"Congress of Europe 1948 - 2008, building the Europe of the Future Together": extracts from the joint press conference by José Manuel Barroso and Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 24/05/2008 First transmission: 24/05/2008
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, gave a joint press conference in The Hague on how building Europe of the future.
60 years ago, the model for the European Union as we know it today was conceived at the Congress of Europe in The Hague. 60 years later, Europe finds itself confronted by different challenges and needs new ideas to define its future. The European Movement will take up this challenge again and propose ideas suited to a 21st century Europe.
This unique event brought together the heads of the EU Institutions, European Political Parties, and representatives of European Civil Society, allowing them to directly address these key EU politicians with their concerns and recommendations about Europe’s future.
Europe’s civil society has proposed ideas through a dedicated online discussion platform and the most popular 60 of these were discussed through three themes (Political, Economic & Social and Education & Culture), and debated with Europe’s political leaders in two TV debates on the 24th of May.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior of the New Church, The Hague (2 shots)
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, saying (in English) that goals set up by the founding fathers remain valid, the principles are just that now they are on the 21st Century and they have to make them compatible to this globalized world; that today there are some challenges that did not exist (or at least the perception of them) did not exist 60 years ago; that climate change was not a topic in the agenda and Energy security is much more important now.
||José Manuel Barroso saying (in English) that Europe is important more than ever for the world, but if they want to be relevant, to count, they need more coherence, political coherence.
||Hans-Geert Pöttering, President of the EP, saying (in English) that Europe is a common ambition, like local politics is as well, and national and regional politics; that the second point is that they have to ask the media the great importance of the European policy now: the EC, the Council and the EP.