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The EU and the US: a bilateral partnership for global solutions


José Manuel BARROSO

President of the European Commission
Council on Foreign Relations
New York, 13 May 2005


Ambassador Holbrooke, thank you for your kind introduction. And thank you, the Council on Foreign Relations, for hosting this meal. Now, however, my turn has come to speak, illustrating that there really is no such thing as a free lunch. And as you will all have to sit and listen to me, there is clearly no such thing as a free lunch for you either.

The relationship between Europe and the United States must be the most scrutinized one in the world. Whole forests have been cut down to fuel the transatlantic relationship industry. Universities, think tanks and journalists are kept busy every day looking for fresh perspectives. At times it can feel like every possible viewpoint has already been expressed, every amusing quote exhausted, every argument analysed to death.

Nevertheless, this industry sometimes comes up with some brilliant insights, or offers constructive advice for healing or deepening that relationship further. But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes, important truths and perceptive analysis are buried under overly imaginative generalisations about Roman gods and goddesses.

So before giving you my view, let me start with some first principles. Due to our history, Europe and the US do enjoy deep bonds of kinship and share both culture and values. Our economic relationship has built on these solid foundations to bind us even further together. We are each other’s biggest trading partner; in 2003 the overall volume of EU/US trade in goods and services totalled some $770 billion. For all the headlines that our trade disputes grab, the reality is that they affect less than 2% of this volume. Even more amazing is our two-way direct investment stock, which is worth not far short of $2 trillion. As many as 14 million jobs in the EU and the US depend on transatlantic commercial ties.

It is therefore entirely normal that we should work together. Not because of some mystical sense of brotherhood, but for the hard-headed, practical reason that our interests - and perceived threats - very often coincide. And by acting together, we are stronger, and more likely to achieve our shared objectives.

Let me highlight just one of the many areas where we are co-operating well bilaterally: security and counter-terrorism.

The establishment of a new US government department – the Department of Homeland Security – to take responsibility for a range of border, transport and related security policies has changed the landscape within the US system. The European Commission has worked hard to build links with this new entity, and this has already borne fruit, both in terms of improved dialogue and practical policy-making. For example, the Policy Dialogue on Border and Transport Security, established in April last year, has encouraged much greater openness to, and awareness of, each other’s interests and concerns. It will meet again next week to discuss a whole range of security-related issues.

And let no-one think that this is just another bureaucratic talking shop. Improved dialogue has led to much greater co-operation. The EU already offers counter-terrorism assistance to a wide range of third countries, while financing more targeted work with priority countries like Morocco and Algeria. But in March EU experts also participated in a successful visit by US State Department and FBI officials to Tanzania, focused on money laundering. These co-ordination efforts look set to continue, and the US has already asked the EU to participate in future visits.

Preventing terrorist financing is a high priority for the EU. We have produced policy recommendations and a number of seminars and conferences have been held during the past year in which the EU and US shared best practices. Some new workshops on countering terrorist financing will take place shortly, and the US is invited. In addition, the third Money Laundering Directive will add specific counter-terrorism elements and tighten controls on cash movements and wire transfers.

It is important that we continue to co-ordinate our activities. In this respect, I would like to mention the US Intelligence Reform and Terrorist Prevention Act, passed by Congress last December. It is vital that we consult each other before new rules are introduced which have an external impact.

So a real partnership is there, and it covers a broad range of other issues too. However to develop our common purpose further, we must have confidence and trust. More than ever in a world that has become complex and unpredictable, our dialogue should be an open and honest one among equals. It should accommodate legitimate disagreement and sometimes necessary compromise. We should probably start by clarifying some delusions. America will not be more successful in achieving its objectives by taking the unilateral path. Europeans need to spend a bit more time matching their words to deeds.

And on this basis, unlike some perhaps, I am optimistic about this relationship. Obviously President Bush’s visit to the European Commission in February was an important push. The President and Secretary of State Rice showed they were keen to be in listening mode and to respond to their partners’ concerns. We have seen evidence of this with evolutions in US policy, most recently on Iran.

