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G8 summit: EU promoting a fairer world, says President Barroso
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17/06/2013 00:00:00

Just before the start of the G8 summit in Lough Erne, Commission President Barroso, at a joint press conference with European Council President Van Rompuy, said the following:

Extracts:

    Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy

    "The European Union is coming to this summit to promote a fairer world."

    "Firstly, we want fairness by further opening trade between free and open economies. Trade is a vital engine for growth, jobs and development. This summit should give an unambiguous signal that it’s worth every effort to deepen our trade relations and strengthen global openness in terms of trade."

    "I am delighted that the European Union, based on a consensus of all Member States, has just agreed a broad mandate to start the negotiations with the United States on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. 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."

    "Secondly, this summit is about fairness in the way taxes are paid by individuals and by companies. I expect this G8 Summit to give a powerful signal that we are ready to look for those who do not respect the rules of the game and hold them accountable."

    "And thirdly, we want fairness through greater transparency on land governance, extractive industries, open data."

    "In all these areas, the European Union has a very good story to tell and is often pioneering the global agenda in these G8 Summit priorities."

    "Just last week we have proposed a maximum extension of the scope for the automatic exchange of information among EU tax authorities. In our proposal for extending the scope for the automatic exchange of information we are now including most notably, dividends, capital gains and account balances. They will all be covered. As a result, the EU will have the most comprehensive tax information exchange system in the world. We want to wipe out already by 2015 the last white spots on the EU’s tax map."

    "We are convinced that there is a need to improve tax governance everywhere. This G8 Summit should foster a unity of purpose at the global level. We will fully support the work of the G8 UK Presidency, the OECD and the G20 in this regard."

    "I am looking forward to open, frank, informal exchanges on these and other topics. This is my 9th G8 summit since Gleneagles, held in 2005 also under UK presidency. I am confident that like Gleneagles also this summit here in Lough Erne will provide important political impetus for global change towards global fairness, including for the poorest countries."

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