Visit by EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht
Minister of Trade
17 March 2011
Visit by EU Trade Commissioner
Karel De Gucht
Trade Minister Tim Groser today
announced the visit to New Zealand of the European Union
Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht.
“I am very much
looking forward to welcoming Mr De Gucht to New Zealand. As
a single market of 27 member countries the European Union is
our second largest trading partner and we enjoy longstanding
cooperation in many areas of common trade interest. New
Zealand remains committed to the further strengthening of
ties with our EU partners.
The Commissioner will have the
opportunity to exchange views with the Government and with
New Zealand business leaders while visiting Auckland on
Saturday,” said Mr Groser.
Commissioner De Gucht will
be attending Friday’s memorial service for victims of the
Christchurch Earthquake as representative of the European
Union,” said Mr Groser.
“I will of course be letting
the EU know that New Zealand is open for business. Even in
Christchurch, many businesses were quickly up and running
after the earthquake, or shifted to new premises to resume
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