Participation of Catherine Ashton to the EU/Egypt Task Force, in Cairo
End production: 14/11/2012 First transmission: 14/11/2012
On 14 November 2012, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, participated at the opening session of the EU/Egypt Task Force, in Cairo where she delivered a speech.
Amongst the participants, there were also Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Kamel Amr, Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
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||EU/Egypt Task Force pannel (2 shots)
||General views of the meeting (6 shots)
||Kamel Amr, Egyptian Minister for Foreign Affairs, making a speech
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (in ENGLISH): But we know too in the European Union that we have responsibilities. A fresh start means making a break with what went before. We have acted fast in freezing the funds that have been misappropriated and now we are working on a coordinated
European approach to ensure those funds are quickly made available to their rightful owners, the citizens of Egypt. We also know we have to help to get the economy back on track especially reviving tourism, creating jobs and encouraging investment. There are a large number of chief executives and senior officers from European companies here who have been meeting with Egyptian companies and government officials under the able leadership of Vice President Tajani to whom I pay credit for his tremendous work in these last weeks. We didn’t come with promises; we came with commitments, that all that we put before you is already guaranteed. It has been through the system, it has been through the European groupings, it has been through the boards of the financial institutions. It is real, it is not a promise, it is a commitment (3 shots)
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton at the meeting room
||General views of the meeting room (2 shots)
||Catherine Ashton and Kamel Amr (4 shots)
||Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): It is great to be back in Cairo. We bring together the different parts of the European Union family. So, here today we have the External Action Service as the umbrella in which we have the European Commission, we have the European Investment Bank, we have Member States and we have the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development linked that different business leaders who come together with Members of the European Parliament who are all joining up to support Egypt in the future both in terms of political transition to build on the rule of Law, to build on Democracy, to build on inclusion of everyone; and its Economic growth, the needs of tourism, the needs of developing the Economy not just here in Cairo but across the country.
We brought well over a hundred business leaders from the European Union. They represent some of the biggest Companies from Energy Companies, we have Vodafone here, we have the big tourism Companies as well, hotel chains. We have also got chains of commerce, we have got those who represent the different sectors from engineering, paper manufacturing, right the way through to those who are involved in the development of Small and Medium-size Enterprises and they have come. I have told them that they represent together in the turn of rather GDP of The Netherlands so, big Companies with a lot to offer, and what has been interesting for us as well is how many wanted to come. And indeed I think probably how many more we could have brought.
We have had a number of meetings going on. We have brought together different Human Rights to Civil Society Organization to have the chance to talk with them and we have also had meetings between Council and MEPs which has been extremely important and when I met with President Morsi this morning from my bilateral session with him, I said you know that the importance for vibrant Civil Society is absolutely crucial not just here but everywhere. They will make demands. They will be demanding, that is their job, and it is really important to make sure they get included in every aspect of the life of Egypt.