S.Burbienės komandiruotės į Jungtinę Didžiosios Britanijos ir Šiaurės Airijos Karalystę ir Prancūzijos Respubliką 2002 01 16-19 d. ataskaita
Ataskaita apie dalyvavimą
Europos Tarybos Parlamentinės Asamblėjos sesijoje
Strasbūre, 2002 m. sausio 2125 dienomis
Sesijos metu vyksta tiek komitetų, tiek plenariniai posėdžiai.
Ekonominių reikalų ir plėtros komiteto posėdyje, kaip įprasta pirmoje sesijoje, išrinkti komiteto vadovai, o komiteto nariai pasiskirstė pakomitečiais.
Kitomis komiteto posėdžių dienomis apsvarstytos parlamentarų pataisos šioje sesijoje svarstomiems pranešimams, kuriuos ruošė Ekonominių reikalų ir plėros komiteto nariai, taip pat diskutuota dėl kitų būsimų pranešimų, Šiaurės Pietų centro veiklos, paskirti atstovai dalyvauti konferencijose ir išklausytos dalyvavusių ataskaitos.
Sesijos metu buvo svarstomi įvairūs pranešimai, rekomenduota į ET priimti Bosniją Hercogoviną, į parlamentarų klausimus atsakinėjo Lietuvos Respublikos Užsienio reikalų ministras Antanas Valionis, kalbą sakė Seimo pirmininkas Artūras Paulauskas. Aš dalyvavau diskusijose, svarstant pranešimą Globalizacijos suvaldymas: PPO vaidmuo pasaulio ekonomikai. Mano pasisakymo tekstas įdėtas atskaitos priede.
Priedas: kalba 2002.01.23
Managing globalisation: the role of the World Trade Organisation in the world economy
Dear colleagues, first of all I want to thank Mikko Elo, for his report, which is balanced and speaks about the problems without emotions. In our days talking about globalisation becomes a kind of fashion: one is condeming it as evil of the world, another almost praying for it, a lot of discussions about the protests of antiglobalists and those, who are around them trying to fulfil their own, not the best tasks.
Some words about so called antiglobalists: they are of two kinds real and pretenders. The latter want simply to do mess and reassure themselves as personalities, feel themselves more important than all the others and various protests is the way of their life. And it is a great pity these are seen, mass media shows them on TV, newspapers are full of articles and photo. So we all assist them to reach their aim the only one aim - to feel very important persons. All of us blame violence in antiglobalists protests, but not all see another side of this phenomenon. We must see those, who want to discuss, who try to see the problems and dont want to agree, that it is impossible to change anything and that globalisation is pure goodness. Sometimes they ask simple questions, but nobody wants or can answer: why seven or eight guys can decide for all the rest. They are discussing, going for manifestations, sending letters to authorities and decision-makers, but in most cases they are mixed with whose shouting and smashing windows. And even in our democratic societies its strange to speak against globalisation. Be careful, dear colleagues, there are no optimal solutions for all and always, economists know this. And by the way gap between poor and rich is growing both between countries and in the countries. What is more dangerous - those who think they are most progressive, that means are for globalisation, progress and prosperity, feels themselves as if they have monopoly of truth. Its really dangerous, please dont forget that anybodys good wishes are not enough, as we say in Lithuania Good wishes are the bricks straight to the hell.
Now some words about the WTO and our negotiations with them. As it is said Lithuania has joined the organisation last year only, though we began negotiations three years ago. We could join WTO in half a year, if we wont ask for the transitional periods, for better terms of the treaty, for other things. And I must say our negotiators had done their best and now we enjoy status of full member of WTO. Nevertheless, I must say that all the countries that began negotiating after Uruguay round were discriminated. What I want to say is, that no country was allowed to be a member of this big, but still club, having any subsidies on agriculture export. Of course not many of them have money for such subsidies, but there is no possibility even to find some for this purpose. I know WTO is not a charity organisation, and the members try to prove that everything they are doing for the sake of free market and better world. The problem is that EU countries have such subsidies and introduce them especially trading with our, CEE countries. You can say: join EU and enjoy all we have already in EU treaty. OK, who can say what kind of union it will be after a year or two, there a lot of changes planned, and no candidate country knows all of them, and of course have no right of decision. And I congratulate the creation of Convent with EU, where parliamentarians from applicant countries could take part in discussion about the future of EU and their voice I believe will be heard.