FORA.tv Speaker - Baroness Catherine Ashton
Baroness Catherine Ashton was appointed high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy in 2009. Prior to her appointment as high representative, she served as European commissioner for trade, where she has initialed an ambitious and far-reaching free trade agreement with South Korea, and solved a number of high-profile trade disputes with major trading partners. She has also championed trade as a means of promoting development around the world, putting the EU's economic relationship with African, Caribbean, and Pacific countries on a firmer footing. Baroness Ashton has represented the European Union in the Doha Round of world trade talks, and built on already strong bilateral trade and investment relationships. As trade commissioner, she co-chaired the EU-China High Level Economic and Trade Dialogue with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan. In 2007, she was appointed leader of the House of Lords, and lord president of the Queen's Privy Council in Gordon Brown's first Cabinet. Baroness Ashton took responsibility in the House of Lords for equalities issues and moved the Lisbon Treaty through the U.K.'s upper chamber.
03.26.10 | 01:23:42 min
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