- meeting with Joe BIDEN, Vice-President of the USA
- meeting with Senator Saxby CHAMBLISS
- meeting with Senator Richard LUGAR
In an official visit to Washington DC, on 26-28 November, European Parliament President Martin Schulz reiterate support for launching talks for an EU-US free trade agreement (FTA). The goal was to have an FTA agreed by 2015, although President Schulz admitted this was “optimistic” and that such talks would be “very complicated”. Following meetings on Capitol Hill, Schulz said he got the impression US lawmakers were also enthusiastic about the FTA idea and that they understood the Parliament’s role in ratifying any such agreement that may be concluded. A high-level working group of the European Commission and the US administration is due to present a final recommendation in December to EU and US leaders on whether talks should be launched.
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||Wide shot of the White House
||Family photo : Martin Schulz EP President and Joe Biden US Vice President posing for photographs inside a meeting room at the White House
||Arrival of Martin Schulz EP President at the press conference outside of the White House
SOUNDBITE (English) by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament:
We discussed about the possible negotiations of a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. We agreed that such an agreement could be a contribution to solve economic problems on both sides of the Atlantic. The European Union, for the time being and the situation economically in which we are need specially growth and where there are growth more revenues for the public budget and jobs and this is exactly what we think we could achieve with negotiating now in a speed out way with the government of the United States about the free trade agreement.
||Exterior views of the White House (2 shots)
||Exterior view of the Capitol
||Arrival of Martin Schulz inside a dining room at the Capitol talking with Senators
||Martin Schulz talking to senator Saxby CHAMBLISS (4 shots)
||Close up of Martin Schulz talking to Senator Saxby Chambliss
||Wide Shot of Martin Schulz talking to Senator Saxby Chambliss
||EU officials and Martin Schulz shaking hands with Senator Richard Lugar and Senator Saxby Chambliss
||Photographs taking pictures of Martin Schulz and Senators
||Pan from journalists to Martin Schulz, his stuff and US Senators
||Family photo: Martin Schulz and US Senators Saxby CHAMBLISS; Richard LUGAR
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament:
We discussed how to define clearly a mandate and to define the levels on which we try to cooperate more and levels we should not include in the free trade agreement because we must solve it on another level for example climate change questions.We will never solve the climate change question in the frame of a free trade agreement. Therefore, we need a follow up convention to the Kyoto protocol. That was what we more or less from a principle point of view discussed also with Vice President Biden and with the Senators here that we must define a mandate which is focusing concretely on the cooperation and the exchange in the frame of very precise trade fields.
||View with the American Flag on the Capitol
||Close up of the Capitol