"The State of Europe at 50 - Looking to the next 50 years": round table with the participation of José Manuel Barroso

Type: News   Reference: I-055160   Duration: 11:13:45  Lieu:
End production: 04/10/2007   First transmission: 04/10/2007
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which laid the building blocks for European integration, "Friends of Europe" organised a four-session State of Europe roundtable. This policy summit debated the challenges ahead and the priorities for Europe in an open and frank manner. Under the chairmanship of Etienne Davignon, 30 high-level figures engaged in a lively discussion focusing on Europe’s global role, the puzzle of economics and environment, the challenges posed by demographic and health trends to Europe’s competitiveness and the issue of multiculturalism. José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, was asked to make the closing remarks.

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11:10:14 Title 00:00:04
11:10:19 Exterior view of the Egmont Palace 00:00:07
11:10:26 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (3 shots) 00:00:28
11:10:54 José Manuel Barroso 00:00:07
11:11:01 Elisabeth Guigou, Member of the French Parliament 00:00:05
11:11:06 General view of the participants 00:00:07
11:11:13 Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia 00:00:11
11:11:24 Hassan ibn Talal, Prince of Jordan, Chairman of the Arab Thought Forum 00:00:08
11:11:32 General view of the meeting 00:00:07
11:11:39 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that if we are able to shape globalisation with some values and some rules, that we can not impose but propose to the world, the tasks of the European Union today are much broader than the task of the European Community in the middle of the last century; this the most important change of paradigm that we have been witnessing for some time 00:00:34
11:12:13 Cutaway 00:00:09
11:12:22 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) asking how we can protect Europe without being protectionists, how we can defend the interests of Europe; because of globalisation, should we, to protect our interests, close ourselves? or should we exactly follow the opposite way: ask the others to open more, to have open societies and to have open economies?; the answer of the European Commission is clear: they are for opening Europe and opening the world, they are for open economies and open societies and they stand firm about those basic values 00:00:39
11:13:01 Cutaway 00:00:05
11:13:06 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that sometimes people say that the Member States of the EU do not share the same fundamental interests; he strongly disagrees; the fundamental interests of the Member States in the EU are the same: stability, democracy, open economy, rule of law, prosperity; they may not agree all the time about priorities and policies, but this can be solved if they have the appropriate political will and the appropriate institutional mechanisms; but the fundamental interests of the Member States of the EU are basically convergent 00:00:39
11:13:45 General view of the meeting 00:00:08
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