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Brussels, 19 September 2012
Statement after the meeting between President Barroso and EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti
President Barroso met this afternoon with the new EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti. President Barroso congratulated Sir Chakrabarti on his new role and the two Presidents agreed to reinforce the already close working relationship between the EBRD and the European Commission.
The Presidents exchanged views on the bank's activities in particular on the EBRD's engagement across the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region. President Barroso, considering this a very relevant political priority, emphasized the need to ensure that investments are made rapidly in this region while taking account of the different conditions in each country.
President Barroso underlined the importance of continued EBRD support to the EU Member States in Central and Eastern Europe to support growth in this region.