Thank you. I certainly don’t want to interfere in the American debate about labeling, since I have already enough problems with European consumers, but what I would like to do today is not only to talk about our legislation a bit, because it’s so detailed and complex, but also to talk about the European/ American trade relations, in particular as it relates to biotechnology. First of all, I would like to say there is a strong trans-Atlantic relationship as far as trade is concerned between the EU and the U.S. We have to realize that we have a trade level of around one billion dollars a day between us, without even talking about investments. If you add investments, we’ll go up to one trillion dollars a year. Disputes, because we have sometimes disputes and as it happens sometimes also in the families, represent only two or three percent of the total business we have together.
Tony Van der Haegen,
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