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Statement following the terrorist act in Marrakech

29/04/2011

Moroccan flag

In a joint statement, President Barroso and High Representative and Vice-President Catherine Ashton strongly condemned the terrorist act which took place in Marrakech, calling it hideous and stating that the perpetrators have shown ‘no respect for human life and dignity’. Giving their condolences to the families, President Barroso and High Representative Ashton also confirmed European support for the Moroccan people at this difficult time.

Read the joint statement by President Barroso and the High Representative/Vice-President Ashton

Visit to CERN

20/04/2011

Juhanson (Commons)

President Barroso today visited CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, near Geneva. He stated that "CERN is a true European centre of excellence: a place where our collective talent is pooled and produces cutting-edge research, European in its foundations but global in its outlook." CERN's role in Europe's research and innovation policy and ways to further strengthen cooperation with the Commission were at the centre of the discussions during the visit.

Official visit to Ukraine

Nuclear safety is a global issue that requires a global response.

18/04/2011

President Barroso © EU

"We must work together to meet all the challenges related to the use of nuclear energy and technologies" President Barroso said at the Kiev Nuclear Safety Summit. He added that "nuclear risks do not stop at our borders. Our responsibility and solidarity should not stop at our borders either". At the Chernobyl Pledging Conference earlier today President Barroso confirmed an additional pledge by the Commission of 110 million Euro to transform Chernobyl into a secure and environmentally safe site.

 

"Bringing Ukraine and the EU closer together is a common strategic objective"

President Barroso met with Ukraine's President Yanukovich and Prime Minister Azarov to discuss the way ahead in EU-Ukraine relations, especially on the new Association Agreement including a deep and comprehensive free trade area. "Now is the time to tackle the remaining issues so that we can finalize the negotiations this year and open a new chapter in our relationship" he said. Closer ties are also "an anchor and driver for Ukraine's political and economic reforms", he added.

The president's speech following his meeting with President of Ukraine Mr Yanukovich

Speech at Kyiv University: "On the way to open a new chapter in the EU-Ukraine relationship"

Remarks by President Barroso at the press point after the Chernobyl Pledging Conference

Press release

Background information

Speech at the Kiev Summit for safe and innovative use of Nuclear Energy

Video on the visit

Video: "Chernobyl, 25 Years On: Safety for the Future" conference

Visit to Denmark

15/04/2011

UE

"I congratulated the Prime Minister for the decision of Denmark to join the Euro Plus Pact", President Barroso said after talks with Prime Minister Rasmussen and before they both attended the meeting of the European University Association. He then praised the Danish contribution to economic reform and underlined the pioneering role Denmark plays in smart, sustainable growth and innovation. He also thanked Denmark for support in deepening of the Single Market.

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Joint Parliamentary Meeting on Western Balkans

14/04/2011

EP

The enlargement process is "about a transformational agenda which impacts the entire structure of a country", declared President Barroso in the EP. Referring to his recent visit to the Balkans, he noted: "The region is clearly on the move". He stressed his commitment that these countries had to be part of the EU. Underlining that enlargement is one of the most successful policies of the EU, he also reminded that becoming an EU member "calls for mutual respect and a willingness to work together".

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Official visit to Western Balkans

Meeting with François Fillon, Prime Minister of France

14/04/2011

François Fillon © EU

Receiving François Fillon, President Barroso was delighted to note that France and the Commission shared the same views on economic governance and immigration policy. Immigration is a ‘European challenge which requires a European response’, he said. ‘The progress made in the last year is a considerable step forward,’ he declared on the subject of economic governance, whilst reiterating the need to put into practice the decisions taken last March.

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Single Market Act

These are proposals for citizens and proposals for companies that open up opportunities.

13/04/2011

President Barroso © EU

President Barroso presented today the Single Market Act. It includes 12 priority actions to unlock the Single Market's potential for European growth and to restore the confidence of citizens and businesses in its benefits. He stated: "The Single Market is not just another policy area. It is what makes Europe real for our citizens and businesses. It allows us all to reach beyond our national borders. The Commission will be the implacable defender of the single market."

Read the statement by President Barroso

Press release on the Single Market Act

Single Market Act – Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Communication on the Single Market Act

Press release on the Commissions proposal for a unitary patent protection

Commission proposes unitary patent protection in 25 Member States – Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Proposals for Enhanced cooperation in the area of unitary patent protection

Official visit to Tunisia

The EU will remain at the side of those who progress along the path to democracy and reform

12/04/2011

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Following his meeting with the Prime Minister of Tunisia Béji Caied Essebsi, President Barroso paid homage to the Tunisian people, adding that "Tunisia has been the first country to begin this transition process and I would like it to be the first example of the new generation of our Partnership" for democracy and shared prosperity. The three strands of the Partnership are support for democratic transition, civil society involvement and aid for inclusive growth.

"My message to the people of Tunisia is clear: Europe is with you!"

President Barroso will be in Tunisia on 12 April to bring European support to the political and economic transition of the country. He will meet the interim President, M'Bazaa, and Prime Minister Essebsi. The day before the visit, the President said "Tunisia is leading the movement for freedom and democracy in the Arab world, and it is our responsibility to support these historic reforms. Europe is ready to meet this historic challenge."

