the 2020 strategy. He pledged that the European Commission would "draw up a framework to support entrepreneurship, to promote the competitiveness of Europe's primary, manufacturing and service industries, and to help them seize the opportunities of globalisation and of the green economy".
Meeting with philosophical and non-confessional organisations
It was a unique occasion when the three European presidents could listen to such eminent representatives of different organisations.
Following a meeting with representatives from philosophical and non-confessional organisations, the three presidents of the European institutions held a joint press conference in which European Commission President Barroso emphasised the need for effective measures of combating poverty and social exclusion. He commented: "There was a great consensus about the need to put this as a priority at the European level. The Member states are fighting social exclusion and poverty but we should also do it at the European level."
Europe Through the Looking Glass – Friends of Europe Dinner
Addressing a Friends of Europe dinner, President Barroso focused on the 'state of Europe', describing it as solid in substance and fluid in process and communication. Looking back to the challenges confronted over the past year, he expressed confidence in the new proposals on regulating financial markets and on economic governance, stating "I think the blueprint we have now, in terms of linking fiscal consolidation and structural reform, and investing in new sources of growth, is the right one for Europe."
Visit to Switzerland
There is no place for discrimination, racism, anti-semitism or xenophobia in Europe.
In his speech at the University of Geneva, whilst receiving an honourary Doctorate, President Barroso declared that 'there is no place for discrimination, racism, anti-Semitism or xenophobia in Europe'. During his meeting with the Federal Councillor Calmy-Rey, President Barroso highlighted the importance of relations with Switzerland, whilst stating that the bilateral route has been exhausted. He spoke in favour of dynamic solutions concerning horizontal and institutional issues.
Congratulations on the start of the rescue operation of miners
President Barroso congratulated the Chilean President Sebastián Piñera Echenique on the successful start of the rescue operation of the miners in San José: "The comradeship and the resilience of the miners, the thoughtfulness and efficiency of the operation and the solidarity of all concerned have given to the world a message of hope and confidence. I am following these critical hours with great admiration and look forward to seeing all miners reunited with their families very soon."
Congratulations to the new Dutch Prime Minister, Mark Rutte
On behalf of the European Commission, President Barroso congratulated His Excellency Mr Mark Rutte on his appointment as Prime Minister of the new Dutch government. President Barroso noted the many common challenges facing Europe today and looked forward to cooperating with the Cabinet of Prime Minister Rutte in tackling them.
Message of Condolence on the death of 18 in Nowe Miasto
After learning of the tragic accident in Poland, President Barroso expressed his deepest condolences to His Excellency Mr Bronislaw Kormowski, President of Poland, on behalf of the European Commission and himself. The President stated he was "very saddened by the loss of life in the terrible road crash which happened this morning near the town of Nowe Miasto". This accident killed 18 people, less than two weeks after the tragic collision close to Berlin.
Condolences to the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych
President Barroso sent a message of condolences to the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, deploring the tragic loss of life in the train and bus collision in the town of Ordzhonikidze in Ukraine. He expressed his deep sadness and said: "On behalf of the European Commission and myself, please allow me to offer you our sincere condolences and the expression of our deepest sympathy with You and the families and friends of the victims."
Solidarity: at the heart of Europe's past, present and future
Solidarity is at the heart of the European project. Without solidarity, the European Union would not exist.
Speaking at the Solidarność 30th anniversary panel, president Barroso said that the Solidarity movement has become a part of our common European heritage and added that today our solidarity is being tested as never before. "Solidarity is not just an abstract concept, 'sticking together' when times are hard," he explained and stated a transfer of funds between Member States as a typical example of practical application of solidarity.
The role of universities in an innovative, globalised market
We want to free up the reservoir of talent, energy and knowledge that universities represent.
