European Council, Brussels 15-16/10/2008: extracts from the statements by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and President in office of the Council of the EU, and EP political group leaders
End production: 21/10/2008 First transmission: 21/10/2008
EP political group leaders held a debate on 21 October 2008 with Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and President in office of the Council of the EU, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, on the outcome of the EU summit of 15-16 October in Brussels, where the European Union's leaders discussed the world financial situation, energy and climate issues, immigration and asylum, food and petrol prices and the next steps on the Lisbon Treaty.
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 Parliament in Strasbourg
|| Joseph Daul, Member of the EP, Chairman of the Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats, (in FRENCH) saying that the financial crisis is not behind but it is in crisis situations that they can adopt the rules for the future and that they must adopt rules for the future; he hears here and there people saying that this would be the end of capitalism, that this would be the fault of the free market; but in fact, the free market has shown it works but if it goes with rules and these rules did not exist or were not applied with enough firmness;
saying that what they should make sure is that entrepreneurs and especially SME's (Small and Middle sized enterprises) can finance their activities, source of growth and employment, at reasonable rates; his group will support any measure designed to guarantee the EU model which guarantees the European social markets and which exercises solidarity, especially in crises such as this;
|| Martin Schulz, Member of the EP, Chairman of the Socialist Group, (in GERMAN) saying that it was a major opportunity for Europe and in order to take an appropriate place in the international policy, the policy of the Bush administration, which involves the total deregulation of the world's market, total laissez-faire, irrespective of what measures have been involved, has proven itself to be utterly bankrupt; now in Europe we need a more social economic order, not just in Europe but in the world and that is the task that lies ahead of them; once again this is a task of historical dimension;
Asking what about the ordinary people and what about the tax payers in the EU who are burdened to clean up this disaster; what about the purchase impair; saying that they need to revise the internal market; Europe is entering a phase where there is a serious risk of recession; people need more purchasing power; they need to make sure that they can cover the risk of the small people in Europe, ordinary citizens; if they come out with plans, then they need to think about the ordinary citizens of Europe;
|| Sir Graham Watson, Member of the EP, Chairman of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, (in ENGLISH) saying that their job is to read the small print; asking why the Council conclusions refer only to cooperation between Council and Commission, and why in all the paragraphs on climate change there is no mention of the EP; saying that in paragraph 16 of this document the Council should have invited the EP, not just the Commission, to work with them, and recognize that Council and Parliament will decide and not the Council alone
|| Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Member of the EP, Co-president of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, (in FRENCH) saying that it is wrong to say that the crisis started in July, September or August; it began years ago; they should be self critical, at least a tiny bit; and also the Commission should be critical as they rejected all EU regulations on financial flows; it would be more credible to be a little more self-critical in the light of the past mistakes; saying that the present crisis is a tsunami we could not have forecast, is not true;
saying that any bank that puts money in a tax heaven, the tax heaven should declare the money to the country of origin in order to achieve transparency; that is how to start tackling companies using tax havens; that is an important decision that would help to progress;
|| Cristiana Muscardini, Member of the EP, Co-president of the Union for Europe of the Nations Group, (in ITALIAN) saying that a system that is based on capital today has to be linked to the social and the freedom aspects; banks have failed, banks are failing, whereas they could have done more, the European Central Bank could have done more to help them
|| Francis Wurtz, Member of the EP, Chairman of the Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left, (in FRENCH) saying that there is one indicator which is clear: only 2% of monetary transaction concern production and services, 98% has to do with finance; they must attack the roots of the evil; the profit is totally incompatible with the capacities available and with rurally sustainable development
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