Participation of Karel De Gucht at the WTO/Russia accession meeting

Type: Report   Reference: I-071916   Duration: 10:03:53  Lieu:
End production: 16/12/2011   First transmission: 16/12/2011
On 16 December 2011 in Geneva, Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, participitated in the signing ceremony of the Russia's accession to the WTO by Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Elvira Nabiullina, Russian Minister for Economic Development, in the framework of the 8th Ministerial Conference of the WTO. He made a statement to congratulate Russia.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior views of the International Conference Centre Geneva (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:00:19 Interior view of the conference room 00:00:10
10:00:29 Event poster 00:00:06
10:00:35 Participants 00:00:09
10:00:44 Audience 00:00:08
10:00:52 Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), giving a speech 00:00:08
10:01:00 Elvira Nabiullina, Russian Minister for Economic Development, giving a speech 00:00:06
10:01:06 Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, in the audience 00:00:08
10:01:14 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Karel De Gucht: on behalf of the European Union, I would like to sincerely congratulate and welcome the Russian Federation at the WTO. It is a historical occasion, not only for Russia, but also for the EU as a major trading Partner as well as I believe, the entire WTO membership. 00:00:22
10:01:37 Cutaway of the participants 00:00:06
10:01:43 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Karel De Gucht: by today's decision, we are closing one chapter and opening a new one. Russia is an important partner in this institution for world economic integration. The EU has high expectations for Russia, as a responsible fartner, ready to respect rules, implements, its multi-lateral obligations, and corporate in developping the WTO system together, from the very beginning of its WTO membership. For the EU, complition of this 18 years long process, also opens new opportunities to deep our bilateral economic relations. 00:00:40
10:02:23 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
10:02:30 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Karel De Gucht: big efforts have been made to align the trade regime of Russia, as well as of its customs union with Kazakhstan and Belarus to the international standards. We hope, that from now, until it formaly becomes a member, Russia will not take any trade measures that would be a backword step compared to the today's conditions. 00:00:20
10:02:51 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
10:02:58 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Karel De Gucht: I am confident that these reforms will serve as a catalyst to accelerate the WTO accession processus of Kazakhstan and other countries in the neighbourhoods. Once again, dear Russian friends, congratulations. 00:00:17
10:03:15 Signing ceremony of the Russia's accession to the WTO, with Pascal Lamy and Elvira Nabiullina (3 shots) 00:00:38
10:03:53 General view of the conference room at the end of the ceremony 00:00:06
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