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Brussels, 8 July 2011

Message of congratulations from President Barroso to Mr Andris Bērziņš, President of the Republic of Latvia

"On behalf of the European commission and myself, I would like to congratulate you on your inauguration as President of the Republic of Latvia.

You are taking office at an important time, as Latvia approaches the completion of the economic stabilisation programme.

By taking resolute action to address economic imbalances, Latvia has set an example for other countries facing similar challenges. I trust that this determination will be maintained. Under your leadership, Latvia will have an opportunity to enter a new era of sustainable and inclusive growth, based on European solidarity and democratic values.

I wish you every success as Head of State and look forward to working with you. I would very much welcome to meet you at your convenience."

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