Launch of the French EU Presidency: joint meeting of the French Government and the EC College, arrivals, group photo and extracts from the statements by François Fillon and José Manuel Barroso

Type: Report   Reference: I-058104   Duration: 10:34:36  Lieu:
End production: 01/07/2008   First transmission: 01/07/2008
On 1 July, the first day of the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, François Fillon, French Prime Minister, and the Members of the French Government, met with the Members of the European Commission for a working session. A working lunch hosted by the French Prime Minister facilitated a discussion between the Members of the French Governement and the European Commission, who was then divided into working groups to review the agenda for the next six months. Topical issues and the priorities of the work programme of the French Presidency were the focus of this joint work session. Afterwards, the Ministers and Commissioners met at the Arc de Triomphe for a short ceremony. After a private meeting with José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Nicolas Sarkozy hosted a dinner party in honour of the European Commission at the Elysée Palace, with the Members of the French Government also in attendance.

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10:29:39 Title 00:00:04
10:29:44 View of Paris 00:00:06
10:29:50 Exterior view of Hôtel de Matignon (2 shots) 00:00:07
10:29:57 Cutaway 00:00:10
10:30:07 Arrival of Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy 00:00:15
10:30:22 Arrival of Michèle Alliot-Marie, French Minister for the Interior, Overseas France and Territorial Communities 00:00:04
10:30:26 Arrival of Jean-Pierre Jouyet, French Minister of State to the Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, with responsibility for European Affairs 00:00:05
10:30:31 Arrival of Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs 00:00:11
10:30:42 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, welcomed by François Fillon, French Prime Minister - handshake 00:00:26
10:31:08 Arrival of the Members of the EC (3 shots) 00:00:18
10:31:26 Group photo (5 shots) 00:00:22
10:31:48 François Fillon (in FRENCH) saying that the French government enters the European Union Council Presidency with great humility and seriousness 00:00:22
10:32:10 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:32:14 François Fillon (in FRENCH) saying that they also enter this Presidency with seriousness because the situation is difficult and challenges are piling up; the progress of the Treaty of Lisbon is blocked by the Irish 'no'; the international economic situation deteriorates and the financial crisis has not showed all his largeness; there is strong pressure on the food market; soaring energy prices continues; climate change worries; the challenge of migration is more present than ever; and finally, the need for security is strong in Europe; these challenges are obvious to the French Presidency and the European Commission and must find an answer 00:00:47
10:33:01 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:33:05 José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that France has numerous advantages to achieve a great Presidency; their bilateral discussions over the past year have led to a convergence of views on European priorities; he appreciates and shares the level of ambition and the French determination in favour of a European energy policy and the fight against climate change 00:00:27
10:33:32 Cutaway of François Fillon 00:00:06
10:33:38 José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that in a Europe where the citizens benefit from free mouvement, it is ridiculous to have 27 migration policies; we need a European policy on migration 00:00:15
10:33:53 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:33:58 José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that they all agree that with the Irish 'no' vote, the Europe of results, the Europe that is close to the citizens, is even more necessary 00:00:31
10:34:29 Handshake between José Manuel Barroso and François Fillon 00:00:07
10:34:36 General view of the meeting between José Manuel Barroso and François Fillon (2 shots) 00:00:08
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