José Manuel Durão Barroso
President of the European Commission
Statement of President Barroso at the EU-Brazil Summit press conference
Fourth EU-Brazil Summit
Brasilia, 14 July 2010
Brazil is a key partner for the EU. The world is changing and part of this new world is a thriving Brazil that is on the rise. The EU is delighted to see a strong Brazil that can help solve global problems, contribute to the stability and prosperity of Latin America and develop our bilateral relations.
One of President Lula's achievements is Brazil's relationship with the EU. This is the fourth summit we have held after Lisbon in 2007, Rio de Janeiro in 2008 and Stockholm in 2009 – proof of the vitality of our relationship.
Today we have seen once again that the EU and Brazil are natural partners, sharing common values and strategic objectives, whether on economic and financial affairs, climate change or the liberalisation of world trade.
The recent decisions by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee to award Brazil the honour of organising the next football World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games are further proof of the international recognition and prestige it enjoys.
Today we have had another opportunity to resume at the highest level our talks on climate change. We share the same objective of achieving significant progress at the Cancún summit. Climate change can be tackled effectively only if everyone, without exception, plays their part.
The EU is actively working towards this goal through its 20/20/20 programme - cutting emissions by at least 20% by 2020 - and is keeping open the possibility of extending this target to 30% as part of an equally ambitious international commitment.
We are also helping developing countries tackle this issue and have pledged fast‑start finance of EUR 7.2 billion for this purpose.
Brazil has presented ambitious emission reduction targets for 2020 and can work together with the EU in the same direction.
Turning to regional issues, we welcome the reopening of negotiations to conclude an association agreement between Mercosur and the EU and we are pleased to note that the first meeting of negotiators has already taken place (28 June - 2 July), just after the Madrid summit in May. Such an agreement will undoubtedly bring great political and economic benefits for both parties.
We have every confidence that we can achieve significant progress while Brazil holds the rotating Mercosur Presidency.
Still on the trade front, the EU and Brazil share a great deal of common ground on the Doha Round. We believe that we can still reach an overall agreement based on the proposals that are on the table.
As for bilateral relations, I would point first to the agreements on civil aviation which we are signing today and which will allow more airlines to fly to Brazil, thereby increasing the flights on offer between our two regions. The agreements will also boost imports and exports of aeronautic equipment based on mutual recognition of security certification systems.
We are adopting today a work programme on triangular cooperation which will form the basis for our future activities with the countries concerned. I am very pleased that we have reached agreement with Mozambique on triangular cooperation in the field of bio‑energy based which will be fully compliant with tough sustainability criteria.
Still on the subject of triangular cooperation with Africa, I am delighted that a Letter of Intent is being signed today between the European Commission and the Brazilian Superior Electoral Court with the aim of assisting the Community of Portuguese‑speaking countries (CPLP) in training activities relating to electoral support.
Besides these tangible results, I have to say in more general terms that there has been excellent progress in implementing the joint action plan approved in Rio in 2008. We hold regular talks in around 18 areas and although they are all important, I would like to mention in particular our dialogues on energy, on macroeconomic and financial affairs and on the environment and climate change.
Let me also mention the visa exemption agreements, which have been initialled and should be signed after the summer. These agreements will establish full reciprocity for short-term visas between Brazil and Schengen area countries, thereby bringing very tangible improvements to the lives of our citizens and proving that our partnership benefits everyone.
Another area worth mentioning is our cooperation on science and technology in the fields of second-generation bio-fuels and information and communication technologies.
I have no doubt that the existence of the strategic partnership will continue to provide the impetus needed to deepen our relationship, to extend dialogue to new areas and to revitalise existing talks.
In the words of the great Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade: "We must always aspire to something that, once achieved, does not leave us bereft of ambition". Relations between the European Union are a perfect example of this: despite the progress that has been made, there is much more still to be achieved.