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Pascal Lamy

Pascal Lamy

Pascal Lamy, aged 63, holds an MBA from HEC, and also studied at Sciences Po, and ENA. He began his ...
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Pascal Lamy in the FAZ about TTIP, France, and Europe in globalisation

on July 29, 2014, 16:30
Article - Pascal Lamy

Our honorary president, Pascal Lamy, is interviewed in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, on 15 July 2014, about TTIP, France, and Europe in globalisation, in an article entitled: "Das Freihandelsabkommen wird noch viele Jahre nicht kommen".





With regard to the duration of TTIP negotiations:


“Theidea which was predominant for a while that the agreement would be concluded by the end of this year is totally unrealistic.”


An independent man, who is part of the Socialist Party but not wanted in the government, and who is therefore involved in various think tanks:

“I have a modest lifestyle and therefore don’t need to be on the supervisory board of any company.”



An international trade expert who has a clear position on TTIP:

“The transatlantic free-trade agreement is very different from traditional trade agreements. It aims to merge legislation and not simply harmonise customs duties. It is therefore much more complex.”

“Today, in the European Union, we have reached 80% of our objectives for goods and 40% for services. Compared to Europe’s economic weight, this means that we have come half way in thirty years.”

“When I negotiate customs duties, I usually have producers against me and consumers on my side. However, when negotiations focus on rules, particularly those concerning food safety, generally speaking producers are the ones supporting me because they envisage the possibility of a large market and consumers are against me because they are afraid standards will drop.”

“Up until now, stakeholders in negotiations have not yet defined exactly what they want to negotiate”.

“Europeans will surely not say that they accept American legislation on car bumpers, but that in exchange Americans must adopt their norms on medicines.”

The adoption of rules incorporating the precautionary principle, to protect the environment and consumers, “is a sign of progress and a socio-economic development.”

“It is clear that pesticides should not be used on cut flowers. However, it seems completely pointless to lower the number of building permits from 50 to 15.”

“If the EU and the United States manage to agree on a crash test for cars, it would then become a global standard that other countries would be quick to adopt”.



With regard France in globalisation and its reforms:

“French people demonise the world around them.”

“I am in sync with 95% of Social Democrats in this world. But I must admit that a good number of the remaining 5% live in France.”

“[What many observers consider to be “supply policy”] is headed in the right direction, at last, 40 years overdue. However, this is not enough. And I must admit that even this low dose of reforms must deal with strong political opposition.”

Reforms in France are “frequent”: “yet, for 40 years, our budget has not been balanced; for 20 years, we have experienced high unemployment; and for 10 years, we have been losing competitiveness.”

“However France’s ability to address problems is lower than in other countries.”

“Hell is other people.”

“If you think that other people, and not you, are the problem, you cannot move forward.”



With regard to France’s influence in Europe and in the world:

“The attempt is legitimate [to talk of France’s “success” when it comes to European policy and its ability to influence the world]. But France has much less power today. The number of atomic bombs and a seat on the UN Security Council do not have as much importance”.

However France has everything it takes to succeed economically: “just take a look at our multinational companies. The problem is that France is very much globalised in its “body”, but not in its “head”.”




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