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Brussels, 21 November 2011

Message of congratulations from President Barroso to Mr Mariano Rajoy, President-elect of the Spanish Government

"On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf, I would like to offer you my warmest congratulations on your election as President of the Government of Spain.

You have received a clear and strong support from the Spanish people at an important time for both Spain and the European Union. We are confronted with one of the most demanding periods of recent decades and this will required important decisions to be taken.

In doing so, I am confident that you will preserve the strong European tradition of the Spanish governments and will actively contribute to the European project.

I wish you, your government and Spain every success and look forward to welcoming you very soon in the European Commission."

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