Barroso appoints Tajani to chair investment and competitiveness working group EU-Brazil
Following the last EU-Brazil Political Summit, President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, appointed Antonio Tajani, European Commission Vice-President, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship, to chair the new working group EU-Brazil. The Group will also include the European Commissioners for Trade, Karel De Gucht and for Research, Marie Geoghean Quinn.
Tajani's mandate will have to explore industrial cooperation opportunities between the EU and Brazil, with focus on innovative sectors and technology and improve the environment for business and investments. The Working Group will also strengthen trade in industrial innovation, research and development, and it will support medium, small and micro enterprises. The work of the Group will be at the base for the preparation of the Seventh EU - Brazil Summit to be held in 2014.
Tajani thanked President Barroso for the new responsibility. Tajani stressed the importance for the EU of greater integration with emerging markets with strong growth rates. According to Tajani, "improve access to dynamic markets, such as Brazil, which offers many opportunities for European companies, is a priority for employment and exports. Like Europe, Brazil has also a strong interest in strengthening industrial cooperation with the EU, especially in areas where the European technology and know-how are essential to enhance its competitiveness" said Tajani.