European Summit of Regions & Cities, Prague (speeches Barroso, Topolanek) : extracts from the official speeches by EC President José Manuel Barroso, Mirek Topolanek, Czech Prime Minister, and Luc van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions
Première transmission: 06/03/2009
Prague, Czech Republic
Fin de production: 06/03/2009
European Summit of Regions & Cities, Prague (speeches Barroso, Topolanek) : extracts from the official speeches by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Mirek Topolanek, Czech Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Luc van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Cutaway of Prague
||Arrival of Luc Van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Luc van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions: I am very honoured to launch the consultation of European Regions and Cities on a new Strategy for Sustainable Growth; this is indeed a remarkable moment when local and regional authorities can express directly their opinions to Brussels on a new Lisbon strategy after 2010.
||General view of the Conference Room and Guests. (2 Shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Luc van den Brande: A united approach is what we need; solidarity and cooperation winning the hearts of European citizens, you can only do this with Europe's Regions and Cities.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Luc van den Brande: We have to explain citizens what the situation is and why; Europe's economic future and stability is secured when strengthen its regions and cities; this is the message we will send to the European Spring Summit (20 March 2009) in Brussels.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC: A clear message was being sent out there to avoid any kind of protectionism - closing borders in terms of circulation of people, capital and goods within the EU.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by José Manuel Barroso: In some sectors or countries, there are many cases with the support of the European Union, we are keeping workers in their jobs, reducing their hours of work but investing more in training or completing their ordinary education; it's better to have those workers in their jobs than to let them go for unemployment.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Luc van den Brande: The current economic conditions merely confirm that unilateral measures are useless if we are to meet the real challenges of globalisation; Europe's Cities and Regions are the first to be hit by the economic and social impact of the current crisis.
||Cutaway - Barroso arriving at the Press Conference
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by José Manuel Barroso, at the press conference: We have decided to frontload, to advance spending that should be spread; the next years, we are trying to focus it on 2009 and 2010 so that we can reduce the impact of economic recession in a condition of lives in our regions, namely for the most vulnerable; in 2009 it will be 11 billion of euros of frontloading of the structural funds, including the regional funds and the social funds.