Brussels, 22 June 2011
Message of congratulations from President Barroso to Mr Jyrki Katainen, Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland
"On behalf of the European Commission and myself, I would like to congratulate you warmly as you take up your new duties as Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland.
Europe is presently facing perhaps the most serious economic crisis in its history. A lot has already been done to tackle the crisis and to restore sustainable growth and job creation. However, further action is still needed. I am confident that Finland under your leadership and commitment will continue to contribute actively and constructively to these efforts as well as to other important issues on the European agenda.
I am looking forward to continue the traditionally excellent co-operation between the Finnish Government and the European Commission.
I wish you and your new Government every success."