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Ferrero Waldner: Service Sector EU's Stength

Losing jobs to India will not be a problem if the EU manages to concentrate on its service sector, according to EU Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Benita Ferrero Waldner. She is currently in Finland attending the EU-India summit conference.

Ferrero Waldner, who was interviewed Friday on YLE’s morning talk show Aamu TV, said the EU needs to concentrate on strengthening its service sector in order to retain competitive ability in a globalised world. She also emphasised the need for EU and India to work together in areas such as trade, investment, fighting climate change and promoting sustainable development.

In reference to France's decision to approve a bill in which denying the Armenian genocide would be criminal, Ferrero Waldner said France’s action and EU relations with Turkey are two separate matters. She added that the EU will continue to work with Turkey, but Turkey has a great deal to do before it can be a member.

She said awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature to Turkish author Orhan Pamuk sent a powerful message to Turkey. Pamuk has been accused of offending Turkey by saying the Armenian genocide and murder of Kurds have been forbidden topics in Turkey.

The commissioner also commented on the recent murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and discussed the lack of basic civil rights in Russia. However, she praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for promising German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the crime would be investigated.

Ferrero Waldner also said nuclear weapons tests carried out North Korea are particularly troubling. She said the EU will go along with the UN’s decision on the matter and work with them to resolve the situation.

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