Mr Barroso went on to set out in detail his political vision of how the EU can emerge from the current economic crisis and build “a better, stronger and a more united Europe”. In an accompanying open letter to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, Mr Barroso listed the policy initiatives the Commission will bring forward between now and the next European Parliament elections in mid-2014.
A summary of the speech and accompanying material can be found on President Barroso’s website
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