G20 Summit: group photo and statement by José Manuel Barroso
End production: 26/09/2009
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, attended the plenary meeting of the G20 Summit on 25 September 2009 in Pittsburgh.
The second day of the G20 Summit provided for world leaders the opportunity to discuss strategies to deal with global problems. One problem that was largely avoided was any significant protests near the Summit site due to the massive security force that virtually shut down the city of Pittsburgh. The G20 leaders met in a plenary session to attempt to formulate a consensus to accommodate the various views they represent.
José Manuel Barroso said he was very pleased with Europe's contributions.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||View of Pittsburgh
||Street scenes of security measures (3 shots)
||G20 leaders gathering for a group photo
||Cutaway of press
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC
||Group photo and G20 leaders leaving
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on Europe's contribution to the G20 Summit: Europe has brought to this summit precisely our culture of trans-national governance, our instinctive leadership in terms of setting international rules and supra-national institutions; we are by instinct in Europe for a multi-lateral approach; so, I am very happy when I see the United States, Europe, China, Russia, India; when you think about it those countries that were so different, and are still in many areas so different, being able to agree on such an extensive set of principles regarding the market economy, it is amazing; that is what Europe brought; we were at the origin of this process, as you know, of the G20; and I am very happy that now we have decided to institutionalize it, to make it the main forum of international economic co-operation, because I believe in the merits of dialogue and engagement at this level to achieve concrete solutions; we also brought some proposals in terms of financial regulation and broadly they were accepted; some ideas, for instance, on limiting the excessive bonuses in the financial sector, that was accepted; and so, I am happy with the results, even if I have to be frank, I believe we have to do more in the near future regarding trade and regarding the deal for climate change negotiations in Copenhagen.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on climate change progress made at the G20 Summit: the progress there was, was an engagement of the leaders; just now, in the meeting, I made an appeal for this matter being resolved not only by Finance or Environment Ministers, with all respect for them, but for the governments to engage seriously; this is an informal conclusion, this is not in the communiqué, but I can tell you that it was decided that in two to three weeks time, at the most , there will be a review, at leaders level, by some kind of mechanism, of what we can really believe, accept as the framework for Copenhagen.
||General view of Pittsburgh