The EU, for its part, has worked hard to be worth listening to. We are maturing, speaking with a unified voice more often and on a much broader range of issues than in the past. The European Constitution, currently being ratified by Member States, will accelerate this trend. The EU is ready to play a more substantial strategic role in global affairs. The enhanced relevance and credibility which has resulted from this is reflected not just in President Bush’s visit, but also the increasing willingness of US legislators to visit Brussels and engage with both the European Commission and Parliament.

The EU/US Summit in Washington DC on 20 June should continue this progress. We are looking at ways of using the summit to underline our co-operation and find new ways of working together, particularly in facing the challenges of today’s world.

But while EU-US joint efforts towards the common goals of promoting democracy, stability, peace and security around the world are of paramount importance, this co-operation is not sufficient. The world has changed, and so has its problems. Even with the tightest of partnerships, can Europe and America really stop global epidemics like AIDS alone? Can we halt climate change and environmental degradation in glorious isolation?

The fact is, to address today’s global problems effectively, and translate noble aspirations on peace and prosperity into reality, we must have an approach based on inclusiveness and a rules-based order. And no, this is not the conclusion of a frustrated European Lilliputian, trying to tie down the American Gulliver. It is a pragmatic response to unique problems and opportunities which previous generations simply didn’t face. Multilateral action, involving large parts of the international community, is often the only way forward if our goal is to find solutions that work rather than to engage in political wishful thinking.

And, as an aside, let me say that Europe is no Lilliput. Today, the 25 and-soon-to-be 27 Members of the Union, with 500 million citizens, is by far the world’s largest donor of development aid, as well as its largest trading bloc

Several organisations in the multilateral framework have proved their worth here. Take the World Trade Organisation. It offers a forum where countries can come together and agree rules for free and fair trade. Crucially, these rules are then backed up by a dispute settlement system. Willingly submitting to these disciplines has allowed for a massive liberalisation of global commerce. This has lifted millions out of poverty, particularly in Asia, while consolidating prosperity in developed countries.

Nor do specific efforts undertaken by a smaller group of engaged countries on behalf of the international community undermine this argument. Rather they illustrate a healthy pragmatism in the global community to search for the most effective solutions. I could cite here the search for solutions to regional conflicts under the OSCE, for example, or African development and debt relief efforts through the G8.

But of course the only truly universal multilateral organisation is the United Nations. With its inclusive membership and worldwide legitimacy, it remains the most important arena for advancing common solutions to our common problems.

But just as the EU/US partnership is not enough by itself to tackle global issues, so too specific UN Security Council resolutions or international conventions alone are insufficient.

Yes, the countries of Europe and the United States are all members of the United Nations. Yes, we all subscribe to the Charter and have obligations under the Charter and international law. However an active commitment to effective multilateralism means more than rhetorical professions of faith. It means having a strong political will to implement the international consensus; it means taking global rules, instruments and commitments seriously; it also means helping other countries to implement and abide by these rules. Above all, it is not about multilateralism per se, but about how effectively it is used to address challenges. And this is where the EU/US partnership can and does pay dividends.

In many of these fora, we are the driving force that makes them work. We form the nucleus of democratic societies which help and support others in need, as well as dealing with challenges. The result is that the entire international community benefits.

Of course, we must be honest and face the fact that multilateralism doesn’t always work immediately, nor as effectively as we might like.

More recently, events which preceded the Iraq war have led some Americans to the mistaken conclusion that the UN – or even the multilateral approach generally – is in some way fundamentally flawed and irredeemable. But they forget that the UN is not some unwanted, alien imposition. It is simply the sum of its Member States. When the UN is perceived to have failed, it is more often than not because its Members have failed.

My message is then: don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Despite any imperfections, I remain convinced that the multilateral approach is the only way forward. To paraphrase Churchill on democracy: it’s our least worst option. And if we, its Members, are responsible for the perceived failures of the system, we should also be responsible for putting them right.

The important thing is that a process of reform of the UN is now underway, and the momentum is there to really make a difference.

Both the EU and the US should seize this opportunity and accept the role of front-runners on UN reform, in order to ensure real change for the better. We have to bring about the necessary direction and engagement required. I hope the US will engage fully with us in the UN reform process and continue to intensively coordinate with its European partners.

