"Congress of Europe 1948 - 2008: Building the Europe of the Future Together": statements by José Manuel Barroso and Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP
End production: 24/05/2008 First transmission: 24/05/2008
Sixty years ago, the model for the European Union as we know it now was conceived at the Congress of Europe in The Hague. Sixty years later and Europe finds itself confronted by different challenges and needs new ideas to define its future. The European Movement took up this challenge again and propose ideas suited to a 21st century Europe. This unique event brought together the heads of the EU Institutions and 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 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 24 May 2008.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at the square where the event "Europe under Construction" is taking place, and receiving a plate celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Congress of Europe (3 shots)
||Exterior view of the Representation of the EC in The Hague
||José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that when you think of how the situation was in Europe in 1948 and how the situation is now, we can only be proud of what Europe has achieved; Europe was divided, now we are united; we have now 27 free countries united around the values of freedom, peace and solidarity; this is a great achievement
||José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that he hopes that Europe will define a common energy policy and climate change global response; only with the European leadership will they achieve a global response to climate change, it is one of the most important challenges for the world; he also believes concretely that they should now build a common migration and integration policy for Europe; these are the immediate starts from a concrete point of view
||Arrival of Hans-Gert Pöttering at the square where the event "Europe under Construction" is taking place, and receiving a plate celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Congress of Europe (3 shots)
||Hans-Gert Pöttering (in ENGLISH) saying that Europe has made enormous progress during these last 60 years; Europe has now a European currency, no borders, a strong European Parliament which is directly elected, a European Commission, a Council of Ministers which decides by majority voting; the Reform Treaty which will hopefully be ratified in 2009, a real democratic EU; we are living together in peace, freedom; this is an enormous progress for Europe
||Hans-Gert Pöttering (in ENGLISH) saying that he hopes for the near future that they will strengthen the Union internally, make the institutions function, that the EP will use its new powers and have a good cooperation with the Commission, that they will defend the identity of the European nations; they should use the European diversity, which is a richness for the European continent, to build European unity in those questions where we heve to cooperate
||Cutaways (2 shots)