Delegation to New Zealand
"I am delighted that a compromise has been found over the issue of food security for India and that we have been able to all agree a full Bali package on trade facilitation, development issues and agriculture. I admit that I am even very relieved - because this Bali package will benefit all of us – but in particular the millions of poor people across the globe in the least developed countries. That has been the objective of the European Union from the outset. I am also relieved because today marks the return of the WTO from the darkness of multilateral irrelevance into the light of multilateral action and success. Today, we have saved the WTO and the Bali package…"
EU trade ministers in Bali, Indonesia, welcomed the draft results of the 9th WTO ministerial conference, including the results on the draft Trade Facilitation Agreement. The Council also approved the outcome attained on the Monitoring Mechanism, on the management of Tariff Rate Quotas and on food security, as well as for the draft WTO Ministerial Decisions on LDCs (preferential rules of origin, cotton, operationalization of the services waiver and duty free quota free access).
05/12/2013 - Joint message by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, on the passing away of Nelson Mandela
"This is a very sad day not only for South Africa, but for the entire international community. We mourn the death of one of the greatest political figures of our times. Nelson Mandela was not only key in transforming South Africa into the democratic country it is today. Nelson Mandela represents the fight against racism, political violence and intolerance. He represents justice, freedom and respect for human rights. He taught us all a major lesson in reconciliation, political transition and social transformation. Only a person with his profound humanity, moral integrity and authority and clear vision for the future of his country, could have achieved this..."
Over the next years, 90% of world demand will be generated outside the EU. That is why it is a key priority for the EU to open up more market opportunities for European business by negotiating new trade and investment agreements with key countries.
A new call to establish an exchange between Europe and Australia/New Zealand for academic staff and students has been launched. €1.8m is available for one project to allow a minimum of 36 individual exchanges targeting doctorate and post-doctorate level as well as staff in the fields of economics and business administration, law and political science, science and technology plus the crosscutting area of regional integration. The deadline for submission is 3 March 2014 and the project duration is 48 months.
08/12/13 - Statement by President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso on his attendance at the State Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela
European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 December 2013 The President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso will attend the State Memorial Service in Johannesburg for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, 10 December President Barroso said the following: I had the great privilege to meet Nelson Mandela on a number of occasions...
- 08/12/13 - Results of the phone conversation between President Barroso and President Yanukovych of Ukraine
- 08/12/13 - Speech - Commissioner Cioloş on WTO package in Bali
- 08/12/13 - Syria: A thousand days of crisis
- 07/12/13 - Sommet de l’Élysée pour la Paix et la Sécurité en Afrique - Intervention du Président Barroso sur le changement climatique