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The Group of Eight (G8) is a forum to discuss current global issues for the governments of eight of the world's largest economies. The European Union is, together with Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, a full member of the G8.
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The G8 summit took place from 17 to 18 June in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland (UK) under UK presidency. The European Union was represented by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.
18 June 2013
After the G8 summit, European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy issued a joint statement on the G8 summit outcome saying: "Overall, we are pleased that our ambitions for this summit have been broadly achieved."
The EU as a G8 member actively contributed to the discussion of all items on the agenda.
Full statement by European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy:
We said at the beginning that we were here to promote a fairer world, fairness at home in the G8 countries and fairness for people right around the globe. So we are happy that the G8 has sent a strong signal that the days of impunity for tax evaders are numbered and that we will all work tirelessly to shed more light on how and where our citizens and companies pay their taxes. That is the first and most important step to ensuring everyone pays their due and everyone – every country, within the EU and beyond – gets their due.
The summit has also proved our joint commitment to free trade between open economies, which will boost global growth, jobs and development. Trade is a source of growth and helps to lift people out of poverty at a time when the world needs it most. Last but not least, the G8 took concrete action to enhance fairness through higher transparency in extractive industries and forestry, land governance and open data. We are also pleased to have met with leaders of developing countries, emerging economies and international organisations to discuss all of these matters in a spirit of partnership and joint commitment."
On the global economy
We had a good discussion of the global economy with the other G8 leaders. All leaders agreed that our urgent priority is to promote growth and jobs, particularly for the young and long-term unemployed. While recognising that the economic situation had improved since the last G8 summit in Camp David, we all agreed on the need to continue supporting the global recovery by supporting demand, ensuring healthy public finances and implementing structural reforms. We gave an update of the situation and the ambitious measures taken in the European Union to restore confidence, growth, jobs and financial stability.
We stressed the necessity of pursuing our strategy to tackle the economic crisis based on four pillars, i.e. (1) restore financial stability, (2) make our economies more resilient and competitive through ensuring sound public finances and structural reforms, (3) take measure with immediate impact on growth and jobs, especially for the young. We are especially glad about the G8's strong support for the deepening of our Economic and Monetary Union including the agreed elements of a banking union.
On foreign policy - Syria
The G8 discussion of foreign policy focused in-depth on the appalling crisis in Syria with tens of thousands of dead and millions of displaced and refugees. We stressed the need to press for a political solution via convening a Geneva II conference as soon as possible and simultaneously address the gravely escalating humanitarian crisis that also threatens regional stability as a matter of urgency. The European Union is already contributing with almost € 1 billion to address the humanitarian crisis. And we recently announced an additional 400 million as a response to the deterioration of the situation in the country and in the region.
On trade - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)
Together with US President Barack Obama, we launched the historic negotiations for an unprecedented Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership between the European Union and the United States. A successful conclusion of the negotiations would provide significant economic benefits. An agreement would boost EU-US trade in goods and services by almost 120 billion euro annually, or 160 billion USD. It's a boost worth 0.5% of GDP. The launch of negotiations is a sign of strong political will on both sides to work together for the same shared objectives: growth, jobs and prosperity, in an open and rules-based world. This would not only benefit the European Union and the United States but also the rest of the world in economic terms and beyond.
On tax evasion and tax fraud
All G8 leaders seized and reinforced the momentum in the global fight against tax evasion and tax fraud. The G8 sends a powerful signal that we are ready to take action to make sure that companies and individuals pay the taxes due, including via promoting automatic exchange of information - which is already the EU norm for savings income and by 2015 should apply to all forms of income and account balances - as a global standard and introducing country-by-country reporting by multinational companies to tax authorities. There was also agreement on the need to prioritise actions against aggressive tax planning by companies.
The EU is an active contributor to the OECD work on base erosion and profit shifting and we are strengthening anti-abuse clauses in EU legislation and member states' bilateral agreements in line with the Action Plan of last December. The European Union has been and will continue to be at the forefront of this fight. In order to make it a success we will continue to provide our expertise and experience, which was welcomed at this G8.
We also supported the G8's strong call for increased transparency, on land governance, open data and in extractive industries, where the EU has a strong agenda, both in the laws we have put in place and through our support for partner countries.
17 June 2013
Ahead of the G8 summit at the joint press conference together with European Council President Van Rompuy the goals the EU will push for at this summit were presented.
President Barroso said: "The EU is coming to this G8 to promote a fairer world. Fairness at home in G8 countries and fairness for people around the globe".
He expressed his confidence that "the G8 will provide political impetus for global change towards more global fairness, including for the poorest countries."
"The European Union wants fairness by further opening trade between free and open economies," said President Barroso. He mentioned that on Friday 14 June the EU agreed on a broad mandate to start negotiations with the United States on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.
President Barroso also announced that "still today, together with President Obama we will give the go-ahead for the start of negotiations between the United States and the European Union. The European Commission will negotiate on behalf of all our 28 member states. Our partnership will be a true game changer for the global economy."
The President said that this summit is also about fairness in the way taxes are paid by individuals and companies. He stressed that "we want fairness through greater transparency on land governance, open data and in extractive industries."
PRESSEMITTEILUNGEN UND ERKLÄRUNGEN
- 18/06/2013 Video message from President Barroso after the summit
- 18/06/2013 Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy: joint concluding statement
- 18/06/2013 The EU's free trade agreements – where are we?
- 17/06/2013 Presidents Barroso and Obama announce launch of TTIP negotiations
- 17/06/2013 Read the President's statement ahead of the G8 summit
- 17/06/2013 Statement by President Barroso on the EU-US trade agreement with U.S. President Barack Obama, the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and UK Prime Minister David Cameron
- 17/06/2013 Free trade agreement between EU – Japan
- 17/06/2013 Free Trade Agreement between the EU – Canada
- Official G8 website
- 14/06/2013 Mandate to negotiate the EU – US agreement on trade and investment obtained today
- 13/06/2013 Promoting global fairness through trade, taxation and transparency, says President Barroso ahead of G8 Summit
- Read the full summit magazine of the Toronto University G8 Research Group
- 13/06 2013 Statement by President Barroso following his meeting with the OECD Secretary General, José Ángel Gurría
- 20/11/2012 Presidents Barroso and Van Rompuy welcome UK announcement on Northern Ireland as G8 Summit venue
VIDEOS UND BILDER
President Barroso and President Obama
President Barroso, President Obama and PM Cameron
President Barroso and UK Prime Minister Cameron
President Barroso and President Obama