Sommaire: 13 July 2011, Brussels - European Commission President José Manuel Barroso, will travel to Egypt on July 14, accompanied by the President of the European Investment Bank, Philippe Maystadt. He will hold meetings with the Head of Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Field Marshal Tantawi, Prime Minister Sharaf, the Secretary-General of the Arab League Al-Araby, as well as religious leaders and civil society representatives to stress the European Union's strong support for Egypt's political and economic reforms and the wider democratic transition process in the region.
President Barroso will give a keynote speech at the Cairo Opera House in which he will set out the EU's strategic offer under the Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity.
Ahead of the visit, President Barroso said: "My message is one of strong support and solidarity. The European Union and the new Egypt are partners in freedom. Europe stands side by side with those in Tahrir square and the whole region who strive for democracy, freedom and a better future. Our Partnership for Democracy and Shared Prosperity is a clear and concrete response to the Arab Spring. It offers "more for more" to those partners who move fastest and farthest in political reforms and human rights: more aid, enhanced market access and mobility for citizens. The EU is ready to help the Egyptian people seize the opportunities their revolution has won for them."
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