For the EU, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan’s ‘In Larger Freedom’ report represents an ambitious, achievable and balanced agenda for the UN Summit in September. It will go a long way to strengthening the organisation. We support the establishment of a new security consensus for example, in particular the broad meaning the report has given to the concept of peace and security.

The proposed Peace-building Commission could fill a very real gap in the UN institutional machinery. It should have a broad mandate covering the whole continuum from peace-making and peace-keeping activities to long-term development issues. It should pay particular attention to issues such as how to support democratisation, good governance and functioning institutions, strengthening the rule of law, ensuring respect for human rights - all core US and EU values.

I welcome other proposed institutional reforms. The Human Rights Council in particular will render the UN human rights machinery more relevant and efficient. The proposed Democracy Fund also has strong EU support. Proposals on environmental governance are good, but could be further strengthened [to make progress towards the establishment of a UN Environmental Organisation]. But we need to make sure that the issue of UN Security Council reform, whatever the position of one or the other partner, does not due to its complexity block progress on the rest of the Summit agenda, and all the other reforms. I really hope that the UN membership will make every effort in this regard.

With the UN in the process of being reformed and reinvigorated, the EU and the US can look forward to even better returns on their joint investments in multilateral action.

We can start to take a fresh look at climate change, for example. We should put misgivings about each other’s views on the Kyoto Protocol aside and focus on the period beyond 2012. There are many new avenues worth pursuing where co-operation would be fruitful.

We should also continue our drive to eradicate poverty and promote development around the world. A speedy conclusion to the Doha Development Agenda would certainly help here, as would further efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

As the world’s biggest donor, responsible for 55% of worldwide official development assistance worth $43 billion in 2004, the EU has an important role in the process of achieving these goals. It is a responsibility we take very seriously. Thus far, we have respected our Monterrey engagements. In 2006 we should surpass the target of spending 0.39 % of our gross national income on overseas development assistance. This effort has to be maintained.

The Commission, in its development package to the Council, has suggested that the collective effort of the EU should reach 0.56% of GNI by 2010, nearly an extra $26 billion, in view of reaching 0.7% by 2015. If you’ll forgive me, Ambassador Holbrooke, this is not just ‘theatre for the press’, as you so vividly described it here last month. The EU is deadly serious about hitting the 0.7% target, and we are already more than half way there. I truly hope the US will join us in this effort, because few can doubt that this would have a dramatic impact on the ground.

In conclusion, I think the time has come to move away from the old dichotomies of unilateralism and multilateralism, of Mars and Venus. We need to look at EU/US relations in a new light.

As prosperous, free and influential parts of the world, the United States and Europe cannot escape their common responsibility for global security and prosperity. Our respective histories show that people of diverse cultural identities can peacefully live and prosper together in a world based on the rule of law and democracy. In tackling today’s global and regional challenges, we have to live up to our demanding heritage. I firmly believe that the only way to do so is to develop an ever stronger bilateral relationship embedded in an effective multilateral framework.

Thank you.

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 flecheEuropean Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy
Islam in Europe – from dialogue to action

 flecheCommissioner Michel sends a warning signal on shortage of doctors and nurses in Africa
 flecheEurope, Latin America and the Caribbean – working together for greater social solidarity
 fleche"Dialogue of Cultures – clash of civilizations or clash of ignorance?"
 fleche«La dimension sociale de la Mondialisation dans la politique de développement»
 flecheThe European Commission proposes that 2008 be "European Year of Intercultural Dialogue"

