Foreign Affairs Council (Trade): extracts from the press conference by Richard BRUTON, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and Karel de GUCHT, Member of the EC in charge of Trade
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 15/06/2013 First transmission: 15/06/2013
On 15 June a mandate on EU-US Trade and Investment Agreement was agreed after a foreing affairs meeting on trade
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||Arrival of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Richard Bruton, Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and InnovationI am delighted to announce that we have agreed a mandate to start talks with the US on a transatlantic trade and investment partnership this is something that certainly from the Irish presidency point of view we have arrive to reach an agreement. It is an opportunity both for the US and for the EU and I think the time is now and we are pleased that we were able to reach agreement.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Karel de Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade: The Council ministers decided on the mandate. We propose a mandate or what they call negotiating directives and then is up to the Council to decide. When you look at the mandate 98% at least has been adopted without any further discussion which means that there was a very broad understanding on that so this is really almost everything that has been accepted. The only difficult point was the audiovisual sector.
||General view of the speakers
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Karel de Gucht: What is really staking this negotiations on audiovisual is the so-called digital evolution on those media. This is new. There is not European legislation on this moment on this. That is also why years ago European Commission launched a green paper asking for comment from the broader civil society and stakeholders so we still have to think about how to legislate this aspect. So we are not to treat it now by we have to come back to it.