President Barroso said in his statement in Strasbourg: "The Euro area must be strengthened, yes, but not at the expense of the wider Union."
Turning to the current economic situation, the Commission President said at a press conference: "It is not that we have to choose between fiscal consolidation or growth – we need both.
And we must continue to resist the fatalism of those that think Europe is condemned to recession."
Mr Barroso also called for Member States to reach agreement on the European patent: "We have been discussing this for decades. I call on the three Member States, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, who are holding this up over the site of some offices, to swiftly find a compromise."