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Brussels, 5 July 2010

Message from Mr José Manuel Durão Barroso, President of the European Commission, to His Excellency Mr. Pál Schmitt, President-Elect of the Republic of Hungary

"Dear Mr President,

On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to offer you my warmest congratulations on your election as President of the Republic of Hungary.

Your election has come at a crucial time, as Hungary, together with other Member States, embarks on the path of economic recovery. Your country faces difficult choices in difficult times. It is also actively preparing to take over the presidency of the European Union. Addressing you as former Vice President of the European Parliament, I am confident about your deep commitment to the European Project. I hope for your active involvement in communicating this success story, sharing our common values and interests and the actions we take together to tackle the challenges we face today.

I wish you every success in your mandate as Head of State and I look forward to working with you towards a united and prosperous Europe, which is our joint responsibility.

Please accept, dear Mr President, the assurance of my highest consideration.

José Manuel Durão Barroso"

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