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European Commission


Brussels, 1 July 2012

Message of congratulations from President Barroso to Mr Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of the Republic of Iceland

"I would like to warmly congratulate you on your re-election as President of the Republic of Iceland.

As we move forward in the accession negotiations, I am sure that we will continue to have an open and constructive discussion about how to make progress on Iceland's path of European integration. I am confident that under your leadership the close co-operation between the European Union and Iceland will deepen further, both in our traditional partnership within the framework of the Agreement on the European Economic Area and in our continuously strengthened bilateral relations.

We look forward to continuing our co-operation with you and your fellow citizens at all levels of society. I would like to assure you of the strong commitment of the European Commission to further pursue the privileged relationship between the EU and Iceland, including our continued readiness to fully assist Iceland in pursuing EU membership.

I wish you every success during your mandate and look forward to working with you."

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