European Neighbourhood Policy Conference: extracts from the opening speeches
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 03/09/2007 First transmission: 03/09/2007
On 3 September 2007, the European Commission hosted the first ever meeting of Ministers and other representatives from all the countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with their counterparts from the EU. The purpose was to exchange views on what had been learnt from the first years of ENP and what could jointly be done to strengthen it for the future. The conference focussed particularly on the opportunities for trade liberalisation, mobility and the challenges of climate change and energy security. Under the title "Working Together - Strengthening the European Neighbourhood Policy", the opening speeches were addressed by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Luís Amado, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Commission building where the conference was held
||Arrival of Anna Fotyga, Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs (2 shots)
||Dora Bakoyannis, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Luís Amado, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs (5 shots)
||Luís Amado (in PORTUGUESE) saying that the massive presence of people shows the importance of this conference and the enormous capacity of attraction of the European project as a catalyst of social, economic and political transformation in the neighbourhood regions
||José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the fundamental principle of the European Neighbourhood Policy is precisely differentiation; the ENP is not, and has never been, a one-size-fits-all policy; there are as many variations as there are partners; the EU cannot and do not wish to ignore the differences between its partners; so, clearly, they need an overall concept to mobilise attention and support, but this concept is not homogeneity, in the contrary, it promotes differentiation
||Cutaway: Anna Fotyga
||Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Commission has proposed a new system of Mobility Partnerships, which they hope they can pilot with ENP countries; the idea, as the name suggests, is to focus on the joint responsibility of all countries to tackle the challenges posed by migration; so it will cover both steps to combat illegal migration and to find more opportunities for legal migration from third countries to the EU; the EU also asks for commitments on readmission and to promote productive employment and decent work, and they propose ways of facilitating access to the EU Member States' labour markets such as labour quotas, short stay visas, and practical instruments to match job offers with job seekers
||General views of the conference (6 shots)