5th EU-South Africa Summit: Extracts from the press conference

Type: News   Reference: 88121   Duration: 00:04:14  Lieu: Council , Château Val Duchesse/Hertoginnendal, Brussels
End production: 18/09/2012   First transmission: 18/09/2012
The 5th European Union-South Africa Summit will take place in Brussels on Tuesday 18 September 2012. The EU will be represented by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission. The Republic of South Africa will be represented by President Jacob Zuma. Commissioners for Trade Karel de Gucht, for Development Andris Piebalgs and for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn will also be attending the Summit on the European side. Foreign Minister Nkoana-Mashabane, as well as the ministers for Trade, Finance, Science & Technology, Energy, and Transport will accompany President Zuma on the South African side. This fifth EU-South Africa Summit will provide an opportunity to strengthen the strategic partnership between the EU and South Africa and to discuss a number of key issues, in particular the global economic situation, climate change, trade, development cooperation, and peace and security issues in Africa and in the Middle East

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival fo the speakers 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council (In English) saying that: We underlined the key importance of open and competitive economies while also discussing ways to tackle poverty and inequality and protect the environment£. These questions have become even more acute in the context of the recent mining violence in South Africa. The events at the Marikana mines were a tragedy and I welcome the judicial commission of inquiry set up by President Zuma. 00:00:28
00:00:38 Cutaway 00:00:03
00:00:41 SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy (In English) saying that: On our side, I assured President Zuma that the EU leaders remain determined to guarantee financial stability in the Euro area to implement far reaching structure reforms and to improve the current architecture of the economic and monetary union. A lot of progress has been made recently; I welcome President Zuma's support for the Euro at the recent G20 summit in Los Cabos and in particularly South Africa's pledge of 2 billion US dollars for the increase in IMF resources. 00:00:35
00:01:16 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:03
00:01:19 SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy (In English) saying that: I stressed that the complex security challenges in the Sahel and Somalia need to be tackled in a comprehensive way in the first place by Africa itself. The stability of these 2 regions is also of direct interest to Europe; the EU is using all the tools at its disposal to tackle poverty, terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime, from the delivery of humanitarian aid to support for the justice and security sectors and crisis management. 00:00:32
00:01:51 Cutaway 00:00:03
00:01:54 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (In English) saying that: We discussed the state of play of the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations, reiterating our firm commitment to finalize the negotiations with the SADC countries to our mutual benefit. It is true that the current international economic and financial climate is not the easiest for either part, but it is precisely because of that that we should seek the advantages and opportunities from working together to create jobs and stimulate growth. 00:00:25
00:02:19 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:03
00:02:22 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (In English) saying that: We believe it is important that all G20 members do their share to bring the world economy back to a strong, sustainable, and balanced growth pact. Additionally, South Africa is playing an instrumental role in driving forward the G20's developmental agenda. We consider this very positive alongside with South Africa's engagement on green growth, climate issues and financial inclusion. 00:00:25
00:02:47 Cutaway 00:00:04
00:02:51 SOUNDBITE by Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa (In English) saying that: The ongoing challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality that South Africa is dealing with require such continuous support from the EU. To further strengthen the bilateral partnership, we believe that we have to enhance trade relations and tab further the potential that still exist to cooperate in infrastructure development, especially energy and transport. 00:00:36
00:03:27 Cutaway 00:00:04
00:03:31 SOUNDBITE by Jacob Zuma, (In English) saying that: The EU remains a valued partner for crisis prevention and post conflict reconstruction and development. Ladies and gentlemen, I strongly believe that the first 5 years of the strategic partnership have laid a solid foundation on which we can ambitiously work to deepen further the cooperation. 00:00:32
00:04:03 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:11
00:04:14 End 00:00:00
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