Brussels Forum 2010: extracts from the keynote address by José Manuel Barroso, on a new atlanticism for the 21st century
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 26/03/2010 First transmission: 26/03/2010
On 26/03/2010, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, delivered a keynote speech on the occasion of the 2010 Brussels Forum, on a new atlanticism for the 21st century.
With new leadership in the United States and a recently appointed European Commission, led for the second time by José Manuel Barroso, leaders on both sides of the Atlantic continued to deepen transatlantic cooperation on a vast array of distinctly new and global challenges, from the international financial crisis to climate change, and energy security to the retention of high-skilled workers. Yet there was no single transatlantic forum focused on this broad and increasingly complex global agenda.
Brussels Forum was an annual high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European political, corporate, and intellectual leaders, to address pressing challenges currently facing both sides of the Atlantic.
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||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC: Yesterday's breakthrough on a second stage Open Skies aviation agreement, worth up to 12 billion euro in economic benefits and creating eighty thousand new jobs, shows the value of further economic integration. On top of that, the Lisbon Treaty - finally in place after a difficult birth ? empowers further the EU in several areas: economic regulation and trade; justice and internal security; energy policies; development, civil reconstruction and humanitarian aid. It gives the EU a new profile in external affairs, reinforces the EU opinion's efficiency, and its capacity to deliver. In other words, all the pieces of the jigsaw are in place for a qualitative leap in the transatlantic relationship; for a more dynamic approach. This initiative should extend beyond the remit of conventional foreign relations. It forms part of the core of the programme for my second Commission.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: We need to think global and act transatlantic. We can build on what we have achieved: by re-invigorating the Euro-American economic and political relationship; by making the EU-US relationship more outward-looking, and making a conscious effort to engage more with third parties - including emerging powers such as China, India and Brazil; by combining our efforts to reform the architecture of international co-operation; by working together to mitigate climate change whilst achieving greater energy security; by joining efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals; and by creating a common transatlantic area of security. All these issues reflect our growing interdependence. And we should make this interdependence work for our citizens. We should continue to lead the reform of global and financial governance, particularly in the context of the G20, where we need to finish the job we started.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: In the modern world internal and external security are indivisible, so a vital aspect of improving security co-operation and counter-terrorism is the sharing of information. We have been working hard with the US to develop effective procedures to that end. We are fully committed to this. But it is essential to take into account the particular concerns of Europe on fundamental rights and privacy. That is the lesson of the recent vote by the European Parliament on the so-called SWIFT agreement. We all share the goals behind that agreement, but we must ensure that Europeans are fully behind the measures proposed, by respecting what are legitimate concerns.