E-mail sent J.M. Barroso, President of the EU :

If there is one thing what we now all like to believe is that President Obama can change things.
The fulfilling of a long expected change for Africa will be of coarse one of his important goals.

In his speech of 11 July 2009 in Accra he ends with : Freedom is your inheritance. Now, it is your
responsibility to build upon freedom's foundation. And if you do, we will look back years from now
to places like Accra and say that this was the time when the promise was realized this was the
moment when prosperity was forged; pain was overcome; and a new era of progress began. This
can be the time when we witness the triumph of justice once more.

One thing that we can be sure about is that a next American President will have definitely other
priorities. So, we have now a window, hopefully for 8 years, of a huge opportunity to help him to
be successful with this goal.

This November a new European commission will be installed. I hope that the new European
Commissioner for development and humanitarian aid will be of such a caliber that this goal can
be met.

I believe that if this goal can be met, it is also a good thing for the whole world, in a way that we
can believe in changing things no matter how difficult they are. That is after all also what we expect
from Africa. That they have to make the change in the first place, themselves with at least America
and Europe as partners.

I like to believe that a big majority of the people like to live in a better world for everybody. Only
they are most of the time so busy with other things, with their own priorities. It just takes
sometimes political courage, just to act on it.

People are not silly , the least they expect is that we have strong commissioners who can make a
difference . They will not always take the effort to speak out in one or another way if that is not
happening , only by a next election of the European Union, they will not show up. That is a of
coarse a big shame, if you want to believe in a strong Europe and if you need as many as possible
people, a democratic majority, to believe in your project .

Now, and only now it is the time to meet the goals of the ambitious plans we have made in the
past, the millennium goals.

A concerned European citizens,

Looking forward for a short reaction,


Van Rossen
Teerlingstraat 30,
9450 Denderhoutem
E-mail : guido.van.rossen@telenet.be