President Barroso together with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán opened the conference "Expanding Europe" in Pécs, Hungary, today. "This conference is an excellent opportunity to discuss what I consider should be our common purpose: to define how universities can help us shape our future," said president Barroso and stressed that knowledge is the engine of growth. "In a fast-changing world, what makes the difference is education and research, innovation and creativity."
Łódź University, Ceremony of Awarding the Doctorate Honoris Causa
President Barroso received the Doctorate Honoris Causa from ?ód? University today "It is a privilege to receive this Degree from such a prestigious institution, one of the biggest and most popular universities in Poland," he said. He later dedicated his lecture to some of the main achievements of the European Union in this first decade of the 21st Century and some of the priorities of the external relations of the European Union.
Commission adopts Communication on Smart regulation
Today, the European Commission set out plans to further improve the quality and relevance of EU legislation. President Barroso stated: "Smart regulation should ensure that European laws benefit people and businesses," and added that a key part of getting legislation right is listening to the people who will be affected by it. "For that reason we are strengthening the voice of citizens and other stakeholders even further and will increase our public consultation period from 8 to 12 weeks."
Congratulations to the Nobel Peace Prize winner 2010, Mr Liu Xiaobo
This is a strong message of support to all those around the world who are struggling for freedom and human rights.
President Barroso sent a message of congratulations to Mr Liu Xiaobo for being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2010, saying: "The decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee is a strong message of support to all those around the world who, sometimes with great personal sacrifice, are struggling for freedom and human rights. These values are at the core of the European Union and the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee highlighted their importance all over the world."
Don Dinis Award, Portugal
President Barroso handed over the Don Dinis Award to three Portuguese historians for their great contributions to the history of Portugal. "The successful effort to integrate Portuguese history into the European context, challenging the traditional tendency to treat Portugal almost as an isolated case, peripheral to Europe, is in my opinion one of the most valuable contributions of the book."
With great power comes great responsibility.
"We should show the example of shared responsibility and cooperation", said President Barroso in his opening speech, "our concerted joint efforts are needed to ensure the success of the G20 summit in Seoul and afterwards in Cancun." He stressed the importance of the strategic nature of the EU-China relationship and said that on political, trade, and macroeconomic issues there is "the need to have this very broad strategic perspective in mind." Earlier in the afternoon leaders attended the EU-China Business Summit.
Congratulations to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden, Fredrik Reinfeldt
Following the recent general election in Sweden, President Barroso, on behalf of the European Commission, congratulated the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden, Mr Fredrik Reinfeldt, on his second mandate. He said: "Under your leadership, the Swedish Presidency of the EU was an important achievement. I look forward to your continued support for the European Union as we seek to consolidate the economic recovery and to defend Europe's values and interests on the global stage."
EU – China High Level Opening Forum
We have to invest more in the great potential of our people-to-people relations.
"We need a bridge between our peoples and cultures that will help us understand and learn from each other. The Forum provides that bridge and ensures cultural cooperation can take a more prominent place in our relations," stressed president Barroso at the opening of the first EU - China High Level Cultural Forum. He also welcomed the upcoming EU-China Year of Youth in 2011. "We wish to invest in our young people today to develop networks and long-lasting partnership for tomorrow", he said.
5th EU-South Korea Summit
"We signed today a very ambitious EU - Korea Free Trade Agreement. This agreement is by far the most important trade deal ever concluded by the European Union with one country and the first Free Trade Agreement with an Asian country," said president Barroso. Looking forward to the G20 Summit in Seoul he added: "Together we need to deliver, not just for the sake of the European Union and Korea, but for the sake of a better future for the citizens of the world."
Ryder Cup: Congratulations to Colin Montgomerie, Team Europe Captain
President Barroso sent a message of congratulations to Colin Montgomerie, Team Europe Ryder Cup Captain, saying: "On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to offer my congratulations to you and your team for the stunning victory in the Ryder Cup this weekend. You have made the whole of Europe proud. You have led your team with passion, determination, great skill and outstanding sportsmanship. This victory will be remembered for many years to come."
