28.02.2012 - Please find below a letter on boosting growth, competitiveness and employment that President Barroso has sent to the members of the European Council. Included is an annex providing an overview of the state of play on initiatives referred to in the letter received from 12 Member States.
President Barroso will give a pre-European Council press conference on Wednesday 29 February at midday.
Selected quotes from the letter:
"Now it's time to be concrete. Now it's time decide on the concrete proposals the Commission has put on the table."
"We all agree on the importance of taking the right decisions for our future growth and competitiveness. The true test we now face is whether we can translate these good intentions into results on the ground."
"Research and innovation hold the key to Europe's future competitiveness. This is another area where acting now will pay rich dividends in the future…And I need not repeat how important a swift agreement on a European patent is – after a thirty year wait, it is time to deliver."
"Nobody wants to see the innovative potential of small businesses being smothered by red tape… We have already tabled measures that would reduce administrative burden by up to €40 billion. They have not all been adopted to date".
"Your letter concludes by recognising that the ambitious agenda that we share 'requires leadership and tough political decisions'. I agree – and you will not find the Commission wanting in this regard."