European Summit of Regions and Cities, 05-06/03/2009, Prague: extracts from the official speeches by Luc van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions, and José Manuel Barroso

Type: Speech - summary   Reference: I-060793   Duration: 11:06:33  Lieu:
End production: 06/03/2009   First transmission: 06/03/2009
Invited to the European Summit of Regions and Cities in Prague, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, welcomed this opportunity to celebrate the essential role of regions for Europe's people, particularly in this unprecedented situation. "The Commission", he said," has proposed to support the Member States and the regions in their recovery efforts by accelerating investments in cohesion policy programmes. In our recovery plan, cohesion policy is providing considerable support for public investment by Member States and their regions, with more than 347 billion euros for 2007-2013. In this perspective, he urged the representatives of regional and local authorities committed here in Prague, to focus on "high-return" measures, such as investing in energy efficiency and investing in industries for the future."

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11:02:32 Title 00:00:04
11:02:37 Cutaway of Prague 00:00:10
11:02:47 Arrival of Luc Van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions 00:00:13
11:03:00 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. 00:00:27
11:03:27 General view of the Conference Room and Guests. (2 Shots) 00:00:08
11:03:35 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. 00:00:17
11:03:52 Cutaway 00:00:04
11:03:56 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. 00:00:20
11:04:16 Cutaway 00:00:04
11:04:20 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. 00:00:17
11:04:37 Cutaways 00:00:03
11:04:40 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. 00:00:33
11:05:13 Cutaway 00:00:05
11:05:18 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. 00:00:23
11:05:41 Cutaway - Barroso arriving at the Press Conference 00:00:17
11:05:58 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. 00:00:35
11:06:33 Cutaway 00:00:09
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