European Ideas Network: with the participation of José Manuel Barroso

Type: Report   Reference: I-058940   Duration: 11:28:19  Lieu:
End production: 18/09/2008   First transmission: 18/09/2008
The European Ideas Network is an open pan-European think-tank process designed to promote new thinking on the key challenges facing the countries of the European Union. Sponsored by the EPP-ED Group, the largest political group in the European Parliament, the network was launched in the summer of 2002 and has rapidly emerged as an important meeting-point and intellectual cross-roads for the centre-right in European politics. With an active membership of around 600 policy-makers and opinion-shapers across the European Union, the EIN brings together politicians, businessmen, academics, policy advisers, think tankers, journalists and representatives of civil society who share a common outlook Europe-wide, as well as outside non-party experts and commentators interested in the public policy issues being addressed. The network offers a unique forum in which to develop innovative ideas about the policy challenges facing Europe in the years ahead and to evolve practical solutions to help to address them. The EIN operates through twelve working groups on broad policy questions and a large annual conference - a 'summer university' - held in a major European city each September. The network also serves as a framework for national think tanks and political foundations of the centre-right to work together at European level. Currently over 40 such organisations are associated with the EIN in this way. The European Ideas Network Summer University 2008 was organised in Fiuggi, Italy, from 18 to 20 September, on the theme "The World in 2025: the Place for Values in an Uncertain World". José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, took part in the event.

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11:25:05 Title 00:00:04
11:25:10 Exterior view of Grand Hotel Palazzo Della Fonte, in Fiuggi, Italy (2 shots) 00:00:12
11:25:22 General view of the conference room 00:00:04
11:25:26 José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that the coming months are likely to be difficult; the situation needs to be watched closely; economic activity will slow significantly, in some Member States more than others; and there is no immediate prospect of an end to the financial turmoil; Europe is also facing political uncertainty; the "no" vote in Ireland raised doubts about the institutional configuration of the EU, pessimism 00:00:50
11:26:16 Cutaway 00:00:04
11:26:20 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that it is up to the EU to turn this into an opportunity to join forces to tackle these challenges and help steer Europe back to calmer waters 00:00:17
11:26:37 Cutaway 00:00:03
11:26:40 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on the climate change package; saying that this is a very important package, not only for environmental reasons, but also for economic reasons because it makes sense to have one internal market for energy instead of 27, and also for geopolitical and security reasons to avoid Europe being dependent of external sources of energy 00:00:30
11:27:10 Cutaway 00:00:03
11:27:13 Hans-Gert Pöttering (in ENGLISH) saying that one of the lessons concerning the Georgian crisis is that the EU needs diversification in the field of energy supply 00:00:12
11:27:25 Cutaway 00:00:03
11:27:28 Hans-Gert Pöttering (in ENGLISH) saying that he is deeply convinced that the European Union today is one of the best parts of the world, if not the best; it depends on them, on their leadership, that this continent has a good future and that they give their contribution to solve the challenges of the 21st century 00:00:18
11:27:46 Cutaway 00:00:03
11:27:49 François Fillon, French Prime Minister, (in FRENCH) on the financial crisis and the Georgia/Russia crisis; saying that these two crises are examples because they show that when such drastic things happen, only a strong intervention of a united Europe can face it; they reveal that besides the institutional debate, the only real question for Europe is the one about the will to act; Europe is needed; Europe is indispensable 00:00:30
11:28:19 Cutaways (3 shots) 00:00:14
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