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EU- Eastern Partnership Summit, Warsaw

30/09/2011

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"This meeting confirmed that Eastern Partnership remains a credible framework to strengthen and deepen the relations between the EU and its Eastern partners and at the same time to help them on the path towards economic and political reforms," explained President Barroso after the EU-Eastern Partnership Summit. The President stressed that the "essence of European Union's neighbourhood policy is closely linked to the promotion of democracy, human rights, pluralism, social justice, good governance and the rule of law."

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College of Europe – Start of the 2011-2012 academic year

29/09/2011

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"After reconciliation, after reunification, I think that, for Europe, now is the time for renewal. Now is the time for a new federative impetus, for Europe to assert itself, based on a component that has too often been lacking recently: confidence," outlined President Barroso in his speech, while presenting the challenges Europe is facing now. "Let us not hesitate to defend the strength and unity of Europe, let us not hesitate to have confidence in ourselves," he stressed.

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State of the Union Address 2011

Make your voice heard. Submit your question until 5 October.

28/09/2011

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Citizens can directly address the President as part of YouTube's World View series with world leaders. Everybody can submit questions in their own language and vote on the questions until 5 October. On 6 October at 10 a.m. CET, President Barroso will answer the top questions in a live interview, which will be broadcast on http://www.youtube.com/worldview, Europe by Satellite http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm?page=3&date=10/06/2011&institution=0 and Euronews TV http://www.euronews.net/

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‘This is a financial, economic and social crisis. I believe we can say that the sovereign debt crisis today is, above all, a crisis of political confidence,’ said President Barroso in his annual State of the Union Address 2011 titled "European Renewal". President Barroso stressed that there are solutions to the crisis, which he later also presented. He outlined that "today, the Commission adopted a proposal for the Financial Transaction Tax," and added that the banking sector should also make a contribution to society. President Barroso concluded: ‘The reality today is that intergovernmental cooperation is not enough to get Europe out of this crisis, nor to provide a future for Europe.’

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70th birthday of Dr. E. Stoiber, Munich

28/09/2011

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President Barroso attended the birthday event of Dr. Edmund Stoiber, chairman of the Commission's High Level Group on the reduction of administrative burdens. In his speech, delivered in German, he praised Mr Stoiber's work and his European commitment.

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Statement on Nuclear Safety: EU response to Fukushima accident

22/09/2011

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In his speech at the high-level meeting on nuclear safety, President Barroso focused on the EU response to the accident at Fukushima, and welcomed the United Nations' initiative for a global, comprehensive reflection on nuclear safety issues. President Barroso underlined that the EU "supports tighter international rules for safe and sustainable use of nuclear energy, and we have, in our own realm, taken the lead on this."

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Statement on the agreement on economic governance

This agreement gives the EU and its Member States a powerful tool to avoid falling into the trap of unsustainable debt

20/09/2011

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A year after the Commission presented a package of six legislative proposals to strengthen the economic governance of the European Union and of the euro area in particular, an agreement has been finalised. Pending formal endorsement by the European Parliament and the Council, this will allow the package to enter into force. "This is excellent news for Europe," stressed President Barroso. He added: "This agreement gives the EU and its Member States a powerful tool – one missing until now – to avoid falling into the trap of unsustainable debt." His statement also outlined the other benefits arising from the agreement.

Statement by President Barroso following the agreement on the economic governance package

Speech at the Leaders' Dialogue on Climate Change

20/09/2011

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"We do not have much time, but it is crucial that we maintain the momentum of Cancun," stated President Barroso in New York and continued: "The EU is willing to consider a second commitment period – but only as part of a broader package. A package that improves Kyoto rules; that creates new market mechanisms; and in which other major emitters also commit to doing their fair share."

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66th UN General Assembly, New York, 20 – 23 September 2011

19/09/2011

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President Barroso will together with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, High-Representative/Vice-President Ashton, and Commissioners Piebalgs, Dalli, Georgieva and Hedegaard attend the 66th UN General Assembly. He will hold bilateral meetings and participate in a number of high-level events on climate change, nuclear safety, Libya and sustainable consumption. The EU's statement at the General debate will be delivered for the first time by the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.

