Extracts from the joint press briefing by José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC and Sebastián PINERA, President of Chile, following their meeting in the European Commission
Première transmission: 15/11/2012
Brussels, Belgium - EC/Berlaymont
Fin de production: 15/11/2012
On 15 November, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile. They aimed to to strengthen and increase the agreement between Europe and Chile signed 10 years ago.
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||Arrival of the speakers to the podium
||SOUNDBITE (in Spanish) by José Manuel Barroso, EC President: Chile is one of the closest partners of the European Union in Latin America, the truth is that our agreement has turned what was already a good relationship in an equal partnership, we are working to make it even stronger. In recent years we have expanded the scope of our cooperation covering areas such as science and technology, employment, regional policy and SME policy.
||SOUNDBITE (in Spanish) by José Manuel Barroso: But we must not be satisfied with what has been achieved so far, we must do more and we have agreed. Today we decided to work more closely and we want to go further in cooperation in many domains. These specific areas where the European Union and Chile shared interest in working together. For example promote new technologies, especially those that can contribute to the fight against climate change, cooperation in the field of tourism, industrial cooperation, raw materials and satellite navigation.
||SOUNDBITE (in Spanish) by Sebastián Piñera: We have reviewed many points, including the Chilean aspiration to strengthen and increase the agreement we have with the European Union and we will begin talks to move to the second stage in the integration and linking agreements between EU and Chile.
||SOUNDBITE (in Spanish) by Sebastián Piñera Additionally, I want to emphasize that we have talked about what is happening in Europe. The European Union is strong, is the largest economy in the world and therefore despite the problems that are happening we have faith and confidence that you will overcome them and emerge stronger from this crisis. Something that is very important, not only for Europe but for the whole world, and especially to Latin America and Chile because the European Union is our principal European investor and our second most important trading partner.