 flecheEuro-Mediterranean Policy / Preparation of APEM
 flecheEuropean Neighbourhood Policy
 fleche«A regional strategy for peace, security and development for the Horn of Africa»
 flecheThe Commission welcomes the CARIM first annual Report on Mediterranean Migration
 flecheEuropean Institute of Technology: the Commission proposes a new flagship for excellence
 flecheCommission proposes up to €500 million per year for a new European Globalisation adjustment Fund to support workers
 flecheTrade in services
 flecheEuropean Commission steps up efforts to put Europe’s memory on the Web via a “European Digital Library”
 flecheEU and the Caribbean: Commission proposes a new partnership for growth, stability and development
 flecheNew Regional aid Guidelines 2007-2013 - European Union / Provisional text
 flecheInauguration of the EAS: The European Administrative School (EAS), the first inter-institutional training centre celebrates its official inauguration on 10 February 2006
 flecheAu service des régions: politique régionale de l'UE
 flecheCouncil decision on the conclusion of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
 flecheState aid: Commission adopts new regional aid guidelines for 2007-2013
 flecheAfrica’s “silent tsunamis”: Commission adopts humanitarian aid decisions worth €165.7 million
 flecheEuropean Union adopts new ‘tariff-only’ import regime for bananas from 1 January 2006
 flecheEU radically reforms its sugar sector to give producers long-term competitive future
 flecheRising international economic integration: opportunities and challenges
 flecheCommissioner Mariann Fischer Boel urges Council to adopt bold and responsible sugar reform
 flecheProposing the launch of a european transparency initiative
 flecheEU should implement democratic safeguards in stalled Constitution now without waiting for ratification, says CoR President
 flecheCommission welcomes the support by the EU Council and the Parliament to offer a complete untying of aid
 flecheEU and Morocco reach agreement on Galileo
 flecheBird Flu - European Commission earmarks €30 million for Asia
 flechePublic procurement: EU and China strengthen cooperation
 flecheEuropean scientists develop H7N1 avian flu vaccine
 flecheEuropean values in the globalised world
 flecheAdoption of a Unesco Convention on Cultural Diversity
 flecheEuropean Commission launches PLAN D for Democracy, Dialogue and Debate
 flecheEuropean Commission adopts “European Union Strategy for Africa”
 flecheLatest report underlines progress in the EU-Russia Energy Dialogue
 flecheThe European Union opens accession negotiations with Croatia
 flecheEuro area economy gains momentum despite clouds on the horizon
 flecheEconomic Partnership Agreements: EU and Caribbean Region launch third phase of negotiations
 flecheDon’t stop learning ! The European Commission promotes adult education with increased funding
 flecheClimate change: Commission proposes strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from air travel
 flecheEuropean Day of Languages: half of the EU’s population can speak a language other than their mother tongue
 flecheDéclaration, au nom de l'Union européenne, sur la reprise unilatérale par l'Iran des activités de conversion de l'uranium dans l'usine d'Ispahan
 flecheEuropean Commission welcomes Israeli disengagement from Gaza and prepares further measures to support the peace process
 flecheAvian Influenza: Commission asks Member States to step up surveillance
 flecheEuropean Commission actions in the field of aviation safety
 flecheEuropean Commission mobilizes extra €58 M to the Global Fund to accelerate the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries
 flecheEuropean Commission launches a four-year Campaign to raise public awareness on sustainable energy
 flecheCounterfeiting and piracy: the Commission proposes European criminal-law provisions to combat infringements of intellectual property rights
 flecheA European Union Agency to protect and promote fundamental rights
 flecheFunding for European cinema: significant increase in new Member States’ applications for EU support
 flecheEuropean Documentation Centres
 flecheEuropean documentation centres in the European Union
 flecheDecision of the european parlement and of the concil establishing for the period 2007-2013 the programme "Citizens for Europe"to promote active European citizenship
 fleche La BEI et la Banque Mondiale intensifient leur coopération sur les Pays Partenaires Méditerranéens
 flecheConférence de presse pré Conseil européen de M. José Manuel BARROSO, Président de la Commission européenne
 flecheCultural diversity : a major step towards the adoption of a UNESCO Convention
 flecheAnother successful year for Erasmus : student and teacher mobility rose by almost 10% in 2003/2004
 flecheEU Trade Commissioner urges African Trade Ministers: make Doha the “Round for Africa”
 flecheCommission paves the way for renewal of EU Sustainable Development Strategy
 flecheThe Doha Development Agenda
 flecheCommission presents a set of proposals for enlarging the Schengen area to the new member states

