EU/Russia Summit: extracts from the common press conference by José Manuel Barroso, Herman van Rompuy and Vladimir Putin
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 04/06/2012 First transmission: 04/06/2012
On 4 June 2012, the 29th EU/Russia Summit took place in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The EU was represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC. Russia was represented by Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.
During this Summit, Leaders focused on bilateral relations, including the need to reinvigorate the negotiations on the New Agreement. The Summit also looked forward to the ratification of Russia’s WTO accession, and reconfirmed that all related commitments will be implemented. The leaders also discussed energy cooperation. The leaders also took note of the intensive work going on regarding the implementation of the Common Steps towards visa-free travel and discussed visa and mobility issues in general. The situation regarding human rights and the rule of law in Russia was also on the agenda.
This video shows extracts from the press conference following the summit.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference
||Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at the press conference
||Soundbite by Vladimir Putin (in RUSSIAN) saying that he would like to stress their gratitude to European Union and European Commission for the gradual support of Russia in the process of joint WTO. Obviously they discussed the problems to achieve a visa free regime for travelling between Russia and the EU. The existing visa various, is an optical for development for humanitarian context and economy. They also analysed how joint initiative of partnerships for modernisation has been implemented (4 shots)
||Sergueï Lavrov, Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy
||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH): The idea of the Eurasian Economic Union if based on the WTO-rules could lead to positive contribution to trade, prosperity and cooperation. Third, the EU wants to be Russia's partner in its modernisation. That is why I see the further development of the Partnership for Modernisation as one of the priorities in our relations.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): This is a great legislation for all the Member States and it will be implemented in an objective and no discriminatory manner. I believe all aspects of it are fully compatible with international law. It is important to understand that internal market is in constant evolution. Decisions to liberalise several sectors, not only energy but also telecommunications, postal services are taken to increase competition and transparency and no to create any difficulty for any operator. Regarding Russian operators they are more than welcome in the European energy internal market. They are indeed welcome and they are in fact already benefiting for instance downstream of some openings that this third energy package is giving to them (3 shots)
||Departure of the Speakers