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Brussels, 28 April 2013

EUCO 99/13



Herman Van Rompuy,
President of the European Council,
congratulates Prime Minister Enrico Letta
on the formation of the new government of Italy

On behalf of the European Union and personally I would like to warmly congratulate Prime Minister Enrico Letta on the formation of the new government. I am sure that under his leadership there will be a strong impetus for political stability in Italy.

I would also like to convey to Prime Minister Letta that he and his government will have full support from the European institutions for the continuation of the necessary reforms for growth and jobs, whilst respecting sound public finances, that Italy has embarked upon. The EU will continue to stand by Italy in pursuing our common commitment to overcome the economic crisis and promoting growth and jobs.

I look forward to welcoming him at the next European Council in May, where I am sure that he will continue Italy's role and contribution to our European project.

Finally, I would like to express my full appreciation to Mario Monti. Under his government - and with the full support of the Parliament - Italy has carried out difficult but necessary reforms to put public finances in order and to promote competitiveness. These important results are not only in the interest of Italy but of the whole of Europe and the eurozone.

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