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Statement

Brussels, 5 May 2014

Statement by President Barroso on Portugal

Today, following his participation in the regular meeting of the Eurozone leaders (the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy, the President of the ECB Mario Draghi and the President of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem), in which Vice-President Siim Kallas and representatives of other Euro related institutions also took part, the President of the European Commission stated:

On the 17th of May, Portugal will exit the economic and financial adjustment programme put in place in 2011 with the support of the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

Portugal has announced it will do this without asking its international partners for a precautionary credit line. This is possible thanks to Portugal's rigorous implementation of the programme over the last three years, which has yielded impressive results.

Most of the serious economic imbalances that led to the crisis have been, or are being, corrected. The foundations for sustainable growth have been laid. And investor confidence has returned. It is also reassuring to hear the Portuguese Prime minister say that the country will remain on a path of sound public finances, financial stability and competitiveness.

It has not been a painless process - far from it - but it was unavoidable. I would like to praise the Portuguese people for the significant efforts and sacrifices they have made to build a better future. Their determination deserves our full respect.

With a clean exit from the programme, Portugal will now walk with his own feet. This is not only a success for Portugal but a success for Europe. Since Portugal joined the European Union in 1986, the European Commission has always been a loyal, dedicated and constructive partner to Portugal. The European Commission has remained at Portugal's side during the implementation of the adjustment programme. Moreover, Europe has provided two-thirds of the total financial assistance granted to Portugal in 2011. The European Commission will remain at Portugal's side following its exit from the programme.

The successful exit from the programme shows the immense capacities of Portugal and its people to work together to emerge stronger from the crisis. This should give Portugal the confidence it needs to be able to respond to the challenges that lie ahead, and to build a more prosperous and fair society.

Contacts :

Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen (+32 2 295 30 70)

Leonor Ribeiro Da Silva (+32 2 298 81 55)

For the public: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 or by e­mail


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