"The economic crisis we are facing now is a moment of transformation in world history. Generally speaking, a crisis means a crucial or decisive situation, a turning point.
During these difficult times we have to bear in mind that the history of European integration is also a history of various crisis. We have gone through troubled waters. We have learned that the most efficient way to meet the challenges is solid cooperation. In the spirit of determination of the founding Fathers of the European Union, I am sure that we can also come out of this crisis with credit."