Read the President's speech made on the day before the visit

Read the President’s speech following his meeting with the Tunisian Prime Minister

Read the President's speech after the meeting with the Tunisian President

Watch the video

Conférence de presse du Président Barroso à la fin de sa visite en Tunisie pdf - 26 KB [26 KB] français (fr)

Official visit to Western Balkans

We want you to move towards membership. But for that, all political actors need to do their part.

11/04/2011

President Barroso © EU

After the meeting with the Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Mr Nikola Gruevski, President Barroso said that "the EU's commitment to your European future remains very firm". In light of this, President Barroso and Prime Minister Gruevski agreed on two concrete steps: "the establishment of a High-Level Accession Dialogue, which would take place twice a year, to speed up the implementation of needed reforms, and an Economic Policy Conference that addresses strategic challenges".

 

After meeting the Prime Minister of Montenegro Igor Lukšić, President Barroso said that he is "pleased with the commitment and the efforts demonstrated", and stressed: "The key now is implementation. Strong leadership and ownership are needed to address the priorities, in particular those related to the rule of law." He finished by expressing confidence that "Montenegro will soon be able to take its rightful place within the European family."

 

"Bosnia and Herzegovina is a part of the European family and has a European future."

Following the meeting with the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, President Barroso stated: "Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to become a member of the European Union. Bosnia and Herzegovina is a part of the European family and has a European future. The EU is ready to help you through its reinforced presence and policies, and substantial aid. But Bosnia and Herzegovina has to do its own part."

 

"Now is the time for Croatia to walk the final mile!"

In Croatia, President Barroso met with Prime Minister Ms Jadranka Kosor. The President said that "The European Commission is looking forward to welcoming Croatia as the 28th EU Member State as soon as possible". He encouraged Croatia to "tackle the last difficult reforms before the accession process can be concluded". "Now is the time for Croatia to walk the final mile!" Barroso added.

 

"The countries of South Eastern Europe belong in the European Union."

During his visit from 7 - 9 April, President Barroso will meet with the leaders of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the FYROM, as well as civil society representatives. He said: "The countries of South Eastern Europe belong in the European Union. It is for the countries themselves to determine the pace of their European future. I will encourage the leaders in the region to accelerate the reforms and tackle the challenges and conditions with renewed vigour. Now is the time to deliver."

Read the statement following the meeting with the Croatian Prime Minister

The President's speech at the Croatian Parliament

The President's statement following his meeting with the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina

President's speech: "Parliament for Europe" pdf - 33 KB [33 KB]

President's speech: "Parliament for Europe" (in Bosnian) pdf - 47 KB [47 KB]

Read the statement following the meeting with Igor Lukšic, Prime Minister of Montenegro

Read the statement following the meeting with Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of FYROM

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Joint Parliamentary Meeting on Western Balkans

Message of condolence to Brazil

11/04/2011

Brazilian flag

Expressing his deep sorrow, President Barroso conveyed his most heartfelt condolences to the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and to all the victims' families after the tragic death of twelve children killed in a shooting in a school in Rio de Janeiro.

Read the message in Portuguese

Official visit to Western Balkans – Montenegro

08/04/2011

Prime Minister of Montenegro Igor Lukšić and President Barroso © EU

After meeting the Prime Minister of Montenegro Igor Lukšić, President Barroso said that he is "pleased with the commitment and the efforts demonstrated", and stressed: "The key now is implementation. Strong leadership and ownership are needed to address the priorities, in particular those related to the rule of law." He finished by expressing confidence that "Montenegro will soon be able to take its rightful place within the European family."

Statement by President Barroso following his meeting with the Prime Minister of Montenegro

Results of the European Council before the European Parliament

05/04/2011

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In the European Parliament, President Barroso indicated his satisfaction with the results of the European Council. He also announced a Commission Proposal on the taxation of the financial sector and then summed up his telephone meetings with the Tunisian Prime Minister and the Japanese Prime Minister. On the subject of nuclear power, he insisted that 'it is necessary to respond to public concerns and to ensure maximum nuclear safety' through 'stress tests' and an improved legislative framework.

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Question Hour with President Barroso

05/04/2011

President Barroso © EU

The main topics of the Question Hour with President Barroso in the European Parliament today were the EU action following the nuclear incident in Japan, nuclear safety and stress tests for nuclear plants, and safety of food and feed imports from Japan. The President insisted that at present there is no health risk in Europe. He outlined the Commission's intention to align EU norms to Japanese norms as a precautionary temporary measure.

Video highlights from the session

Read the transcript in the original language

Watch the video in all European languages

Meeting with Bill Gates

The Commission and the Gates Foundation share a goal: boosting development and tackling global challenges

05/04/2011

Bill Gates

"The Commission and the Gates Foundation share a fundamental goal: Helping developing nations and tackling global challenges" said President Barroso after the meeting with Bill Gates, where they discussed cooperation in two key sectors – agriculture and food security, and global health. The President announced the future Commission participation in the "Living proof" project: "It is extremely important for our citizens to understand that their generosity has an effect."

The Commission presented the 2010 preliminary figures on official development aid spent by the EU and its 27 Member States. Aid rose by about €4.5 billion from 2009, reaching a total of €53.8 billion, which confirms the EU's position as the largest and most generous donor of official development assistance, providing more than half of global official aid.

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Video highlights from the meeting

Read the press release on the official development aid figures

See the preliminary data on Official Development Assistance 2010