Extracts from the joint press briefing by Neelie Kroes and a delegation of Polish shipyards workers
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 16/09/2008 First transmission: 16/09/2008
In Brussels, Neelie Kroes, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, assured a delegation from the Polish trade union Solidarity that the European Commission will do everything it can to bring the long-drawn-out row over the fate of three Polish shipyards to a swift end.
The Commissioner told the members of the delegation and journalists that they are aware of the urgency and that uncertainty is taking too long in this case in Poland. People deserve anyhow a quick decision on what is going to happen.
Neelie Kroes will visit the shipyards herself at an unspecified future date but she refused to give any indication on whether or not the European Commission would approve the rescue plan for the shipyards of Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin put forward by the Polish government.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Commission building.
||Delegation of Polish shipyards workers.
||Arrival of Neelie Kroes, Member of the EC in charge of Competition, at the joint press briefing and handshake with the delegation (2 shots).
||Neelie Kroes saying (in ENGLISH) that they have now again a proposal, more proposals, from the Polish government. They got it on Friday. Her people are doing their utmost to be as quick as possible in their study of this report and she promises them that they will as soon as possible take their decision. Taken into account that for them it is about viability, it is about sustainability, we and our colleagues do not buy anything when it is against something that is not viable and sustainable.
||Solidarity's representative saying (in POLISH) that as a representative of Solidarity now he asks Commissioner for a very objective assessment of the programme and hopes that since 25th of June, she has appreciated the many changes in Poland, especially in terms of preparing the repair scheme.
||Solidarity's representative saying (in POLISH) that from this position, he appeals to the Commissioner for this objective assessment, especially as Solidarity has contributed to many positive changes in Poland.
||Neelie Kroes saying (in ENGLISH) that it is quite a thick report that they received last Friday; that was the closing day so to say. It is too early to give any indication what is going on. Her people are aware of the urgency. Her people and herself are aware that uncertainty is taking too long in this case in Poland. People deserve anyhow a quick decision on what is going to happen. When she will visit, let's find out. But she thinks that those representatives of the shipyard people deserve it that next time she will come over. So let's find out when it is the best moment.
||Neelie Kroes saying (in ENGLISH) that for her now it is the crucial moment in which they have to make up their mind if the new presented plan is fitting into their rules and regulations.