EU-Brazil Summit, Brasilia:
Extracts from the Joint declaration to the press by José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC, Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council, and Dilma ROUSSEFF, Brazilian President
Première transmission: 24/01/2013
Commission , Brasilia
Fin de production: 24/01/2013
The EU and Brazil established diplomatic relations in 1960 building on close historical, cultural, economic and political ties. The present relationship is governed by the EC-Brazil framework co-operation agreement (1992) and the Agreement for scientific and technological cooperation (2004). Brazil is a founding member of Mercosur with which, EU signed a Framework Co-operation Agreement in 1995 whose main objective is the preparation of an inter-regional association agreement.
The EU and Brazil established a Strategic Partnership in occasion of the first ever EU-Brazil Summit held in July 2007 in Lisbon, Portugal. Central topics of the partnership include effective multilateralism, cooperation on human rights, climate change, sustainable energy, the fight against poverty, Mercosur’s integration process and Latin America’s stability and prosperity. Trade is another important subject of dialogue, as Brazil is the most important market for the EU in Latin America.
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||Cutaway of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE by Dilma Rousseff, Brazilian President (In Portuguese) saying that: The existence of a large number of European companies in Brazil is very important to us. This drives our country, creates jobs and brings innovation in science and technology. It is for this reason that the European Union-Brazil relationship is a strategic relationship for us. We defined a bilateral commission to systematically address our relationships and especially investment.
||SOUNDBITE by Herman Van rompuy, President of the European Council (In English) saying that: Our partnership now features regular political consultations growing ties between our civil societies and some 30 areas of dialogue from human rights, drugs and UN matters to economic, financial, environmental, scientific and social issues. Our economic relations continue to ne extremely solid; the stock of European investment in Brazil is greater than in China and India combined. Brazil has become the fifth major investor in the European Union
||SOUNDBITE (in Portuguese) by José Manuel Barroso, EC President, saying that: At today's meeting the most important is the reaffirmation of our commitment to the European Union's partnership with Mercosur, is a balanced and ambitious. We believe that our regions can benefit from economic and also political advantages of such an agreement. This agreement would be an improvement worldwide. The completion of this agreement would mean more trade flows, new investment, technology transfers and many other benefits for citizens and businesses.
||Speakers leaving the press room