Whatever they do politically, clearly I have full confidence in the fact that they are going to stick to the European Union rules which are governing economic business in the European Union.

[The measures are] important enough that the commission will proactively follow this matter, ... We don't want to see disguised protectionism.

Should the trend continue in terms of innovation in the 25 European Union member states the innovation gap we have been seeing in the last year between Europe and United States for example will not close.

We'll spend that one billion euros for mad cow disease, but that's all, because there's no more money left.

Americans do see Europe as one destination, even if they come to Europe and then go to different destinations, but it's a very important step to have a coherent branding of 'Europe' as a destination.