 flecheAddressing the concerns of young people in Europe: the Commission adopts a communication on youth policies
 fleche Environment: Green Week 2005 gets to grips with climate change
 flecheCommission White Paper on market access for developing countries: opening the door to development

 flecheCommission tables first elements for a genuine European Space Policy
 flecheThird progress report on economic and social cohesion
 flecheChinese textiles imports investigation: use of the urgency procedure
 flecheEU proposes WTO consultations with China on two textile product categories
 fleche Partenariat Union européenne/États-Unis: la Commission propose de renforcer les relations économiques et politiques
 fleche President Barroso meets Afghan President Hamid Karzai – and announces details of Afghan reconstruction programmes for 2005/2006
 flecheNouveau site Web et budget de 6 millions d’euros pour l’établissement de relations en vue de la recherche de partenaires commerciaux appropriés dans l’Union européenne élargie
 fleche Mr Olli Rehn, Member of the European Commission, responsible for Enlargement
"Prioritisation: where should Turkey focus its energies"
Forum Istanbul - Istanbul, 5 May 2005

 flecheThe new Europe Direct information network: Europe on your doorstep
 flecheImproving and extending the use of ICT to make the most of Europe’s cultural and audiovisual heritage
 flecheThe European Union on your doorstep: new generation of information relays launched
 flecheEuropean Commission welcomes breakthrough in WTO agriculture talks
 flecheNew tools for knowledge and growth: EU scientists propose priorities for research infrastructures
 flecheClimate change: Commission hails entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol
 flecheWomen and the elderly are crossing the digital divide, but the poor still lag behind, says new EU report
 flecheTsunami: Commission takes further action to help rebuild fisheries and aquaculture sector in tsunami-hit areas
 flecheErasmus Mundus: 69 universités supplémentaires participent au programme
 flecheTranslating the Monterrey Consensus into Practice: the Contribution by the European Union
 fleche European Commission launches public debate on economic migration
 flecheCommission pledges €140 million to help eliminate the threat of anti-personnel land mines
 flecheEuropean handbook on integration
 flecheFirst European handbook on integration of immigrants presented by European Commission
 flecheEU-India Summit: towards a strategic partnership
 flecheQuestions for the general public concerning the future European Fundamental Rights Agency
 flecheDiscours de M. António Vitorino à la Conférence des Présidents des commissions compétentes en matière d'immigration des parlements de l'UE
 flecheEU-WTO: In WTO review of trade policy EU will stress its support for the multilateral trade system
 flecheWhat Europeans think of the EU’s farm policy
 flecheDeveloping countries: the Commission proposes system of trade preferences for 2006-2008
 flecheCommission appeals against WTO sugar ruling
 flecheEnlargement - Turkey's progress towards accession
 flecheLa Commission approuve un rapport sur la gouvernance européenne (2003-2004)
 flecheCommission launches new portal giving all citizens of the enlarged EU access to better information on their rights
 flecheCommission grants Euro 93 million to upgrade European Research and Education Internet (GÉANT)
 flecheStrengthening economic governance and improving the Stability and Growth Pact
 flecheCountdown 2015 - Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights for all : London, 31 August - 2 September 2004
 flecheGeneral information concerning in-service training (stages) with the European Commission
 flechePortail sur les possibilités d'éducation et de formation dans l'ensemble de l'espace européen
 flechePresident-designate Barroso unveils his team
 flecheImmigration & asylum : current state of play
 flecheBarroso, José Manuel
 flecheWith oil prices surging, Loyola de Palacio recalls the necessity of having a concerted European approach to the issue of security of energy supplies
 flecheEuropean Commission approves 5.75 million euros for crises in Asia

 flecheThe role of broadband networks in securing knowledge-based regions
 flecheThe humanitarian crisis in Greater Darfur, Sudan- response of the European Commission - UPDATE EU by far the biggest donor

