June 29, 2009
Premier to Visit European Union
Promoting the province is an integral
part of ensuring Newfoundland and Labrador seizes opportunities,
attracts investment and is well understood on the international stage.
To that end the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and
Labrador, will travel to the European Union (EU) this week to meet with
trade, fisheries and other officials.
�Newfoundland and Labrador has come of age in the past few years, and we
are being recognized on the world stage as an innovative and dynamic
economy with tremendous potential,� said Premier Williams. �We want to
ensure that our friends and colleagues in the European Union see our
province as both a land of opportunity and a key economic participant in
the Canadian federation. From our historic fishery, our tourism
potential and our ocean technology, to our emergence as an energy
warehouse, we have much to offer and I plan to share this with officials
during these meetings. Economists say that our province will lead this
country in growth next year, and we want to ensure we spread the good
word about what is happening in Newfoundland and Labrador.�
Premier Williams will be meeting with the following individuals:
Baroness Catherine Ashton, EU Commissioner for Trade; Joe Borg, EU
Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; Juan Carlos Mart�n
Fragueiro, Secretary General of the Sea; and Diego L�pez Garrido,
Secretary of State for the European Union.
�I also want to ensure that EU officials clearly understand our
province�s position vis-�-vis the current Canada-EU Trade negotiations,�
added Premier Williams. �We believe strongly in free trade and support
greater trade between our province and the EU. However, we must ensure
that our interests are protected and sufficiently promoted at the
international level. For example, the elimination of tariffs on seafood
products is particularly important to our fishery and something that
must be looked after in the context of any Canada-EU trade agreement.
This is just one of many issues that we will discuss in addition to the
opportunities for investment and success in this province.�
Premier Williams said that in addition to trade issues, he will also
discuss the proposed ban on seal products which has yet to be approved
by the EU Council of Ministers.
�I particularly look forward to meeting with Spanish officials and
fishing industry representatives,� said Premier Williams. �Newfoundland
and Labrador and Spain have a long history dating back to the 1500s.
Next month, a delegation of Spanish officials will be visiting the
province and I look forward on both occasions to sharing information and
learning from one another.�
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