Visit of John Kerry, US Secretary of State, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the chat with trainees at the EC

Type: Press conference - summary   Référence: I077746   Durée: 04:26  Lieu: Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 22 April 2013, some 30 trainees of the European Commission joined José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and John Kerry, US Secretary of State, for an informal chat on the transatlantic alliance. The session took place after a bilateral working lunch, where José Manuel Barroso and John Kerry discussed EU/US relations, notably the negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement, climate change, visa reciprocity and a data protection agreement. Regarding worldwide stability, they also discussed the situation in North Korea, Iran, the Middle East, Syria and the Sahel.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EC Berlaymont building 00:00:06
00:00:11 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and John Kerry, US Secretary of State 00:00:04
00:00:15 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:05
00:00:21 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that (addressing the issue of tariffs, and also the non tariff matters, some regulatory difficulties that we have on both sides) will create much more opportunities for business on both sides of the Atlantic; and the business community wants this very much; they have been working with American and European entrepreneurs in order to make their life easier if we have as much as possible the same rules, and by facilitating all kinds of exchanges in terms of goods, services and of course investment in general; so it looks promising; but let's be honest, there will be resistance on both sides; every time there is change there is resistance; but they can do it; that's why following the agreement to have a High Level Group on both sides, they have agreed to launch this preparatory phase; President Obama and the Commission, they made a common statement; now they are working on the European side to have the mandate from the Member States; it is possible to have it before summer; it is possible to keep the momentum and make it good for both sides; the meaning of this for the world would be extremely important; these are the two most important economies in the world, so the impact for global rules, for open economies in the world could be great. 00:01:26
00:01:46 Cutaway of the audience of EC trainees 00:00:05
00:01:51 SOUNDBITE by John Kerry (in ENGLISH) saying that Europe is the largest market in the world today; the United States are the largest economy in the world today; so when you add the two of these together, you have well more than 50% of GDP and a huge amount of goods to go all over the world; so if the EU and the US agree on the standards by which they will create interoperability within the internet, within data transmission, if they agree on the rules of data transmission and privacy, if they can bring their regulations regarding safety and these things together, to meet the interests of all their citizens, then they will have established a huge number of goods and products being produced according to a set of standards; and others who want to enter into that will have to raise their game. 00:00:59
00:02:51 Cutaway of the audience of EC trainees 00:00:06
00:02:56 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that we can be tough in police terms, like in Boston, Massachusetts, and how the federal authorities reacted to this bomb attacks immediately, but we have to do everything in full respect of the principles of our open societies; this is very important in Europe, as we understand the fight against terrorism. 00:00:34
00:03:30 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
00:03:35 SOUNDBITE by John Kerry (in ENGLISH) saying that they're not going to solve this challenge of terror and extremism if they're not reaching out to people, talking to them, bringing them to the table to work through major perceived differences; it is vital and they need to talk about it because they're all struggling with budgets but that doesn't mean they can not find a sufficient level of assistance to bring people to the table and create a new model for how they're actually providing help, which he believes is a public-private partnership. 00:00:41
00:04:16 General view of the meeting 00:00:04
00:04:20 Speakers leaving 00:00:06
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