On Sunday night John Dalli wrote to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso asking him for an official request to resign from the Commission as so far the exchange between them has been verbal in a meeting of Tuesday 16 October 2012. Dalli signs his letter as "John Dalli, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy." To show that so far there has been no official resignation from his post.”
Dalli told Barroso he felt the need to ask for a written official request as Barroso’s spokesman on Wednesday gave the impression that it was Dalli who offered to resign, when this was not the case.
Dalli tells Barroso: “I did not offer my resignation, you demanded it.”
Dalli copied the letter to the other EU Commissioners saying that Barroso has deprived him of the right to defend himself by giving him only 45 minutes in which to announce his resignation, by not giving him access to the EU anti-fraud office OLAF against him and becuase of the press conference by OLAF’s director who is presuming guilty until proven innocent.