BRUSSELS, April 6 (Xinhua) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso extended condolences on Monday over the powerful earthquake in central Italy that has killed at least 40 people.
"With great sadness I have learned of the tragic event in Italy-- the earthquake in L'Aquila, which caused many casualties," said Barroso in a message addressed to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
"On my own behalf and that of the European Commission, I would like to express to you my deepest condolences," he said.
Barroso asked Berlusconi to pass on his condolences and sympathy to the victims and their families.
The earthquake struck in the small hours of Monday, causing great damage to the historic town apart from the losses of lives.