Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly: opening by Abdel Hadi Al-Majali and statements by Joaquín Almunia and Philippe de Fontaine Vive Curtaz
End production: 16/03/2009 First transmission: 16/03/2009
The Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA) met on 16 March 2009 at the European Parliament in Brussels. Abdel-Hadi Al-Majali, Speaker of the Jordanian House of Representatives and President of the EMPA, Joaquín Almunia, Member of the EC in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs, and Philippe de Fontaine Vive Curtaz, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), made statements.
The Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly, established in Naples on 3 December 2003 by decision of the Ministerial Conference of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, is the most recent institution of the Barcelona Process.
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|| Exterior views of the European Parliament in Brussels
|| Soundbite by Abdel Hadi Al-Majali, Speaker of the Jordanian House of Representatives and President of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliamentary Assembly (EMPA), (in ENGLISH): once again, EMPA proved that dialogue is possible and indeed necessary; it is the only way to achieve progress and mutual understanding, even in the most difficult circumstances; therefore, it was decided that our plenary meeting would concentrate its efforts on debating the situation in the Middle-East, as well as analyzing the impact of the international financial crisis in our region. (2 shots)
|| Soundbite by Joaquín Almunia, Member of the EC in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs, (in ENGLISH): this is an excellent platform to strengthen the partnership with our neighbours on the other side of our common sea, the Mediterranean; this parliamentarian assembly of Euromed is the political branch of our partnership and we are fully aware of the difficulties that we are facing at the political level with some extremely difficult challenges for us on how to contribute to a peaceful solution to the conflict in the area and in particular of the Middle-East conflict;
without adequate financing, even this immense stimulus from the monetary side and from the fiscal side will not function properly because without financing the economy is not working, regardless which are the policies decided to support demand;
we are committed to improve our coordination within our borders; we are committed to improve our coordination and our action with our partners as it is the case today with all of you who belong to the non European part of the Union for the Mediterranean and we are committed to support all the efforts oriented towards a better functioning a more efficient action of the international financial institutions.
|| Soundbite by Philippe de Fontaine Vive Curtaz, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), (in FRENCH): we are currently confronted to one of the most serious international financial crisis in modern history; its consequences on the economic activities in developed countries are profound and will doubtless be sustained; the impact of this crisis on Mediterranean partner countries is not yet so visible; the effects are going to be less direct for these partner countries but they will maybe last longer and be more serious if we do not do everything to contain them;
I think that in Brussels - and I am speaking under control of Joaquín Almunia - we would announce 3.4 average growth rate and this would be considered as a very good result and that everybody would appreciate; this figure, like all forecast, is far from being definitive, but this means that there is a stake in 2009 to sustain the investment rhythm especially for a region which desperately needs to create jobs to stabilize employment rates.
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