Meeting with Pascal Lamy
Today President Barroso met the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy, to discuss the Doha cycle and the progress that has been made. They shared views on a political strategy to restart negotiations and on the role of the G20 in this process. Amongst the other topics discussed were the new Commission’s trade priorities and the impact of new institutional provisions on commercial policy.
Meeting with President of Mongolia
President Barroso met with president Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj of Mongolia. He announced that the European Commission will increase its bilateral assistance to the Asian country by 40% to €5 million per year. He also took the opportunity to congratulate president Elbegdorj for the recent announcement of a moratorium on death penalty: "I hope this moratorium is the first step towards the abolition of the death penalty in Mongolia, which might encourage other countries in the region to follow suit." The economic transition of Mongolia to a more modern economy was also in the agenda of the meeting.
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Results of the public consultation on Europe 2020 and an evaluation of the Lisbon Strategy
As president Barroso has said: "The renewed Lisbon strategy was able to build an understanding of how structural reform feeds directly into growth and jobs. But the crisis has wiped out many of the gains. We must now use the "Europe 2020" strategy to create new sources of growth." The Commission publishes today a summary of the results of the public consultation on Europe 2020 and an evaluation of the Lisbon Strategy.