Porto Alegre is a beautiful city.
Commissioner, in the same vein as my fellow Members, I would like to draw some comparisons between New York and Porto Alegre.
Davos was not a hotbed of neo-liberalism, nor was Porto Alegre simply an anti-Davos demonstration.
Finally, whether we are talking about Porto Alegre or Davos, what we need is practical action.
Fortunately, in Davos I was able to talk about Porto Alegre in detail with President Lula of Brazil, a good friend of mine.
However, some commentators have stated that the Porto Alegre meeting was more important than the one in New York.
I feel that this is the message that has reached us here in Europe this year, from both Porto Alegre and Davos.
I have just returned from the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
In a way, this global regulation is the synthesis that we are trying to achieve of Porto Alegre and Davos.
In this respect, the views and concerns of Davos and of Porto Alegre are perhaps not so far apart.