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Response to the joint letter from Mr Berlusconi and Mr Sarkozy

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Responding to the joint letter from Silvio Berlusconi and Nicolas Sarkozy on the question of migration in the Mediterranean, President Barroso recalled the importance of a stronger partnership with these countries. The Commission is also in favour of strengthening Frontex and of examining a strengthening of the rules of the Schengen Agreement. He also recalled the importance of a real European asylum policy and expressed the wish to reach an agreement on policy reform before 2012.

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