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 José Manuel Barroso in front of the EP

Type: Report   Reference: I-059247   Duration: 10:28:06  Lieu:
End production: 21/10/2008   First transmission: 21/10/2008
Members of the EP 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.

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10:23:13 Title 00:00:04
10:23:18 Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg 00:00:06
10:23:24 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and President in office of the Council of the EU, welcomed by Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP 00:00:10
10:23:34 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy in the Hemicycle 00:00:07
10:23:41 Hans-Gert Pöttering (in FRENCH) on the financial crisis; saying that it is very often in times of crisis that the EU has shown its true strength; thanks to Nicolas Sarkozy and thanks to José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, action taken by Europe has been joint action (4 shots) 00:00:20
10:24:01 Nicolas Sarkozy (in FRENCH) on the European Union; saying that division between the European institutions will undermine Europe; on the war in Georgia and the need of dialogue to solve the crisis; saying that Europe should no longer be an accomplice of another cold war just because they cannot keep a cold head; on Russia; saying that it would be irresponsible to create the conditions for a conflict that is not needed; on the financial crisis and the British, German, French and Italian agreement; saying that they have come to an agreement for Europe and not against Europe; on the financial crisis; saying that that is why he suggested an international group to look into the basis of a new 'Bretton Woods'; on EU institutions; saying that he would like Europe to have a say in Global Governance in the 21st century; they should not be surprised if it doesn't work, as the institutions are from the 20th century; on the climate package; saying that it is a structural and historic policy; it would be dramatic and irresponsible if they turned their back on this policy using the pretext of the financial crisis; on EU economic governance; saying that it is not possible for the Eurozone to continue without clearly identifying economic governance; the bank has to be able to discuss with an economic government; (15 shots) 00:03:15
10:27:16 José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that they have to work, first, on immediate action to get off the financial crisis; second, they are considering how to reform the international financial system; third, they are considering how to strengthen real economy in order to minimize the consequences of the financial crisis and to set up the conditions to relaunching the economy and increasing employment and manufacturing 00:00:26
10:27:42 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on the financial crisis; saying that there is no national road out of this crisis; the European economies are too intertwined; the EU Member States will swim or sink together; they must not give in to the silent calls for protection; they must not turn their backs on globalisation or put the single market at risk; this will remain the motor of growth in the EU (2 shots) 00:00:24
10:28:06 Cutaways (4 shots) 00:00:11
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