Debate between the Council and the Portuguese Presidency: statements by the Council and the EC
End production: 18/12/2007 First transmission: 18/12/2007
One day after the ceremony marking the signing of the Lisbon Treaty, the 27 EU Heads of State and Government gathered for the European Council in Brussels. The main outcome was the setting up of a new reflection group on the future of Europe up to 2020-30. This reflection group, including up to nine wise men, will reflect on topics such as: how to adapt economic success with solidarity, immigration policy, fighting terrorism, task related to climate change and to communicate better to citizens. The other important result was the sending of a European mission to Kosovo. Concerning the global approach to migration issues, the Heads of State agreed on a common approach and the Commission will present new proposals in 2008. The Council conclusions integrated two new paragraphs concerning the organisation of financial markets in the EU. Finally, there was an annexed declaration to the conclusions on globalisation, where the demand was expressed to guarantee international rules for fair trade and to strengthen international organisation in charge of over viewing social protection, product safety and environment.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Brussels
||José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, (in PORTUGUESE) about the outcome of the Portuguese Presidency; saying that over the last six months they were able to overcome deadlocks, break through blockages and break down prejudices; so they can assert that at the end of the Portuguese Presidency, Europe is not only stronger inside but Europe is also stronger outside;
commenting on the Reflection group on the future of Europe up to 2020-30; saying that they set up a Reflection group and on the Council meeting they set up the mandate for the Reflection group; this Reflection group promotes general reflection on what has to be part of the European agenda for the future, what they are trying to achieve until 2020-30
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) on the globalisation declaration in the annex of the Council conclusions; saying that this declaration on globalisation approved by the Council had turned this around; they know now that Europe can unite around an activist, pro-active approach towards globalisation; not all impact of globalisation is positive but that is no reason for passivity; it should rather re-double their efforts to make the most out of the opportunities which lie in the globalisation for Europe; the EU has every reason to feel confident about its future in the age of globalisation; it is showing how the values which govern the European society are fully compatible with a pro-active approach to globalisation
||José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on agreed approach on migration; saying that he was pleased that the Portuguese Presidency decided to devote particular attention to migration; if they manage the issue of migration well, everyone can benefit: Europe, the Member States, the countries of origin, and the migrants themselves, because, as the President of the Council reminded, this is also a social issue; the European Council backed the integrated approach proposed by the Commission early December to back up the proposals they already have on the table, such as illegal migration, undeclared work and blue card for highly skilled workers; they will come forward with new proposals in 2008
||José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Council also looked into immediate challenges; the stability of Kosovo is heavily depended on a united European Union; and the solution for Serbia and for Kosovo lies in Europe; they know that and the EU knows that; they must carry this through into a determined and united European action; this is a test for Europe, one they can not afford to fail; the European Commission encourages the Member States to keep a united and coherent approach regarding the Kosovo issue
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