 flecheEndangered wildlife: Commission wants tighter rules to protect wild animals and plants from unsustainable international trade
 flecheGeneral overview of active WTO dispute settlement cases involving the EC as complainant or defendant
 flecheEU’s Position on the Middle East Conflict
 flecheEU-Latin American and Caribbean Summit
 flecheLamy, Pascal
 flecheCox, Pat
 flecheProdi, Romano
 flecheEuropean Commission Statement on the European Parliament elections
 flecheCommission proposes action to secure the social dimension of globalisation
 flecheEU-Latin American and Caribbean Summit: moving the strategic partnership forward
 flecheEU takes action to foster international sustainable fishing
 flecheWTO-DDA: EU ready to go the extra mile in three key areas of the talks
 flecheStatement of President Prodi on enlargement
 flecheCommission takes further steps to ensure access to medicines for poor countries
 flecheCroatia: Commission recommends opening of accession negotiations
 flecheCommission prepares the necessary steps to welcome a united Cyprus into the European Union on 1 May 2004
 flecheWTO India - GSP: WTO confirms differentiation among developing countries is possible
 flecheCommission adopts new safe harbour for licensing of patents, know-how and software copyright
 flecheAir pollution: Commission takes legal action against 10 Member States
 flecheCommission Spring Economic Forecasts 2004 -2005 for the euro area, the European Union and the Acceding and Candidate countries
 flecheCommission recommends concrete action to promote growth and employment in the enlarged Union
 flecheEurope needs more scientists: EU blueprint for action
 flecheThe European Commission and Philip Morris International confirm discussions
 flecheNew EU Centre for Disease Prevention and Control adopted
 flechePresidency Conclusions Brussels European Council 25/26 march 2004
 flecheCommission concludes on Microsoft investigation, imposes conduct remedies and a fine
 flecheKey data on health 2002 Health in the EU under the microscope
 flecheEU acts to increase transparency, efficiency and predictability in the use of trade defence
 flecheEU-Canada: Commission agrees design of future EU-Canada Trade and Investment Enhancement Agreement
 flecheBiodiversity: Commission sounds alarm on need to reduce global biodiversity loss
 flecheDeveloping countries: Commission adopts action plan to help developing countries fight agricultural commodity dependency and support the development of the cotton sector in Africa
 flecheEuropean Union signs landmark tourism accord with China today in Beijing
 flecheLa Commission appelle à un renforcement des relations entre l'UE et la Russie
 flecheTrade implications of EU enlargement: Facts and Figures
 flecheThe future of WTO
 flecheWestern Balkans proceed with economic transition
 flecheRomano Prodi President of the European Commission. 2004 Spring Report. Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament.
 flecheCommission reports on progress towards meeting 'Johannesburg' commitments
 flecheEuropean Research Network extended to the Balkans with EU Support
 flecheCommission calls on Member States to keep up the momentum in tackling poverty and social exclusion
 flecheEuropean Commission stands behind the Kyoto Protocol
 flecheUS Steel: EU welcomes termination of US steel safeguard measure
 flecheCommission launches preparations for Balkan participation in Community programmes
 flecheWTO and agriculture: Fischler's five tests to kick-start stalled talks
 flechePresident Prodi statement World Aids Day
 flecheEC action against HIV/AIDS
 fleche2003 review of the EU economy: On the verge of new patterns of economic growth?
 flecheEU- WTO: European Commission proposes to put Doha Round of trade talks back on track
 flecheCommission discusses amendments to EU Constitution
 flecheEU-India Summit: An opportunity to strengthen relations
 flecheCommission adopts five new humanitarian aid decisions worth over EUR 11.5 million
 flecheCommission and United Nations join forces to launch humanitarian appeals for 2004
 flecheCommission proceeds with excessive deficit procedure for Germany
 flecheEU-Mercosur: Ministerial meeting to roadmap free trade negotiations
 flecheState of play on GMO authorisations under EU law
 flecheComenius Week
Highlighting the European dimension at school

