Cyprus is taking the helm of the council at a difficult moment for the European Union, the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso stated, and added that  Nicosia will help lead Europe through the troubles its facing.

He said the stakes are high in the coming months, adding that it is encouraging to see that the priorities of the Cypriot presidency concentrate fully on the current needs of Europe.

He stated that the European Union and Cyprus will work together to give the EU a promising budget for the next 7 years.

He wished amongst other things,  to the Cyprus Presidency every success in its efforts, saying that 'Cyprus success will be ours too'.

He concluded by stating that Cyprus can count his personal support, and the support of the entire Commission.