On 2nd March 2013, Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, travelled to Boston and visited the Harvard Kennedy School where he delivered the opening speech at the 2013 European Conference "Europe 2.0 - Taking the next step".
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views of the Harvard Kennedy School, in Boston (3 shots)
||General view of the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum
||Cutaway of the conference banner
||Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, and Robert Lawrence, Professor of International Trade and Investment at the Harvard Kennedy School, arriving and taking their seats
||Karel De Gucht
||Soundbite by Robert Lawrence (in ENGLISH) inviting Karel De Gucht to take the floor
||Soundbite by Karel De Gucht (in ENGLISH): A transatlantic trade and investment partnership would be the largest most important bilateral trade initiative ever negotiated. It would cover the two largest economies in the world. It would cover the largest trade and investment relationship in the world and it would include the most far reaching set of legal disciplines on trade and investment that the world has yet seen.
||Cutaways of the audience (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Karel De Gucht (in ENGLISH): An EU-US partnership can act as a policy laboratory for the new trade rules we need – on issues like regulatory barriers, competition policy, localization requirements, raw materials and energy.
These are not necessarily areas where we have transatlantic difficulties. But they are important at a global level. And today our combined weight in the global economy means that many who wish to sell into our markets will have an interest in moving towards whatever rules we can achieve.
That effect that cannot be guaranteed in the longer term.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Soundbite by Karel De Gucht (in ENGLISH ): I have confidence that we can move ahead in the two years we have planned for.
But we will do so only if we maintain our reserves of political will. And if we are willing to translate that will into practical solutions. Bold and comprehensive projects are not rare because they are easy. They are rare because they are hard. Thank you very much for your attention.
||Handshake between Karel De Gucht and Robert Lawrence while audience is applauding (2 shots)
||Karel De Gucht meeting the participants and leaving (5 shots)
||Exterior view of the Harvard Kennedy School