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EU – South Africa Summit

South Africa is a key partner for the European Union

15/09/2011

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"Few nations embody the great global shifts of our time better than South Africa. Nelson Mandela represents the importance of upholding universal values and the power of building bridges as a way to bring those values to life," said President Barroso at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory. He stressed South Africa's peaceful transformation and described the good relations between EU and South Africa. The President also reassured all those who stand for freedom in Africa that "the European Union stands with you as your partner," and concluded his address with Mandela's words: "It always seems impossible until it is done."

President Barroso described the Summit as "a testimony of the excellent relations between the EU and South Africa". During this event, bilateral issues and matters of global relevance, like the next G20 Summit and the fight against climate change, were discussed. President Barroso: "We have been able to tackle issues of common interest in a spirit of friendship and mutual understanding, while continuing to deepen and broaden as well our cooperation."

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President's speech at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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EP debate on the economic crisis and the euro

This is a fight for the economic and political future of Europe. This is a fight for European integration itself.

14/09/2011

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Addressing the European Parliament, President Barroso made remarks on the current economic situation and the euro and set out the Commissions' view for the way ahead. He recalled that "solid, feasible and concrete proposals have been made" which now need to be implemented, and pointed out that the "only right way to stop the negative cycle and to strengthen the euro is to deepen integration, namely within the Euro area, based on the Community method". He stressed that a new, unifying impulse – 'un nouveau moment fédérateur' is indispensable" and confirmed that "the Commission will soon present options for the introduction of Eurobonds."

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Meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

13/09/2011

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President Barroso met with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Strasbourg on 13 September. Their discussion focused on the economic situation in the euro area and in Italy in particular. The President welcomed Italy's commitment to balance its budget by 2013 and urged rapid, effective and rigorous implementation of the latest measures. Both leaders also agreed on the need to further strengthen Europe's economic governance.

Statement by President Barroso following the meeting

Meeting with the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel

To have success we need more, not less, Europe.

12/09/2011

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Today, President Barroso met Chancellor Merkel to take stock of the situation in the Euro area. Both agreed about the extraordinary importance of the euro for Europe and Germany and on the fact that stability and growth in the euro area member states are an essential precondition for a stable euro. Both also affirmed that the approval procedures for the enhanced EFSF should be concluded by end of September. After the meeting, President Barroso said: "The Euro is, and remains, a real asset for both Germany and the EU as a whole, and Germans have much more to gain than to lose from their contribution to the 'Rettungsschirm'. Help can only continue to those who make all efforts to bring their house in order. Like Germany, the Commission is working for the EU to emerge from the crisis stronger, as a Stability Union and as a Growth Union. To have success we need more, not less, Europe. Deeper integration is part of the solution to prevent debt crises in the future. It will not happen overnight, but it will happen, in a steadfast, democratic process. What both the citizens and the markets want, is political determination and economic discipline. This is what the EU needs to deliver."

Statement of President Barroso after his meeting with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin

The 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the US

09/09/2011

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On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the United States President Barroso and President Van Rompuy stated:" Today, Europe honours the victims and expresses its solidarity with those who lost their loved ones in these and all other terrorist attacks", and added that "Europe stands shoulder to shoulder with our friends and allies in the global fight against terrorist networks and their economic backbone."

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Official visits to Australia and New Zealand, 4-9 September

The European Union – a committed partner for New Zealand and the Pacific.

08/09/2011

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After receiving an honorary Doctorate of Law from Auckland University on Thursday, President Barroso delivered the University's annual Europa lecture on the topic of "The European Union a committed partner for New Zealand and the Pacific". The President stated his intention of ensuring the European Union steps up its bilateral relationship with New Zealand when the current Joint Declaration comes under review in 2012, and his belief that the EU and Pacific nations will enjoy increasingly deep relationships in coming years.

