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Brussels, 7 June 2011

Message of congratulations by President Barroso to Mr Nikola Gruevski, Leader of VMRO-DPMNE

"On behalf of the European Commission, I would like to warmly congratulate you in your capacity as leader of VMRO-DPMNE on the result of the parliamentary election of 5 June.

I wish you every success in overcoming the challenges that lie ahead of you and look forward to a speedy formation of the new government.

We share the common goal of your country's integration into the European Union and we are confident that the new government will make every effort to ensure progress on the important issues that remain to be addressed in your course towards the European Union.

Looking ahead, the European Commission anticipates continued close cooperation with you and the new government and we extend you our full support.

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

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