Joint press point by Martin SCHULZ, EP President and Sebastián PINERA, President of Chile:
EPRef87902 // European Parliament , Brussels
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 14/11/2012 First transmission: 14/11/2012
EP President Martin SCHULZ and Sebastian PINERA, President of Chile joined for a press point following Chilean President's official visit to the EP
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Brussels
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President,"This was a very important meeting for the European Parliament because Chile is one of our privileged partners in Latin America. We are, from a political, cultural, economic, from an ecologic point of view, concerning the democratic values, of both sides very close to each other."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President," Transatlantic relations in Europe is what I expressed to President Pinera, in my eyes too often reduced only to the relations between the EU and the US of America, these are priviledged relations but the American continent , that is no only the US, Latin amercia has an increasing importance ."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sebastián PINERA, President of Chile," I would like to express my admiration and gratitude with respect to the EP because it is not only important for Europe but for the whole world ; It has always been a clear and loud voice in defending democracy , peace , human rights, and that is something that we will need now and in the future
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sebastián PINERA, President of Chile," Because we share the same values and the same vision with respect to the future, therefore I hope that in the next Summit that will take place in Chile next January between 27 EU countries and 33Latin America and Caribbean countries , we will be able to reach agreement to move forward in terms of important issues like restructuring or reforming the IMF, the World Bank, the United Nations and many other institutions that have to modernize themselves in order to play their role that is needed in these times
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sebastián PINERA, President of Chile," Chile is ready to deepen and strengthen our partnership agreement that we have Europe. We have been asking for that for the last 6 years and I hope that time has come for Europe and Chile to deepen and strengthen the economic partnership that we have had for the last ten years and has produced very good results both for Europe and for Chile ."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President," It is absolutelly clear that the economic situation in the EU needs complete change. The problem of the EU is a non balanced development between the Member States, especially, of the Eurozone , We have some Member States of the Eurozone with an enormous economic boost and profit from Europe, Germany for example, other member states with too much high interest rates and decreasing economy , lack of growth and following that lack of growth an enormous unemployment especially of young people so the answer to your question is clear, Yes we need an economic change in Europe ,we need more investment in growth and via growth we should get more employment."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President," We agreed, the President and I that the growing economies in Latin America are a chance for the economic cooperation between Latin America and Europe. It is a chance to overcome for some of our countries via deepened economic relationship and via exports on the Latin American markets. The growing markets is Latin America to overcome their crisis and on the other hand the growth in Latin America is a chance to contribute to balance the gap between the social classes in Latin American countries
||SOUNDBITE (English) Sebastián PINERA, President of Chile, "We are reducing poverty, we are reducing inequalities and that's why the middle class is growing. And of course that means that we need to strike a new a deal with the EU. And we have discussed this with President Schultz and In think this is the time to really restructure the relationship between Europe and Latin America."