At the outset, the EU and its Member States would like to congratulate Minister Calero for his chairmanship of this inaugural meeting of the assembly of the states that have ratified the Marrakesh Treaty.
The EU and its Member States welcome the entry into force of the Marrakesh Treaty on the 30th of September and congratulate the countries that have ratified and implemented the Treaty already. The Marrakesh Treaty will substantially improve the lives of millions of visually impaired people around the world. We are working to ensure that the Treaty is ratified and becomes part of the EU copyright rules as soon as possible. The EU and its Member States can help to improve access to books and other print content for persons with print disabilities and contribute to the fight against the book famine. The proposals to ensure compliance of EU legislation with the obligations in the Treaty and the functioning of exchanges within the internal market and with third countries have already been put forward by the European Commission and are currently being discussed in the European Council and the European Parliament. This will pave the way for ratification.
The EU and its Member States are looking forward to concluding this process swiftly and to join the circle of the Marrakesh Treaty parties.
Thank you, Chairman