EU-CELAC Summit, Santiago de Chile: extracts from the opening ceremony
Lieu: Santiago, Chile
End production: 26/01/2013 First transmission: 26/01/2013
EU Leaders travelled to Santiago, Chile, on 26-27 January for a summit with their counterparts from Latin America and the Caribbean under the theme "Alliance for Sustainable Development: Promoting Investments of Social and Environmental Quality Investments".
Summit discussions were also to review political developments and address crucial issues and opportunities currently faced by the EU and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
The EU was represented at the Summit by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council. A high level of participation was also expected from EU Member States and virtually all Leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean were expected to attend the Summit, hosted by President Piñera of Chile, which currently holds the CELAC Presidency.
Summit discussions were to cover topics such as trade and investment, legal security, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. Latin America and the Caribbean have collectively enjoyed a strong economic performance in recent years (4.5% average GDP growth over the past three years at regional level). The EU remains one of the most important trade and investment partners for the CELAC region overall.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||EU and CELAC Leaders walking to meeting site (3 shots)
||Exterior views at the arrivals (2 shots)
||Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council - welcome by Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC - welcome by Sebastián Piñera, President of Chile
||Opening ceremony (21 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) by Sebastián Piñera saying that it is a great privilege for Chile to inaugurate the first EU-CELAC Summit. These two communities represent one third of the countries in the world and one third of global GDP. Outlining the theme of the meeting which is "Alliance for Sustainable Development: Promoting Investments of Social and Environmental Quality Investments".
||Cutaways of EU and CELAC Leaders and of roundtable (6 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Herman Van Rompuy saying that globalisation means that economic destinies are intertwined. Realisation of that has been further reinforced during the financial crisis of the past years. Reassuring that the EU has taken resolute action to address the causes and effects of the crisis in the Eurozone. Saying that he is confident that Europe has turned the corner while much remains to be done in order to deepen the EMU and to enhance EU's competitiveness.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Herman Van Rompuy saying that levels of prosperity and social protection (between EU and CELAC) are different. But political leaders on both sides of the Atlantic must continue to take decisive action.
||Cutaways (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) by José Manuel Barroso saying that currently, the EU and CELAC are at different times of the economic cycle. On the one hand there is Europe, acting decisively at the levels of the Member States, the Eurozone and the EU to strengthen the economic governance of their common currency and to revive their competitiveness on more solid; action begins to bear fruit, but with a still marginal growth in 2013. And, moreover CELAC, which continues to grow more robustly but faces other problems such as social inequality or environmental risks. The closer ties between the world's largest economy that is Europe, and some of the fastest-growing economies, located in Latin America, are in the interest of all of us, especially as we struggle together to ensure sustainable growth, jobs and security to our citizens.
||Cutaways (2 shots)
||Group photo (13 shots)