G8 Summit: statement by José Manuel Barroso
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 10/07/2009
The 2009 G8 Summit was held in L'Aquila, Italy - the country then holding the G8 Presidency - from 8 to 10 July 2009.
The G8 group's member countries are Canada, Russia, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States, together with the European Union represented by the President in office of the Council of the EU and by the President of the European Commission.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, arrived in Rome on 8 July 2009 for the start of the G8 summit. He represented the European Commission as full member of the G8 summit for the 5th time.
On 10 July, he made a statement on what he retained were the main achievements of the G8 Summit on the issues of climate change, the Doha trade negotiations and on the new food security initiative.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, signing a souvenir of the G8 Summit
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): the most important 3 results were, first of all, a real commitment to climate change negotiations; we have agreed on the 2degree Celsius as the reference value; a lot of work remains to be done, but it was good that we've had this kind of agreement now, and we can build on it; secondly, on economy, especially on trade, we have agreed that unblocking the Doha trade negotiations is key for recovery; and there is a clear commitment to conclude those negotiations by 2010; thirdly, on development aid, a clear commitment also to food security and one important initiative, the food security initiative, more than 20 billion dollars approved and the EU is proud to give such an important contribution for that purpose; these were the most important deliverables of this Summit.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on the outcome of the Summit: I'm happy but of course a lot remains to be done; this is my 5th G8 Summit; I can tell that some of these agreements, one year ago would have not been possible; I remember, for instance, the climate change negotiations at that time, even our American friends were not ready to go as far as they are now ready to go; still, there is some more to do; but we have to see that as a process; it is not the end of the road, it is a very important step in a very long way.
||José Manuel Barroso greeting Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU