Martin SCHULZ, EP President meets with John KEY, Prime Minister of New-Zealand:
- arrival and roundtable
- extracts from the press point
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 04/06/2012 First transmission: 04/06/2012
Martin SCHULZ EP President, welcomed today in Brussels John KEY, Prime Minister of New Zeeland. Key, who is on a four-day long visit in Europe, have already met in the last days with his British equivalent, Prime Minister David Cameron and also celebrated yesterday the Royal jubilee of Queen Elizabeth in the UK. In the European Parliament, the two politicians talked about the effects of the financial crises and the country's current financial situation. They also discussed about New Zeeland foreign policy and some smaller topics.
John Phillip Key is the 38th Prime Minister of New Zeeland who is in office since 2008. This was the year when the recession of late 2000s had begun so to avoid the recession's effects; Key's government implemented a GST rise, personal tax cuts and a raise in the minimum wage. In its second term, his government announced a policy of partial privatisation of state-owned assets. During his governance, Key announced the withdrawal of New Zeeland soldiers in the Afghanistan's war, signed a declaration with the USA and pushed for more nations to join the famous Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership.
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||Exterior view of the EP, Brussels,
||Arrival of M John KEY, Prime Minister of New-Zealand, handshake (2 shots)
||Views during the launch of the New Zealand Group in the EP (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) John KEY, Prime Minister of New-Zealand :
For New-Zealand Europe is a very large trading partner. From New-Zealand point of view we very much enjoy the relationship we have with EU, and we will like this relationship to be broader and deeper. In the years to come we look forward to have a trade agreement with EU. That will allow our country and your region to be even closer, and we've see real opportunities here and we hope you will see the same in our country and our part of the world.
||Applause, views in the meeting room, ambiance, book on New Zealand (3 shots)
||Arrival to the EP President's Protocol room
||Martin SCHULZ, EP President welcoming with John KEY, Prime Minister of New-Zealand, handshake
||Views during the meeting , signing in to the Golden book
||John KEY, Prime Minister of New-Zealand signing in to the EP Golden Book
||Extracts from the press point :
SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President : "The Prime Minister and I we've discussed about the very difficult situation for the EU in the next two weeks. We will have a lot of important decisions to be taken. We've discussed the fact that we are some days before the general elections in Greece, and the potential outcome in case of victory of different forces".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "We've discussed the sources of the crises in witch the EU is , we've discussed - and I'm very grateful Prime minister to underline this publicly that the our cooperation between EP and your Parliament, and relations between your government and institutions of the EU are excellent, and got a bust today by launching the friendship group between EP and the News Zealand".
||SOUNDBITE (English) John KEY, Prime Minister of New-Zealand : "We appreciate your insides and your leadership and your ability to share with us a pathway foreword of member states going to news challenges and the moment".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "I hope that we will keep Greece on board. I will do the out most to contribute to keep them, but its depends also of the voters in Greece".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "The goal of the Eurozonne, the goal of those who are responsible for the euro must be to keep the euro together. Because the risk that ones the Eurozone will be split, even by only one country, let's say Greece, the domino effect is en enormous. There fore I think also Germany, and if I understood chancellor Merkel well, she shares my view, Germany will do the out most to keep the Greece in the Euro zone".