Statement by Catherine Ashton, new Member of the EC in charge of Trade
End production: 22/10/2008 First transmission: 22/10/2008
Catherine Ashton made a statement on her official nomination as new Member of the EC in charge of Trade, after Members of the EP gave their positive verdict on her nomination in a vote on 22 October 2008. She said that her first visit would be to Geneva, to meet Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), for the re-launching of the Doha Round negotiations.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg (2 shots)
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, Member of the EC in charge of Trade (3 shots)
||Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH) saying that she is delighted that she has had a successful vote in the Parliament; she thought the hearing on 20 October went well; there were some interesting and detailed questions, which she hopes she responded to appropriately;
saying that for her now the job begins, and she will begin by going to see Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), to discuss what is happening on the WTO talks, the Doha round and to see what progress he believes they might be able to make; from there it will be important for her to talk with Members of the Parliament, fellow Commissioners and of course those who have been deeply involved in trade, to determine how best they take forward a number of different initiatives that have been started by her predecessor Peter Mandelson; in particular she wants to look at EPAs and to discuss with both the trade and the development committees how they take this forward, and to meet with those who've been most deeply involved, including the ambassadors of those countries concerned; she also wants to look at EU's major partner relationships: the United States, China, Korea, and EU's neighbours too, and see what more they need to do to develop their initiatives, as well as looking beyond to places as far away as Mercosur, and beyond that too; so for her a lot of work begins and she will go and get on with that work
||Cutaways of Catherine Ashton (2 shots)