Visit of Sebastián Piñera Echenique, President of Chile, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 15/11/2012 First transmission: 15/11/2012
On 15 November 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile, in Brussels.
They expressed appreciation for the expansion in cooperation in recent years. The EU/Chile Association Agreement, signed in 2002, played a significant role in deepening mutual relations, especially in trade. There are many areas that can profit from yet deeper cooperation between the EU and Chile.
The leaders also discussed the upcoming EU/CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) Summit that will take place in Chile in January 2013.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile, to the press point
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in SPANISH) saying that Chile is one of the closest partners of the European Union in Latin America; the truth is that their agreement has turned what was already a good relationship in an equal partnership; they are working to make it even stronger; in recent years they have expanded the scope of their cooperation covering areas such as science and technology, employment, regional policy and SME policy.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in SPANISH) saying that, however, they can not be satisfied with what has been achieved so far, they must do more and have agreed so; they decided to work more closely and they want to go further in cooperation in many areas, these specific areas where the European Union and Chile shared interest in working together; for example, to 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.
||Cutaway: general view of the press briefing
||SOUNDBITE by Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile, (in SPANISH) saying that they have reviewed many points, including the Chilean aspiration to strengthen and increase the agreement the country has with the European Union and they will begin talks to move to the second stage in the integration and linking agreements between the EU and Chile.
||Cutaway of photographers
||SOUNDBITE by Sebastián Piñera (in SPANISH) saying that he wants to emphasize that they 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 they have faith and confidence that Europe 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 their principal European investor and second most important trading partner.
||Departure (2 shots)