As part of the EPP Congress in Madrid Spain one former Commission and one former European council presidents received merit awards for their lifetime of service to the party and to Europe. These two men, Herman Van Rompuy of the Netherlands (European Council) and Jose Manuel Barroso (Commission president) of Portugal both were given awards and gave speeches encouraging that the European People's Party continue its good work in Europe and abroad.

Van Rompuy, encouraged the party and Europe to ...

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