Exchange of views on European Neighbourhood Policy, with the participation of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EP Committee on Foreign Affairs
End production: 05/11/2008 First transmission: 05/11/2008
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, exchanged views with the Members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament, on the relations with Russia, ways to improve the European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership.
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|| Exterior view of the European Parliament in Brussels
|| Arrival of Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy (3 shots)
|| Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that the Russian and the EU economies are totally interdependent; the EU should not underestimate the strength this gives us; certainly we buy a good deal of Russian energy but for Russia, the EU is the market for their exports; and this is a very major source of revenues that has fuelled Russian growth
|| Vytautas Landsbergis, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH) saying that recently, the EU recognized at all levels that relations with Russia were severely damaged and could not be continued as usually before Russia implemented what was agreed about coming back to the military situation before the war
|| Pasqualina Napoletano, Member of the EP, (in ITALIAN) saying that they have talked about Marseille; they saw the results; in practice there is a Union between the Partnership and the Mediterranean Union; the institutions are already fixed too; the Co-Presidency, the administration, the euro-Mediterranean parliamentary assembly and the high-level civil-servants; they do not understand the role of the European Commission; asking if in general the duties of the European Commission have been strongly reduced
|| Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission will be involved, but indeed the Union for the Mediterranean now has a secretariat where the Member States have a very strong role to play, Member States not only of the EU but also the Member States of this Union of the Mediterranean; so, indeed, the influence of the Commission there is clearly reduced
|| Cutaways (8 shots)