Joint press conference by José Manuel Barroso and Karel De Gucht on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership
On 13 February 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, gave a press conference on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, at the European Commission, in Brussels.
On this occasion, José Manuel Barroso announced that the Commission will move quickly to present a negotiating mandate to Member States so that negotiations can start as soon as possible, still during the Irish Presidency of the Council.
At the beginning of his statement, he warmly welcomed the commitment of Barack Obama, President of the United States, to this shared goal and underlined that a future deal between the world's two most important economic powers will be a game-changer.
José Manuel Barroso also emphasised the benefits the future deal will bring in terms of a strong boost to the economies on both sides of the Atlantic.