EU/South Africa Summit: extracts from the common press conference with the participation of José Manuel Barroso

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-080663   Duration: 10:05:52  Lieu:
End production: 18/07/2013   First transmission: 18/07/2013
Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, held a joint press conference following the 6th EU-South Africa Summit that took place on 18 July 2013 in Pretoria, South Africa. This South Africa/EU Summit provided an opportunity to strengthen the strategic relation between the EU and South Africa and to discuss a number of key issues, in particular the South Africa/EU strategic partnership, key peace and security topics in Africa and beyond, but also global governance, climate change, trade, development issues, and the relations between Africa and Europe as a whole, as set down in the joint Africa/EU strategy. In the margins of the Summit, Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Ben Martins, South African Minister for Energy, signed the South Africa/Euratom Agreement for cooperation on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, including in research and development, setting up the overall framework for political, technical and industrial cooperation.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa 00:00:13
10:00:18 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:04
10:00:22 Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, and Ben Martins, South African Minister for Energy, signing the South Africa/Euratom Agreement for cooperation on the peaceful use of nuclear energy, including in research and development (2 shots) 00:00:40
10:01:03 SOUNDBITE by Jacob Zuma (in ENGLISH) saying that the investments by 37 South African companies in the EU countries created a total of 2.371 jobs in the EU, spread over a diverse range of sectors; to further boost economic ties, their productive meeting further discussed trade and investment and also reviewed the continuing negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. 00:00:48
10:01:51 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:04
10:01:55 SOUNDBITE by Jacob Zuma (in ENGLISH) saying that South Africa is still faced with the inherited challenges of unequal wealth and resources distribution, unemployment and deeply entrenched poverty; given these realities, the EU should continue its development programmes in South Africa. 00:00:34
10:02:30 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that this sixth summit between the European Union and South Africa has been an occasion to take stock of their joint work in the past twelve months; thanking President Zuma for the opportunity to engage frankly on a range of issues of direct importance for the people in the EU and South Africa countries; saying that during the Summit they have discussed thoroughly how to stimulate growth and employment through the partnership between the EU and South Africa, thus contributing to global economic recovery. 00:00:35
10:03:06 General view of the speakers 00:00:04
10:03:10 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that they both agree that the Joint Africa/EU Strategy should continue to guide the continent-to-continent relations; as regards Syria, they deplored the unfolding human tragedy and agreed on the importance of backing the planned Geneva Conference on Syria, the so-called Geneva II; there is no military solution; the only way forward is a political process; in the meantime, the EU will maintain its strong support of humanitarian assistance. 00:00:31
10:03:41 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
10:03:44 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that they had a good exchange on the need to address, today more than ever, the Middle East Peace Process; finally, on Egypt, together with South Africa they reiterated firmly their joint call for an immediate end to violence; Egypt has to return rapidly to a legitimate government and democratic structures responding to the democratic and socio-economic aspirations of the Egyptian people. 00:00:26
10:04:11 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that it is a privilege to be there, sharing this moment; Madiba is much loved by the South African people as well as by the whole world; through his words, deeds, through his vision and courage, he rises above life and death and wins a place in the gallery of the great personalities of mankind; more than ever their thoughts are with him, his family and with all South Africans. 00:00:30
10:04:42 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
10:04:45 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that they share a wide range of interests and they are ready to go a qualitative step further in their bilateral cooperation; they discussed the need to stimulate growth and employment; this is one of the top priorities of their partnership and a great challenge that they share; in Europe they can be more positive than one year before on the economic recovery underway; however more still has to be done to address the scourge of youth unemployment. 00:00:29
10:05:14 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
10:05:18 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU is South Africa's largest development partner with 70% of all cooperation funds received by the country; and this is certainly important, as President Zuma just outlined; South Africa is now an emerging economy with a different type of needs so they must adapt their cooperation accordingly; but certainly they want to keep development cooperation with South Africa; this is why he has proposed to focus their future cooperation on: job creation, education, skills and innovation, and capacity-development. 00:00:34
10:05:52 Speakers leaving the press conference 00:00:11
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