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President Barroso congratulates the new Prime Minister of Italy, Mr Enrico Letta

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After the successful vote of confidence in both chambers of the Italian Parliament, President Barroso congratulated Enrico Letta on his appointment as Prime Minister and on the formation of a new government.

The President said that the launch of this new phase in Italian politics and the start of work by the new government come at a crucial time for European integration. He added that he is looking forward to Prime Minister Letta's contribution to the deepening of the economic, monetary and political integration of the European Union.

On Italy's economic strategy, President Barroso said: "I am also certain that I can rely on your commitment to carry on the process of necessary reforms so that together Europe’s citizens are able to cope with the challenges posed by the crisis by working towards restoring growth and jobs."

He concluded by expressing his confidence that that the relations between the new Italian government and the European Commission will prove to be rewarding and constructive.

"I wish you every success with your newly assumed responsibilities".

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