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Brussels, 20 April 2013

Message of congratulations from President Barroso to the new President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano

On behalf of the European Commission and on my own behalf, I would like to congratulate you on your re-election as President of the Republic of Italy.

In renewing your mandate as Head of State, the Italian Parliament confirms the success of your first mandate, during which you have fulfilled your institutional role to the full as the constitutional guarantor of national unity and in promoting the international standing of the country.

Your re-election comes at a crucial time in the integration process, which requires both national governments and the European Institutions to display great calmness, courage and farsightedness.

Now more than ever Europe’s citizens are asking our institutions for a renewed democratic commitment capable of overcoming the crisis by restoring growth and jobs.

I am sure that, with you as President, Italy, in accordance with its pro-European traditions, will continue to make a decisive contribution to our common European ideal.

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