It is my pleasure to extend my wholehearted congratulations to you on your election as President of the Portuguese Republic. On behalf of the European Council and personally, I wish you every success in your work. I trust that under your term, Portugal will benefit from the political stability and social cohesion that are necessary to respond to the challenges lying ahead.
In 2016 Portugal celebrates 30 years of accession to the European Communities. I am pleased to note that the political commitment and popular support of your Nation to the European project and values have always remained among the strongest. I have the firm conviction that Portugal will continue to contribute to the development of the European Union, the completion of monetary union and appropriate responses to geopolitical threats.