Extracts from the press conference of the World Customs Organization (WCO) with the participation of Algirdas Šemeta
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 23/06/2011 First transmission: 23/06/2011
Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud, met with Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), and Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security, on 23 June 2011 in Brussels. They held a joint press conference on the efforts the World Customs Organization, the United States and the European Union intend to make to secure the global supply chain.
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||Exterior view of the World Customs Organization (WCO) building, in Brussels
||Arrival of Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Janet Napolitano, US Secretary of Homeland Security, and Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud
||Soundbite by Algirdas Šemeta (in ENGLISH) saying that they intend to speed up their work on mutual recognition of trusted trade programmes but they also have to work on harmonisation of requirements, for example on pre-arrival and pre-departure information; if these standard rules are not harmonised, it creates additional burden on businesses and this is an issue where they want to work with the United States, within the framework of the WCO, to come to as much standardised environment globally as possible.
||Soundbite by Janet Napolitano (in ENGLISH) saying that this knitting together of different countries and organisations with some common and shared goals in mind is actually happening right now; when complete it will be a material advancement in their ability to secure the safety of people and the safety and security of the supply chain; and the supply chain of course leads to economic prosperity.
||Soundbite by Kunio Mikuriya (in ENGLISH) saying that building on this US/EU relationship, they can multi-lateralise this approach of more secure trade for the future, for example by connecting the customs organisations all over the world; they have already customs enforcement networks which are worldwide communication systems; that way, with the global customs network, they can move forward to contribute to the security and facilitation of trade.
||General view of the meeting room
||Cutaway of the press room (2 shots)
||Group photo, from left to right: Kunio Mikuriya, Janet Napolitano and Algirdas Šemeta