Visit of Angel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD, to José Manuel Barroso: round table and extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 13 June 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Angel Gurría, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in Brussels. They discussed the outlook for European and global economy. They also raised issues such as employment, innovation social policy, health focussing particularly on youth employment. After their meeting, the Officials held a press briefing where they both made statements.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||Arrival of Angel Gurría, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and handshake with José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC
||Round table with José Manuel Barroso and Angel Gurría (2 shots)
||Joint arrival of José Manuel Barroso and Angel Gurría at the press conference (2 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): During our meeting today, I discussed with Mr Gurría the outlook for the European economy and also for the global economy. The European Union has taken major steps to overcome the crisis and we are now focused on restoring growth and competitiveness through ambitious structural reforms.
||General view of the press conference
||Soundbite by Angel Gurría (in ENGLISH): We talked about our own bilateral cooperation which is in practically every subject. We are working on employment, innovation social policy, health, taxation and the President mentioned the action plan on youth employment which is the great challenge practically everywhere in the world today.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): The Commission has been a driving force behind the idea of the automatic exchange of information and I see the OECD as a key partner on this issue. As you know yesterday the Commission adopted a proposal to widen the scope of the savings directive. I welcome the OECD's work on establishing a global standard on the automatic exchange of information, an issue which we will discuss with our global partners at the G8 summit next week in Northern Ireland and at the G20 in September in Saint Petersburg. I will fully engage on behalf of the European Union to make sure that further progress is made in this important area at the global level.
||Cutaway of a camera
||Soundbite by Angel Gurría (in ENGLISH): Tomorrow you will be discussing the question of the trans- Atlantic free trade agreement. I have to say, regardless of the specific issue, we all have red about it. This is and I would like to congratulate you for your leadership, and for the courage, because some one has to blow up a few taboos in order to get started on this. This is one of the most meaningful, one of the most important, one of the most far-reaching initiative that has been taken.
||Departure of José Manuel Barroso and Angel Gurría