Visit of Ali Larayedh, Head of the Tunisian Government, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Press conference - summary
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 25 June 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, met with Ali Larayedh, Head of the Tunisian Government, in Brussels. They discussed Tunisia's democratic political process, especially constitutional and elections, as well as its challenges - in particular with regard to regional development, economic recovery and security. Following their meeting, the officials held a press conference.
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, Belgium
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Ali Larayedh, Head of the Tunisian Government, to the joint press briefing
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that on the political front, he would like to pay tribute to the way Tunisia, citizens and politicians, majority and democratic opposition, have overcome the crisis of February-March 2013 following the cowardly assassination of Chokri Belaid. Improving the climate between Tunisian political parties, among others in the national dialogue is a fundamental step that should be continued and strengthened with the approval of the new constitution and the holding of future elections. These elections will allow a broad and inclusive participation of citizens, candidates and voters.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that Europe is ready to send an Election Observation Mission, to provide technical assistance and support civil society initiatives.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that the European Union calls for the revision of the legacy of the previous regime, including the Penal Code, to ensure the freedom of expression of Tunisian men and women. The reform of the justice to assert its independence and impartiality is also a long-term need to anchor democracy.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that like in 2011 and 2012, Tunisia this year remains the primary beneficiary of the SPRING program that was designed to support and distinguish the progress made by the Arab partners in transition. An extra 40 million euros have been allocated in addition to the approximately 400 million committed in 2011-2013 under the Instrument for Neighbourhood Policy. The recent agreement between Tunisia and the IMF also opens the door to additional macro-financial assistance from the European Union.
||Soundbite by Ali Larayedh (in FRENCH) saying that the EU is committed to the success of the democratic transition in Tunisia, the holding of elections, the approval of a new constitution, the consensus among Tunisians. Saying that he thanked the EU for its cooperation and assistance, whether financial, technical, economic and security.
||General view of the press briefing
||Soundbite by Ali Larayedh (in ARABIC) saying that Tunisia has got the status of privileged partner of the EU. The negotiations are ongoing focus on trade, security, mobility of people between the EU and Tunisia, in other words, in many domains of cooperation. These talks are progressing and will soon lead to an agreement.
||Handshake between Ali Larayedh and José Manuel Barroso