Port of Spain, January 2020 - The installation of a new European Commission in late 2019, new policy priorities and the unveiling of the European Green Deal provided the perfect opportunity for the Ambassadors of the EU – the EU Ambassador, along with the Ambassadors of France, Germany, The Netherlands and Spain, to kick off the new year by hosting a press conference. The seven media organizations in attendance were given an update not only on the changes in Brussels, but also the EU's plans for partnership with Trinidad and Tobago in the coming year.
Ambassador Biesebroek began the press conference with an overview of the new EU leadership and the 6 new priorities, highlighting in particular the European Green Deal – the ambitious plan to ensure that Europe takes the lead against climate change by becoming the first climate-neutral continent. "Given that the Green Deal figures so much in the new Commission's priorities, we can expect that it will feature prominently in our future relationship with T&T," Ambassador stated. He also discussed specific plans for Trinidad and Tobago including the planned launch of the Innovation Programme, the Spotlight Initiative and the impending roll out of the GCCA+ renewable energy programme.
Ambassadors of the EU member state countries took turns to discuss their priorities for Trinidad and Tobago, including working with the Government to address issues such as climate change, gender equality and violence against women, LGBTI rights and business and investment.
Members of the media were given an opportunity to address several questions to the Ambassadors on Brexit, the Venezuela crisis, gender based violence and the impact of crime on business and investment from the EU.
The press conference was hosted in an effort to share the values that are important to Europeans with the media and the public. The EU is committed to deepen its partnership and will continue engagement on important issues with the Government and people of Trinidad and Tobago.