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Between 2011 and 2014 Vice-President Antonio Tajani visited several American countries (Chile, Brazil, Argentina (in 2011 and 2014) Uruguay, United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Paraguay) to renew and ensure a strong political relation with the EU and strengthen the co-operation in strategic fields, such as industrial innovation, raw materials, standards and market integration, SMEs, space, sustainable construction and tourism.
South America and European Union have genuine interest in increasing bilateral trade and investment in mutually beneficial relation to boost growth and create jobs.
After many year since a European Commissioner has been on mission in Chile on 09 June 2011, Vice President Tajani gave the clear political sign on the importance of the economics and business relations between the European Commission and Chile.
Minister of Finance Felipe Larraín, President Sebastián Piñera,
Antonio Tajani, Foreign Affairs Minister Alfredo Moreno
Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister and Antonio Tajani at the IV Cumbre Empresarial CELAC-UE
Documents signed in June 2011:
On 25 January 2013, Vice President Tajani opened the "IV Cumbre Empresarial CELAC-UE" (Business Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States – European Union) together with the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ireland Eamon Gilmore, the President of the Chilean Confederation of Production and Trade (CPC) Lorenzo Constans, the President of CEOE Juan Rossell and the President of Eurochambres Alessandro Barberis. This Business Summit is an international event that takes place every two years, bringing together almost 300 business and political leaders with the aim of enhancing business relations between the businesses of Latin American and the Caribbean and those of the EU.
Vice President Tajani met with Chile's Minister of Foreign Affairs Alfredo Moreno Charme, with Chile's Minister for Economy, Trade and Tourism Pablo Longueira Montes and with Chile's Minister of Mining Hernan De Solminihac Tampier. These meetings deepened the implementation of the political agreements Vice President Tajani signed in June 2011 with the Chilean authorities on SME development [417 KB] , industrial cooperation [415 KB] , standardisation [393 KB] , raw materials [334 KB] , tourism [416 KB] and space [497 KB] . Vice President Tajani also focused on encouraging the promotion of clusters and networks to boost SME internationalisation.
Pablo Longueira, Chilean Minister for Economy and Antonio Tajani
On 26 January 2013, in Santiago de Chile, Vice President Tajani met with Costa Rica's Minister of Economy Mayi Antillón Guerrero and with the Minister Finances Edgar Ayales
He also met with the President of the Inter-American Bank for Development (IADB) Luis Alberto Moreno.
On 16 December 2011 Vice President Tajani met the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff and signed three important agreements to enhance cooperation in the field of small and medium-sized enterprises, promote technology clusters and exchanges of young professionals between the two sides of the Atlantic. In this visit VP Tajani was accompanied by 25 European CEOs from all main industrial sectors.
Antonio Tajani with Dilma Roussef, President of Brazil
Documents signed in October 2011:
Documents signed in December 2011:
During his visit to Argentina on 17 December 2011, Vice President Tajani discussed with President Cristina Elisabet Fernández de Kirchner, the Minister of Industry Debora Giorgi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, Héctor Marcos Timerman measures to strengthen political and economic relations between the EU and Argentina, focusing in strategic sectors such as industrial innovation, raw materials, standards and integration of markets, SMEs, space and tourism. Minister Giorgi and VP Tajani signed agreements on small and medium enterprises, industrial cooperation and raw materials.
Antonio Tajani with Hernán Lorenzino,
Argentine Minister for Economy
Documents signed in November 2011:
Documents signed in December 2011:
On 20 December 2011, Vice President Tajani represented the European Commission at the annual Summit of the Mercosur countries in Montevideo, Uruguay. During the visit, he also met with President of Uruguay José Mujica Cordano, Minister for Tourism and Sports Héctor Lescano, and Minister for Industry, Energy and Mining Roberto Kreimerman and signed important agreements in areas of industrial cooperation, SMEs, raw materials, standardization and tourism.
Antonio Tajani meets Jose' Mujica, President of Uruguay
Documents signed in December 2011:
European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani, together with European CEOs from major industrial sectors, visited the United States from 10 to 12 May. The aim of the visit was to foster industrial cooperation and business relations with the US to help the European and American economies to foster growth and job creation. The EU delegation consisted of representatives of industrial sector associations and horizontal business associations incorporating each a large number of industry members (see list below). Before leaving Brussels Vice President Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Enterprises, said: “Our objective is to underline the importance of our industrial and economic relations with the United States. We strongly believe that reinforcing the transatlantic economy will be crucial in the coming years to foster innovation, growth and employment, in particular as the transatlantic relationship has an enormous potential which is not yet fully exploited. ”
The mission to the United States pursued three main objectives:
Allow for concrete discussions with political leaders on EU-U.S. industrial cooperation to spur economic growth
- Support European companies, in particular SMEs, in developing business with the United States
- Ensure the contribution and support of the EU business community to EU-U.S. initiatives in favour of a stronger transatlantic market supporting jobs and growth.