 flecheBulgaria, Romania and Turkey make significant progress towards accession criteria
 flecheAcceding countries expected to be ready for accession, urged to tackle remaining issues
 flecheForeign Sales Corporations (FSC): Commission prepares for the imposition of countermeasures on US products
 flecheEU/Russia Summit, Rome, 6 November
 flecheRemoving obstacles to development: Commission proposes EUR 250 million to support African-led peace keeping operations in Africa
 flecheAccelerating the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria: Commission commits further EUR 170 million to the Global Fund
 flecheAfghanistan: Commission Proposes EUR 79.5 million for Fourth Reconstruction programme
 flecheEnvironmental democracy: Commission promotes citizens' involvement in environmental matters
 flecheEU Cohesion Policy: Commissioner Barnier visits Cyprus
 flecheSingle-hull oil tankers banned from European ports from 21 October 2003
 flecheHIV/AIDS: European Research provides clear proof that HIV virus cannot pass through condoms
 flecheA european knowledge society in a global community
 flecheCommission provides support to OLAF and Belgian authorities on investigation into fraud in grain trade prices
 flecheEU complies with WTO ruling on Hormone beef and calls on USA and Canada to lift trade sanctions
 flecheEU-Andean Community: Second Round of Negotiations for new Political Dialogue and Co-operation Agreement
 flecheEurobarometer : latest survey shows growing support for key EU policies in acceding countries
 flecheCommission acts to boost efficiency and flexibility of EU development assistance to benefit the poor
 flecheCommission proceeds with excessive deficit procedure for France assesses
 flecheCinedays 2003: long live European cinema!
 flecheEuropean industry leaders and EU policymakers meet to plan for security research
 flecheEuro area economy demonstrates initial signs of recovery
 flecheEuropean Commission, eight acceding countries and US sign Bilateral Investment Understanding
 flecheTrade in Cotton: constructive proposals to solve African problem
 flecheCommission adopts opinion on the European Constitution
 fleche"State of play of Agriculture Negotiations"
 flecheWorld cotton day: EU sympathises with concerns of African countries
 flecheKey areas for decision in Cancun
 flecheEverything you wanted to know about Cancun
 flecheJoin EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy in an on-line chat September 4 2003
 flecheEuropean Commission regrets the request for a WTO panel on GMOs
 flecheEC and US propose a framework for a joint approach on agricultural questions in WTO
 flecheTrade in agricultural goods and fishery products. EU – US Joint Text on Agriculture

 flecheWTO Farm Talks/Cancun: EU’s Fischler calls for renewed effort to bridge differences
 flecheEU-US Summit - Washington
 flecheThessaloniki European Council - Presidency Conclusions
 flecheAccess to medicines: EU clears plan to ensure delivery of cheap medicines to developing countries
 flecheLe Conseil Éducation adopte les critères de référence européens
 flecheOMC SERVICES - L'UE propose d'améliorer les échanges commerciaux - au bénéfice des pays en développement
 flecheLa Commission propose de créer un Fonds européen pour l'eau doté d'un budget d'1 milliard d'euros
 flecheEU survey results: Europe goes on-line for health information, but still prefers more traditional sources
 flecheLa lutte contre les maladies transmissibles dans les pays en développement: la Commission resserre son programme d'action
 flecheMultilingualism in the European Commission: A long-standing tradition and an asset to the European Union
 flecheSustainable agriculture for developing countries: the options offered by life sciences and biotechnology
 fleche'Your Voice in Europe': new Commission portal aims to give citizens a bigger role in policy making
 flecheAgriculture: plus grande ouverture du marché et réduction du soutien faussant les échanges
 flecheCombating digital illiteracy, promoting virtual campuses and virtual twinning of schools: the e-learning programme's aims (2004-2006)
 flecheLa Commission place la politique industrielle au premier plan de ses préoccupations
 flechePascal Lamy salue l'achèvement des négociations sur l'adhésion de l'Arménie à l'OMC
 flecheForum européen du tourisme: promotion du développement durable dans le tourisme
 flecheLibéralisation des services : l'Union européenne lance un consultation publique sur les demandes pour l'accès au marché européen
 flecheEU - Russia economic and trade relations: an overview
 flecheL'Union européenne va négocier des accords de partenariat avec des Etats d'Afrique, des Caraïbes et du Pacifique
 flecheL’UE poursuit sa bataille pour étendre l’accès aux médicaments pour les pays en développement
 flecheL'Europe lance un partenariat avec les pays en voie de développement pour lutter contre le sida, la malaria et la tuberculose
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