Opening ceremony of the Shanghai EXPO 2010
President Barroso alongside vice president/High Representative Ashton attended the Shanghai EXPO 2010 opening ceremony today. The EU is represented with its own pavilion, showing that the EU is part of the new global horizons symbolised by the Expo. For Barroso, this is also an occasion to bring people closer together and build stronger ties between the citizens of the European Union and China. Barroso stated: "It is an occasion to celebrate our relationship."
President's Barroso speech at Tsinghua University, Beijing
In his speech president Barroso stressed the 35-year-old strong strategic partnership between EU-China. In the meantime both countries evolved and China became an important international player. Due to the very scale of China's economy and its geostrategic importance, China's actions affect the rest of the world. "And what China does not do will also affect the rest of the world and ultimately also China," stressed Barroso and added that Europe stands ready to work in partnership with China.
Weekly Commission meeting
"Commission in favour of an Intergovernmental Conference on the composition of the EP"
The European Commission adopted an Opinion recommending the opening of an intergovernmental conference to deal with transitional measures for the composition of the European Parliament, as proposed by the Spanish government. The latter submitted a formal proposal with the aim of allowing an additional 18 Members of the EP to take office by 1 December 2010. The Commission Opinion recommends opening an intergovernmental conference as soon as possible, remaining strictly limited to the discussion of the Spanish proposal.
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Working lunch with Nicolas Sarkozy, Paris
President Barroso met the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. They reviewed key European and international affairs, and discussed in particular the necessity to take swift and decisive action against the speculation about Greece. Barroso also stressed the importance of strengthening the coordination and monitoring of Member States’ economic policies. He also confirmed the European Commission’s desire to develop global economic and financial governance.
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Meeting with the EIT board
President Barroso and Commissioner Vassiliou met Martin Schuurmans, chairman of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, members of the EIT governing board and representatives of the EIT's newly created 'Knowledge and Innovation Communities'. Discussions focused on the importance of the EIT's contribution to achieving the goals of the Commission's ‘Europe 2020' strategy and the EIT's place and future development in the EU higher education, research and innovation landscape.
Official visit to Japan 28 April 2010
President Barroso will attend the 19th EU-Japan Summit held in Tokyo alongside President of the European Council Van Rompuy. The meeting will be hosted by Japanese prime minister Yukio Hatoyama and will focus on the discussion of the future framework for bilateral political and economic relations. It will also be an excellent opportunity to identify areas of concrete cooperation in the fields of global and regional issues, peace and security, economy and trade.
President's Barroso official visit to China 29 April - 1 May
"The EU and China are important global players and it is essential that we work together in addressing common challenges"
President Barroso will lead a delegation of Commissioners on a trip to China to discuss bilateral issues, global challenges such as the economic and financial crisis, climate change and international security with the Chinese leadership. Barroso: "We will seize this opportunity to generate positive momentum in our 35-year relationship and develop a far-reaching agenda for the next 5 years." Barroso will also participate in the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the inauguration of the EU Pavilion.
Meeting of the Cyprus Steering Group
On 14 April, President Barroso chaired a meeting of the Cyprus Steering Group. The Group discussed the results of the ongoing settlement talks and looked in particular at EU-related aspects of a future settlement. The overall assessment was that important progress has been made by the leaders of the two communities Demetris Christofias and Mehmet Ali Talat towards a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.
President Barroso will attend the state funeral in Poland
Alongside the Polish commissioner Janusz Lewandowski, president Barroso will attend the state funeral of the Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife in Cracow, Poland, on Sunday, 18 April. Today president Barroso signed the book of condolence in memory of all victims who passed away in the tragic airplane crash on Saturday, 10 April 2010. And in its weekly meeting the College observed a one-minute silence in respect for the victims of this terrible tragedy.