Message of condolences to the King of Morocco
Following an accident involving a military plane that occurred on 26 July in southern Morocco, President Barroso sent a message of condolences to His Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco. The President expressed, on behalf of the Commission, his sympathy for and solidarity with the families of the victims and the Moroccan people.
Message to the Prime Minister of Norway
President Barroso has sent a message to the Prime Minister of Norway, following the bomb blast in Oslo today: "It is with the utmost shock that I have observed the events unfolding in Oslo this afternoon. The bomb attack in the middle of the Government quarter has produced abhorrent images and I understand that there have been both fatal victims as well as serious injured ones. I would like to express my deepest condolences to the victims of this despicable attack and their families."
Euro area summit, 21 July 2011
We needed a credible package: we have a credible package
"It is the first time since the beginning of the crisis that we can say that politics and the markets are coming together" said President Barroso after the meeting of the Heads of State or Government of the Euro area. He underlined that the credible package adopted today "deals with both the concerns of the markets and of citizens. It responds also to the concerns of all Member States of the Euro area. It is a package that every government has signed up to." President Barroso called on "every one to go out and defend and implement with determination this package."
"The situation requires full engagement by everyone at the summit, and I believe we will have it"
"Nobody should be under any illusion: The situation is very serious" said President Barroso in a statement in advance of the Euro area summit on the 21 July. He urged European leaders to "show the ethics of European responsibility" and stated that the minimum to be done at the summit should be to provide clarity on the following points:
President Barroso also announced that the Commission has created a "Task Force for Greece" in order to bring growth back to the country. On financial regulation, the Commission adopted the proposal for the transposition of the Basel III agreement on bank capital requirements. "Once again, with this, Europe will be the first mover" the President added.
Statement on the arrest of Goran Hadzic
In a joint statement with President Van Rompuy and HRVP Ashton, President Barroso welcomed the arrest of Goran Hadzic, stressing that it was "a further important step for Serbia in realising its European perspective. The Serbian nation is now in the process of confronting the past and turning the page to a better European future." The President also reminded that full cooperation with the ICTY continues to be essential.
President Barroso visits heart of Egypt's revolution
I come here to offer a vote of confidence in the people and the future of Egypt
During his visit to Egypt, President Barroso will hold meetings with the Head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Tantawi, Prime Minister Sharaf, religious leaders and civil society representatives to stress the European Union's strong support for Egypt's reforms and the region's democratic transition. At the Cairo Opera House, President Barroso set out the EU's strategic offer under the Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity: "This support is based on shared accountability. A stronger commitment to the principles of the Arab Spring will mean more support from the European Union. Democracy, freedom and openness are the fundamental values that will bind Europe and Egypt together in the future" he added.
Meeting with Mahmoud Jibril, Chairman of the Libyan TNC
We will help to build a democratic Libya, respectful of human rights, good governance and the rule of law
President Barroso met Mahmoud Jibril, the Chairman of the Transitional National Council of Libya, to discuss developments in Libya and preparations for the post-conflict phase. "We are working towards a political solution, a transition that respects the aspirations of the Libyan people and the unity and sovereignty of the country", President Barroso stressed. He underlined that the EU was ready to assist a new Libya. "Our post-conflict assistance is being set up so we can start work from day one".
Meeting with the Minister-President of Sachsen-Anhalt, Dr. Reiner Haseloff
President Barroso met the Minister-President of Sachsen-Anhalt, Dr. Reiner Haseloff, who is the current president-in-office of the German Conference of Minister-Presidents. They discussed notably the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 and agreed on the importance of an appropriate level of cohesion policy support, including for regions whose economic wealth exceeds 75% of GDP but stays below 90% of GDP (so-called transition regions). President Barroso explained some elements of the Commission's proposal, notably how the "Connecting Europe Facility" will help to improve European infrastructure in energy, transport and information and communication technologies. He also expressed his commitment to a Europe of the Regions and welcomed the high share of renewable energy in Sachsen-Anhalt and the innovative capacity of its economy.
Meeting with Horst Seehofer, Minister-President of Bavaria
The Multiannual Financial Framework 2014 – 2020 was the main topic of the meeting between President Barroso and Minister-President Seehofer. President Barroso made the case for an ambitious and realistic budget with investments for Europe's growth and jobs, while taking into account budgetary constraints. Mr. Seehofer praised the proposals, including a Financial Transaction Tax, as smart and announced their thourough assessment by Germany and Bavaria. President Barroso highlighted Bavaria's competitiveness and its role as one of Europe's export engines. He counts on Bavaria and Germany "to keep up the strong support for our European project."
