Statement by Martin SCHULZ on the outcome of the US Elections:
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 07/11/2012 First transmission: 07/11/2012
Schulz on re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States
Following the preliminary results of the Presidential election in the United States of America, European Parliament President Martin Schulz made the following statement:
"On behalf of the European Parliament, I congratulate Barack Obama on being re-elected as President of the United States of America. The European Parliament looks forward to building on our strong and comprehensive transatlantic relationship with President Obama.
What unites the European Union and the United States of America is far greater than what divides us. The EU and the US are the world's closest allies: our partnership is based on a wide range of common values and shared interests: freedom, democracy, respect for international law, the rule of law and human rights. These common shared values form the fundamental basis of our relationship.
We are also each other main trading partners; the two economies together accounting for about half of the global economic output and nearly a third of world trade flows, making it the largest economic relationship in the world.
Together, based on our shared values, we must face the challenges that confront us across the Atlantic from promoting peace and consolidating democracy, fighting terrorism and climate change, enhancing sustainable development and energy security, to maintaining free trade and improving multilateral governance.
The European Parliament will work together with the US leadership to ensure a Transatlantic single market is completed by 2015 based on the principle of a social market economy which will give a real boost to our economies. We must continue to remove unnecessary barriers to transatlantic trade and investment.
Members of Congress and of the European Parliament must be brought together to ensure the best possible legislation for both sides of the Atlantic. The European Parliament is strongly committed to deepening this relationship, not only at executive-to-executive level, but in the daily business of our two legislatures.
We must also strengthen people-to-people contacts - be it through increased participation in educational or research programmes for example, not least as together we represent about 10% of the world's population."
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SOUNDBITE (English): Martin SCHULZ, EP President:
"On behalf of the European Parliament, I congratulate President Barack Obama on being re-elected today as President of the United States of America. The EU and the U.S. are alleys facing common challenges of 21st century. And Barack Obama, his team and the Governor of the U.S. and the Members of Congress and the House of Representatives and of the European Parliament and the governments of the Member States of the EU, must cooperate closer in the future than it was the case in the past, in the last 2-3 years.
From time to time we felt a certain kind of 'fatigue' in the relationship between the EU and the U.S. of America, the re-election of Barack Obama on the basis of his programme is an encouragement for all of us, for more cooperation on the basis on our common interests in the fight against world-wide speculation, fight against the problems of climate change and in cooperation for peace, justice and development world-wide. Therefore once more on behalf of the Members of the EP I congratulate President Obama."