2010 Open Days of Regions and Cities
President Barroso outlined the crucial role of Europe's regions and cities in achieving the Europe 2020 goals. Concerning the review of the EU budget and the post-2013 cohesion policy he said: "We must ensure that expenditure is more efficient, European added-value is increased, and implementation is simplified". He left no doubt that cohesion policy is an "expression of European solidarity". "Cohesion policy will remain a strategic policy for the European Union."
Eighth Asia-Europe Meeting Summit, 4-5 October 2010
Discussions with our Asian partners during the last two days have laid the ground for a successful G20 Summit
Speaking after the ASEM Summit, president Barroso stressed the importance of interdependence of the regions all around the world and outlined that we need to find common ground and agree on coordinated action between EU and Asia in order to tackle the pressing issues for the world's citizens. He mentioned the enormous benefits of globalisation for Asia and for Europe, but also called for a balanced globalisation, where "we need to make sure it brings benefits for all."
Meeting with the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mohamed Najib
Speaking after his meeting with the Malaysian Prime Minister Mohamed Najib, president Barroso underlined that they have launched negotiations between the EU and Malaysia for a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA), "which will provide us with a common framework to better address joint global challenges", and a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which will give a real boost to trade and investment relations and bring significant benefits to both parties.
Visit of the President of East Timor, José Ramos-Horta
Today the president of East Timor and Nobel peace prize winner José Ramos-Horta bestowed the highest decoration of East Timor upon President Barroso for his contribution to the independence and development of East Timor. President Barroso expressed how honored he was and paid tribute to the people of East Timor, the real builders of the country's independence. He ensured President Ramos-Horta that the EU's commitment to help strengthening East Timor will remain firm. The European Union is a key donor in East Timor.
Visit of the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung
Excellent potential as regards relations between the European Union and Vietnam
Following his meeting with the Vietnamese Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung, President Barroso expressed his wish that EU-Vietnam relations should be as dynamic and successful as the country itself. "Today, we have made a real step in that direction. The new Partnership and Cooperation Agreement that we have just signed opens the way for wide-ranging cooperation," he stated, adding "Prime Minister Dung and I share a desire to go even further".
Visit of the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard
After the meeting with the Australian Prime Minster Julia Gillard, president Barroso welcomed Australia's entry into ASEM and the Australian initiative to develop further the EU-Australia relationship. He said "let me tell you on my own behalf, on behalf of the European Commission, that we very much support the idea of giving more important expression to the relationship between Australia and the EU". As partners in the G20, the leaders discussed financial and economic governance and the need to cooperate in multilateral fora.
Meeting with the Prime Minister of Thailand, Mr Abhisit Wechachiwa
"The European Union is a long standing friend of Thailand and we follow very closely the evolution of events in this country," said president Barroso after a very open and constructive discussion with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit. Leaders discussed the ongoing negotiations on a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement and reviewed current trade issues. On the latter, president Barroso stressed: "This is clearly a field where there is still considerable untapped potential in our relationship."
The 2010 Ryder Cup, Wales, United Kingdom
President Barroso attended the Opening of the 2010 Ryder Cup where he stated that as President of the European Commission, the Ryder Cup has a special significance for him. "It is the one sporting event where Europe is represented by a single team, drawn this year from throughout the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain and Germany," he said and underlined that "here sportsmanship is more important than sport. Here the fans on the fairway are the real mark of success."
20th anniversary of the German reunification, 3 October 2010
The 3rd October is a day of joy, for Germany, for Europe and for me personally
Ahead of the 20th anniversary celebrations of German unity, President Barroso confirmed that the German and European unity are two sides of the same coin, as once expressed by Helmut Kohl. This is reflected in continued strong dedication and commitment of Germany for Europe. "German unity has influenced positively the development of Europe. In turn Germany benefited from the enlargement as no other country. Today, Germany is a very important stability and growth engine for Europe," concluded the President.