Visit of Fander Falconí Benítez, Ecuadorian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration, to Benita Ferrero-Waldner
Type: Visit to the Commission
End production: 27/01/2009 First transmission: 27/01/2009
Fander Falconi Benítez, Ecuadorian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration, visited Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, on 27 January 2009 in Brussels.
The main purpose of the visit was to re-launch the dialogue in order to sign a bilateral commercial agreement with the EU (in which Perú and Colombia will also take part) after the defeat of the negotiations with the Andean Community. Ecuador confirmed on 27 January 2009 that the country will take part in the first round of negotiations for this agreement.
Fander Falconi Benítez also came to Brussels to speak about the situation with the agreement on the banana trade. He asked the Commission to come back to the decision taken in the round of Geneva in 2008.
Apart from these commercial issues, Benita Ferrero-Waldner confirmed to Fander Falconi Benítez that the EU would send an observatory mission for the next elections in Ecuador on 26 April 2009, after the invitation by the Ecuadorian government to do so.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Fander Falconí Benítez, Ecuadorian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration, and handshake with Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy (2 shots)
||View of the meeting
||Arrival of Fander Falconí Benítez and Benita Ferrero-Waldner to the press point (2 shots)
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in SPANISH) saying that after the defeat of a consensus between the Andean Community (CAN), the European Commission had proposed a new focus with a double direction: reinforcing the political dialogue and the cooperation that exist already with the whole region, and negotiating out of the CAN a commercial agreement with those countries that wish so and want to finalise an ambitious agreement and compatible with the World Trade Organisation; saying that they are satisfied that Ecuador has confirmed its participation in the first round of negotiations.
||Fander Falconí Benítez (in SPANISH) saying that they can start a commercial bilateral relation and hope the political dialogue can be treated at a regional level; for Ecuador, the commercial issue is very important but they see it in a wider perspective; they don't speak about 'Free Trade Treaties', they speak about 'Development Treaties', treaties that could be related with the productive asymmetries that the countries have, treaties which would be careful with international property issues, with a different treatment for the services items; it needs to be understood that Ecuador has a new constitution that clearly defines that there are strategic sectors in the country's economy and that in its Development National Plan one of the points is the possibility of having an own development, an endogenous one, where the public purchases are very important.
||Fander Falconí Benítez (in SPANISH) saying that they hope as they showed to the Commissioner of Agriculture that has an early response about what was decided in Geneva in July 2008, and they want an immediate answer that the banana is not only enterprises that commercialise a fruit; in the case of Ecuador, more than one million families depend on this and are involved in a way or another in the production chains, trade chains, specialisation chains, on a product, row material; so that is essential for them regarding external trade and especially the life conditions of the Ecuadorian population.
||Handshake between Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Fander Falconí Benítez