Extracts from the joint press briefing by José Manuel Barroso and Hamadi Jebali, Tunisian Prime Minister
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 02/10/2012 First transmission: 02/10/2012
On 2 October 2012, the European Commission and Tunisia signed two financing agreements during the visit of Hamadi Jabali, Tunisian Prime Minister, to Brussels.
On this occasion, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Hamadi Jabali gave a speech at the European Commission following the signature of the agreements by Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Riadh Bettaïeb, Tunisian Minister for Investment and International Cooperation.
One of the agreements is related to support the reduction of social inequalities and improving health care services in disadvantaged regions in Tunisia, and the other one concerns judicial reforms in the country.
Support for health is a priority in the EU's cooperation with Tunisia. However, this assistance takes a special dimension in the context of the democratic transition in the country. The support to basic services is a key element to regional development and to the poorest populations whose needs are acute in the country.
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||Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Riadh Bettaïeb, Tunisian Minister for Investment and International Cooperation, signing documents in presence of Hamadi Jebali, Tunisian Prime Minister, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (4 shots)
||Handshake between Štefan Füle, Riadh Bettaïeb, and José Manuel Barroso
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that he assured to all Tunisians, as he did today with the Tunisian Head of Government, that the European commitment towards a democratic Tunisia remains intact. Political situation in Tunisia has been raised today during bilateral talks, including the new Constitution and the preparation of general elections, as well as ongoing reforms. He welcomed the guarantees given by the new government of the irreversibility of the democratic transition in the country, as well as the commitment of the new authorities to fundamental rights and freedoms for all Tunisians.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that the freedom of speech, the respect of human rights, the equality of rights between men and women, the rule of law in general are essential principles for the future stability of the country.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that they also discussed the recent attacks on US diplomatic representations. He was encouraged by the commitment of Tunisian Head of Government who confirmed that the positions of a minority of extremists should not be associated to the opinion of a large majority of Tunisians. Tolerance should be the answer to such regrettable provocations. We should also call for the responsibility of all of us in the exercise of freedom of speech.
||Soundbite by Hamadi Jebali (in TUNISIAN) saying that he reassured the President of the European Commission that Tunisia is keen to go further in the path of partnership with the European Union, having common values, interests and principles. The European Union understands very well the challenges that Tunisia is facing right now. The European Union is ready to extend its support to Tunisia.
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||Soundbite by Hamadi Jebali (in TUNISIAN) saying that he hopes that the support from this partnership will face the exceptional challenges of Tunisia. This is what the country needs in order to make its democratic transition a success.
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