Message of congratulations to Mr Andris Bērziņš
President Barroso congratulated Mr Andris Bērziņš for taking office as President of the Republic of Latvia "at an important time, as Latvia approaches the completion of the economic stabilisation programme". The President underlined that Latvia is an example for other countries by taking resolute action to address economic imbalances, and has "an opportunity to enter a new era of sustainable and inclusive growth, based on European solidarity and democratic values"
It was with great sadness that I learned of the unexpected passing of Diogo Vasconcelos.
I should like at this time to send my sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
I remember in particular his work as Director of UMIC, the Knowledge Society Agency, which pioneered e-government and administrative modernisation in Portugal, work from which the country is still today reaping the benefits. I remember as well his contribution as Vice-President of the Political Commission of the PSD, from which both the PSD and myself benefited.
Also noteworthy was the important contribution he made, discreet yet essential, to various European Commission initiatives in the fields of social innovation, the digital agenda and sustainable development. I can bear testimony to the appreciation felt by all who worked with him and who were inspired by the vision and innovative thinking that made Diogo one of the leading lights of his generation.
José Manuel Durão Barroso
Speech at Harvard Club of Belgium
Addressing the Harvard Club of Belgium, President Barroso said with regard to rating agencies that 27 countries and cultures are not easy to stitch together. "But the powerful political forces that bring us to compromise and keep us together are very hard for a capital market to price. Yet they are very much real". He also criticised the Pavlovian rejection of the Commission's proposals for a financial framework 2014-2020 by some capitals, while announcing that the Commission will fight hard to keep the coherence of the proposals. According to him a financial transaction tax would be a "useful, responsible and popular tax".
Laying the ground for Europe's future prosperity
This very first Polish Presidency of the Council appears to be a good omen for the future of Europe.
A College meeting with the Polish Government was organized in Warsaw to discuss the most urgent issues at the agenda of the Polish presidency of the Council in the coming months. These include the economic situation, connecting Europe projects and the Neighbourhood policy. "I am sure that Poland is in a better position now to shape the debates to come including the debate on the future financial perspectives, but also to ask and commit with all the other Member States for a joint approach to the challenges we are facing in Europe and in the world", President Barroso said.
"Poland will need to show strong leadership to steer a course through turbulent events while maintaining its ambitious agenda"
President Barroso, discussing the incoming Polish Presidency of the Council in the European Parliament, expressed the full support of the Commission to Poland for its agenda. On the Multi-annual Financial Framework, he spoke of its added value for the EU and drew parallels with the Polish Presidency priorities. Mentioning recent news on the Danish border controls, he said that "undermining free movement is jeopardising the internal market, solidarity among Europeans and the very European project"
"Poland takes its rightful place in the driving seat of the European Union"
At the start of the Presidency, an interview of President Barroso was published, in which the President underlined that Poland has taken on the Council Presidency for the first time in its history. Poland has escaped recession and is now one of the European Union's drivers of growth. This puts it in a strong position to push forward with its ambitious agenda for a stronger, stable and open European Union. At the same time, it faces not only a challenging economic backdrop, but also the responsibility to move forward with proposals that will impact our Union for many years to come, not least on the EU's budget for 2014-2020.
On 1 July in Warsaw, President Barroso participated in the inauguration ceremonies of the first Polish Presidency of the European Council. Before that event, he met with the Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk, for a working session. The President also took the opportunity of this visit to meet Polish entrepreneurs and representatives of a wide variety of sectors such as energy, e-commerce and the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.
Conclusion of the Hungarian Presidency
President Barroso praised the work of the Hungarian Presidency, noticing the progress made in several fields. On economic issues, an agreement on the economic governance package is within sight, and Member States agreed on the EU patent. On migration, FRONTEX has been strengthened, and a Common European Asylum System should be complete by 2012. President Barroso also welcomed the conclusions of negotiations with Croatia and the fact that "neighbourhood policy is more than ever at the top of the Union's agenda".
Inauguration ceremonies of the first Polish Presidency of the Council
On 1 July in Warsaw, President Barroso will participate in the inauguration ceremonies of the first Polish Presidency of the European Council. Before that event, he will meet with the Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk, for a working session. The President will also take the opportunity of this visit to meet Polish entrepreneurs and representatives of a wide variety of sectors such as energy, e-commerce and the pharmaceutical and chemical industries.