President Barroso also addressed and took questions from a large audience at the New Zealand - Europe Business Council in Auckland. The President congratulated New Zealanders for being "egalitarian, environmental and entrepreneurial" and expressed admiration for New Zealand's competitiveness and successful green growth. "The European Union wants to do business with you. We want to remain a top tier trading partner."

President Barroso’s keynote address to the 40th Pacific Islands Forum in Auckland included €26 million in new funding to combat climate change and promote development. “If we want to alleviate poverty and boost prosperity in the Pacific, it can only be by making your natural resources work for you, not against you.” The President urged a united EU-Pacific stance in global climate change negotiations: “We must continue to unite our forces and maintain pressure on all global partners in Durban.”

In the keynote address to the Australia National University President Barroso spoke about the shared futures of Europe and Australia in the 21st century. He noted that "Australia shows it is possible to combine economic reform with strong social protections and progress," and stressed that " the European Union welcomes the Australian Government’s efforts to tackle the carbon issue, and to develop a policy that will over time link to our own.”

In a statement following his meeting with Australian Prime Minister Gillard, President Barroso emphasised the new phase of closer cooperation between Australia and the European Union: "We share a common heritage, core interests and core values: democracy and human rights, but also openness, tolerance and global responsibility." The two leaders agreed to work towards a new, ambitious Framework Agreement that will put relations on a new footing and also signed a new agreement in the field of nuclear safety.

President Barroso met Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Long, on Sunday. They expressed their commitment their commitment to further deepen the vibrant relationship between the European Union and Singapore, notably through the conclusion of a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement and a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. They also discussed the situation in the global economy and regional situation in South East Asia and the deepening of ties between ASEAN and the European Union.

President Barroso will visit Australia from 4-7 September and New Zealand from 7-9 September. In Australia, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Gillard and other political and business leaders and civil society to deepen the already flourishing bilateral relationship. In New Zealand, the President will meet Prime Minister Key and political and business leaders to discuss a reinforcement of our ties, and attend the Pacific Islands Forum to highlight the Union's role in tackling climate change in the region.

Statement by President Barroso following the meeting with Australian Prime Minister Gillard, Press point Canberra, 5 September 2011

Summary of the meeting with Australian Prime Minister Guillard

Statement by President Barroso following the meeting with Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Long

Speech at Australia National University: Shared futures: Europe and Australia in the 21st century, Canberra, 6 September 2011

Speech at the Europe Australian Business Council Oration: Old allies, new opportunities: EU – Australia business links towards 2020 Sydney, 6 September 2011

Video - keynote address to the Australia National University

President Barroso at the Pacific Islands Forum plenary Auckland: The EU and the Pacific – a renewed partnership for a new era, New Zealand, 7 September 2011

Speech at Auckland University, 2011 Europa Lecture, 8 September 2011

Video - Official visit to New Zealand

The European Economy and New Zealand New Zealand – Europe Business Council Auckland, 8 September 2011

Video - José Manuel Barroso at Auckland University

Video - Official visit to New Zealand

Official visits to Australia and New Zealand, 4-9 September

02/09/2011

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President Barroso will visit Australia from 4-7 September and New Zealand from 7-9 September. In Australia, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Gillard and other political and business leaders and civil society to deepen the already flourishing bilateral relationship. In New Zealand, the President will meet Prime Minister Key and political and business leaders to discuss a reinforcement of our ties, and attend the Pacific Islands Forum to highlight the Union's role in tackling climate change in the region.

International Conference on Libya, Paris

The EU will stand by them on their way to freedom and democracy

02/09/2011

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President Barroso reaffirmed the European Union's determination to support the transition and economic reconstruction in Libya. He outlined ongoing EU action in the field of humanitarian aid and pointed to further support concerning critical infrastructure. Beyond immediate needs, the President expressed the EU's readiness to contribute to capacity-building, demobilisation, national reconciliation and democratisation. He stressed two essential points: the transition should be a Libyan led process, and the UN must lead the international community in providing assistance, under Libyan guidance.

President Barroso's statement following the Conference

Responding to the Challenge of Stabilisation in post-conflict Libya

Video statement by President Barroso