Exchange of views with Sebastián PINERA, President of Chile, on EU-Chile relations:
- extracts from the meeting
EP Committee on Foreign Affairs
In association with the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 15/11/2012 First transmission: 15/11/2012
In association with the Delegation to the EU-Chile Joint Parliamentary Committee, the EP Committee on Foreign Affairs exchanged views with Sebastián PINERA, President of Chile, on EU-Chile relations at the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Among the topics debated was the promotion of European investments in Chile. Piñera also reviewed bilateral relations and discussed preparations for the upcoming meeting of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and European Union members, which will be held in Santiago on Jan. 26 and 27, 2013.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Ambience shots before the meeting starts, arrival of Chilean President Sebastián PIÑERA, greetings to MEPs in the AFET Committee
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) José Ignacio SALAFRANCA SÁNCHEZ-NEYRA (EPP, ES), Chair of the Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly: "You all know that Chile is a positive and active partner of the EU, and the agreement between the EU and Chile that was ratified by this Parliament has brought huge mutual benefits and have increased enormously our trade and political relations as well as our cooperation."
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sebastián PIÑERA, President of Chile: "This century must be the one of Latin-American renaissance. And to some extent we are meeting this goal. Latin-America in the past did suffer and amplified on world crisis and problems, but at the moment we are coping with this crisis, our economies are still growing and we are creating jobs".
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sebastián PIÑERA, President of Chile: "We are building four new pillars for our society: first, a substantial improvement of our educational system, so using our human capital better, that's the main objective of educational reform. Also a step forward in science and technology, we are about to double our investment in science and technology. We also want to promote innovation and entrepreneurship, as they are the basis for progress. And the fourth pillar, to get a society with greater equality of opportunities, less unfairness and less poverty".
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sebastián PIÑERA, President of Chile: "I hope, since we've got the summit of European countries along with Latin-American and Caribbean countries in January in our country, in Santiago de Chile, that this will be a major opportunity to show that there are not only historical links between Latin-American and Europe, but that we also belong to a values and visions community. We should accelerate our cooperation and integration and perhaps face together world challenges as the restructuration of the international monetary and financial system".
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sebastián PIÑERA, President of Chile: "I hope that at the end of my mandate there won't be any discriminatory laws between men and women in Chile. We intend to reform two laws that are still discriminating against women, one on marital law and another one on the payment of nursery services".
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Sebastián PIÑERA, President of Chile: "Some say that college education should be free for all students, but we don't agree on this; we don't think it is fair to pay with all contributors' money the education of richer students. So our policy is to guarantee scholarships amounting 60% for the most vulnerable families and a low interest loan system for everybody else so that any young student will be left out from the educational system. But we do not believe in free education for all, because that would be a regressive use of Chilean resources, particularly in a country where there is still 2.5 million people living in poverty".
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