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"Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, this dossier presents us with a dilemma. On the one hand, we are opposed to all child labour. I must make it quite clear that, as the father of four children, I feel quite ill at the thought of what other children have to do to enable my children to have a cup of a chocolate drink in the morning. However, on the other hand, we cannot deny the fact that we need to put these countries in the position where they can introduce minimum social standards, find the funding for schools and education and establish social security systems. The dilemma we find ourselves in is that if we do not trade with these countries, then they will not earn the money to introduce all the developments that we would like to see. If we do trade with these countries, then we are faced with our current dilemma, which is intolerable. This is why I very much welcome this agreement. I am very grateful to my fellow Members who have looked at this subject in detail in the committee. I am firmly convinced that this agreement is a move in the right direction. We are not afraid to express our criticisms, but we are not saying right from the outset: ‘We will not trade with you unless you put your house in order’. Instead, we are attempting to draw up a realistic, joint timetable to help these countries to resolve this dilemma. We have a joint interest not only in enjoying a good bar of chocolate or a cup of a chocolate drink, but, much more importantly, in ensuring a positive future for the children in these countries."@en1

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