ISLAMABAD Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani welcomed European Union Councils decision to grant Pakistan enhanced access to the markets of its member countries by seeking a Pakistan specific WTO waiver. Talking to Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Chairman Pakistan European Parliamentary Friendship Group Sajjad Karim, who called on him at his NA Secretariat chamber on Tuesday afternoon, Prime Minister said that he was certain that instead of affecting EUs domestic industry and jobs, the proposed market access would only help Pakistan regain its potential share of the European markets from some of its competitors and thus assist Government of Pakistan in reviving countrys economy. Prime Minister expressed his earnest hope that the European Parliament will lend its full support to EU Councils decision. Prime Minister conveyed through the MEP, his Governments gratitude on the solidarity and support shown by the European Parliament through its endorsement of the call for long-term EU approach to help Pakistan in overcoming its economic challenges, which have been accentuated by the massive devastation caused by floods. He also appreciated Sajjad Karims personal proactive role in promoting the cause of Pakistan in the European Parliament and urged him to continue his efforts through his Friendship Group as well as through the Conservative Delegation in the European Parliament, for provision of immediate and long-term assistance to Pakistan. Prime Minister while apprising him of the human and material losses sustained by the country in the recent unprecedented natural calamity, stated that he had constituted a 13 member National Oversight Disaster Management Council (NODMC) with consensus of all the four provincial as well as of AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan Governments through the forum of Council of Common Interests. The Council he added would ensure transparency, accountability and optimal judicious utilisation of the foreign assistance for flood victims of Pakistan. He said the NODMC comprising dignitaries with impeccable integrity has been fully empowered to check every aspect of collection, distribution and use of the assistance. The Prime Minister said that despite its present economic difficulties, Pakistan remained committed to fight the menace of terror in the interest of peace and security of world at large and to undertake the structural economic reforms including broadening of tax base, reprioritising the budget expenditure and fulfilment of its pledges made to the International Financial Institutions. Sajjad Karim while conveying the best wishes of the leadership and people of European Union to the Prime Minister and people of Pakistan assured the Prime Minister of European Unions complete support in these trying times for Pakistan. He agreed with the Prime Minister on the imperative need for providing market access to Pakistan in order to help it revive its economy. He promised to facilitate it through the European Parliament. Sajjad Karim underlined the importance of parliamentary exchanges between Pakistan and the EU for creating better understanding of each others situation and perspectives. He expressed the hope that these links would be further strengthened in the future. He undertook to endeavour for expansion of ties between the legislators of the two sides through his forum of Friends of Pakistan Group in the European Parliament.