Group photo with the Delegation of the EU in the United States, in the presence of Antonio Tajani
The visit focused on high-level political meetings in Washington, with additional business-to-business contacts in New York City (for details, see below). Discussions addressed ways to create a more favourable environment to support innovation, growth and jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. Vice-President Tajani is working intensively for the internationalisation of European enterprises. In this context, he gave a strong political signal of the importance the Commission attaches to industrial and economic relations between the EU and the US.
EU US Key trade data at a glance:
- 10,9% of EU imports come from the US, and 17,0 % of EU exports go there.
- The US buys 16,9 % of their total imports from the EU, and exports 19,2 %.
- EU and US are mutually their biggest trading partners, with 13,8 % of total EU trade being done with the US (2011), and 17,8 % of total US trade being done with the EU (2010).
Improving industrial cooperation to the advantage of the EU and the US
With mutual investment stocks of €1.89 trillion, and trade in goods and services worth €700 billion annually, industrial cooperation between the U.S. and Europe is well established and much more developed than with any other country in the world. During his visit, Vice President Tajani underlined the importance to increase regulatory convergence, in particular in new or unregulated areas as it is crucial to avoid divergences in regulations and standards which have detrimental effects on business and trade development. Regulatory cooperation is an important tool to helping dismantle existing regulatory barriers and prevent new ones from emerging. The Commission was particularly interested in exchanging information and experiences about initiatives to spur industrial growth on both sides of the Atlantic. The Commission also sees a common challenge to create favourable conditions for innovation, investment and exports by ensuring that the potential gains from doing business and exploring export markets are larger than the costs and risks. This is particularly true for small and medium-sized enterprises.
More specifically, the visit aimed to strengthen cooperation with the US in key areas of the Vice President’s portfolio, including SMEs, industrial innovation, tourism and space. For example, the development of tourism is a sector with huge potential for growth and employment on both sides of the Atlantic.
VP Tajani continued: "A more closely integrated transatlantic market place will decrease costs and create new opportunities for businesses and consumers. I look forward to our continued cooperation to create mutually appropriate conditions for growth and business development across the Atlantic."
Details of the Visit
Vice President Tajani met with: Jason Furman, Assistant to the US President for Economic Policy,
Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, White House; Robert Hormats, Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs, US Department of State; and with Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank, US Department of Commerce.
Vice President Tajani spoke on the "Competitiveness of the EU-US manufacturing industry and transatlantic cooperation for sustainable growth" at a breakfast event organised by the European Institute in the context of the “Europe Week". He also participated in a Roundtable with US companies hosted by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) on Priorities for an integrated transatlantic market place – Regulatory convergence, trade and investment.
Handshake between Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce and Antonio Tajani
Documents signed in the United States:
Letter of Intent on Cooperation in Support of the Activities of SMEs between the European Union and the United States of America
Letter of Intent on toy safety between the European Union and the United States of America
Joint Statement on Space Cooperation between the European Union and the United States of America
On 14 and 15 May 2012, during a two-day Mission for Growth to Mexico, Vice-President Tajani met with several members of the Mexican Government, notably the Minister of Economy, Bruno Ferrari García de Alba, the Minister of Communications & Transports, Dionisio Perez-Jacome, the Vice Minister for Regional Security, Luis Cárdenas Palomino, the Governor of the State of Querétaro, José Calzada Rovirosa, the Minister for Sustainable Development of the State of Querétaro, Gregorio Peláez Velázquez and the Mayor of Mexico City, Marcelo Ebrard.
With his Mexican counterparts, VP Tajani signed Letters of Intent in the fields of SME development, industrial cooperation, raw materials, space and tourism.
Vice President Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Mexico. Here with Bruno Ferrari García de Alba, Mexican Secretary of Economy in Mexico.
Vice President Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Mexico. Here With Dionisio Perez Jacome, Mexican Minister for Communication and Transport in Mexico.
Documents signed in Mexico
On 16 May 2012, Vice-President Tajani attended the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of T-20 at Merida (meeting of the G-20 Ministers of Tourism).
On 16 May 2012, in Medellín, the entrepreneurs met with the Vice Minister of Business Development Carlos De Hart, the Governor of Antioquia Sergio Fajardo, the Mayor of Medellín Anibal Gaviria, the Executive Director of Proexport Vicky Osorio and with the Deputy of the Cooperation and Investment Agency of Medellín Santiago Viera.
On 17 May 2012, Vice-President Tajani and the whole delegation met with the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, but also with some members of the Colombian Government, notably the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patti Londoño, the Vice-Minister of Trade, Gabriel A. Duque Mildenberg and the Vice Minister of Business Development, Carlos De Hart.
