"We must undoubtedly develop relations with Russia. Russia is a very important partner. I understand the concern on the part of some members of the European Parliament with regard to the internal evolution in Russia, but in this case an open political dialogue will be the best way as it was at the recent EU-Russia summit," Mr. Barroso said at the meeting with the European parliamentarians in Brussels.
At the session in Brussels Jose Manuel Barroso was unanimously approved by the heads of state and government of the EU member-countries as the successor of Romano Prodi.
The European Parliament will consider the candidacy of Mr. Barroso on July 22 in Strasbourg. In order to become a new chairman of the European Commission he has to receive a majority of votes.