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Brussels, 12 March 2010

President Barroso visits Madeira and expresses solidarity

The President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso today visited the island of Madeira to assess personally the damages caused by the storm that affected the island on 20th of February. The President expressed his condolences to the regional government and to the families of the victims. He reiterated the readiness of the European Commission to assist the national and regional authorities, namely through the use of the European Solidarity Fund. Furthermore the President was deeply impressed by the effort of reconstruction in this short period of time, which is already showing results, thus enabling this region to remain one of the excellent tourist destinations of Europe.

Photo and video material will be available on the following websites later this afternoon:

Website of the President

Website of the Audio-visual Service

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