Vice President Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Colombia. Here with Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian President at Narino Presidential Palace in Bogota.
Vice President Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Colombia. Here signing agreements with Gabriel Duque, Colombian Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade at San Carlos Palace in Bogota.
With his Colombian counterparts, VP Tajani signed Letters of Intent in the fields of SME development, industrial cooperation, raw materials and tourism.
Documents signed in Colombia
Follow-up Mission for Growth (2-5 December 2013, Expression of interest open till 10 September 2013)
On 23 and 24 January 2013, during a two-day Mission for Growth to Peru, Vice President Tajani met with the President of the Republic Ollanta Humala Tasso, the President of the Council of Ministers Juan Federico Jimenez Mayor and several members of the Peruvian government, notably the Minister of Foreign Affairs Rafael Roncagliolo Orbegozo, the Minister of Production Gladys Triveño Chan Jan, the Minister of Energy and Mining Jorge Merino Taftir, the Vice-Minister of Finances Carlos Oliva, the Vice-Minister of Trade Carlos Posada, the Vice-Minister of SMEs Magali Silva, the Vice-Minister of Tourism Claudia Cornejo, and the President of the Central Bank Julio Velarde Flores.
Antonio Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Peru. Here with the President of the Republic Ollanta Humala Tasso
Antonio Tajani on a Mission for Growth to Peru. Here with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rafael Roncagliolo
With his Peruvian counterparts, VP Tajani signed Letters of Intent in the fields of SME development, industrial cooperation, raw materials, sustainable construction and tourism.
Documents signed in Peru
Handshake between Isabel Saint Malo, elected Vice-President of Panama, on the left, and Antonio Tajani
Vice-President Tajani met on 12 June 2014 with the future Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ms Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado who will take office in the new Government of Panama in July. Vice-President Tajani met afterwards with two ministers of the outgoing government: Minister of the Presidency, Mr Roberto Henriquez and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Francisco Alvarez de Soto. Members of the Government have all emphasized the importance of bilateral relations with the EU and existing and future investment opportunities for European companies in Panama. They welcomed the implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama) to facilitate the business climate. European entrepreneurs accompanying Vice-President Tajani attended presentations on the economic situation and business environment in Panama - by the EU Delegation for Central America and the IADB (Inter-American Development Bank - and participated in B2B meetings with local companies. The programme in Panama ended with a meeting with the Director of the Panama Canal, Mr Jorge L. Quijano and a visit to the enlargement works and Miraflores locks, where representatives of the European companies involved in the enlargement works (Grupo Unidos por el Canal) were present. The completion of this key element of infrastructure for the global economy is to be seen as a priority.
Antonio Tajani, Héctor Timerman, Argentinian Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship, and Viktor Klima, President of Eurocámara (from left to right)
On 13 June 2014 Vice-President Tajani officially inaugurated the "Eurocamara" - EU-Argentinian Chamber of Commerce created on 30 March 2014, together with the President of Eurocamara - Dr. Victor Klima and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Hector Timmerman, in the presence of about 300 persons coming from the Argentinian and European business community. Senior representatives of the Argentinian Government were also present, as well as the diplomatic corps and many Argentinian and European entrepreneurs. The European companies participating in the mission attended a presentation by the IADB (Inter-American Development Bank) on the business climate in Argentina. Under the aegis of Eurocamara, bilateral chambers of commerce professional associations and the entrepreneurs could participate in sectorial chambers' tables and informal B2B meetings with local companies.
Vice-President Tajani met the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Hector Timerman, Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr Axel Kiciloff, Industry Minister, Ms Débora Giorgi and Head of Cabinet of the President, Mr Jorge Capitanich.
Antonio Tajani, at the rostrum, in the presence of Carlos Fernández Valdovinos, President of the Central Bank of Paraguay, Germán Rojas, Paraguayan Minister for Finance, Eladio Loizaga, Paraguayan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gustavo Leite, Paraguayan Minister for Industry and Commerce, Alessandro Palmero, Head of the EU Delegation to Paraguay, and Guillermo Alcaráz, Paraguayan Deputy Minister for Administration and Finance at the Ministry of Public Works and Communications (seated, from left to right)
On 14 June 2014 Vice-President Tajani met with the President of Paraguay, Mr Horacio Cartes and held working meetings with the Finance Minister, Mr Hugo Germán Rojas Irigoyen; the Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr Gustavo Alfredo Leite Gusinky and the Public Works Minister, Mr Ramón Jiménez Gaona Arellano in the presence of entrepreneurs. European companies also met representatives of several Paraguayan and European business associations (Paraguay Industrial Union (IPU), EUROCAMARA and Chambers of Commerce). The economic situation of Paraguay and the region has been presented to the European delegation by the IADB (Inter-American Development Bank) representative in Paraguay. European entrepreneurs could also meet local companies during individual B2B meetings.