EP Question time to José Manuel Barroso, plenary session of the EP
End production: 24/11/2009 First transmission: 24/11/2009
On 24 November 2009, it was the EP Question time to José Manuel Barroso, in the plenary session of the EP, in Strasbourg. That was 30 minutes free questions, and 30 minutes on the follow-up to the European Council of 19 November 2009
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Strasbourg
||General view of the meeting
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in FRENCH), saying that the next Commission will have 9 women; one more than in the present Commission; a week ago we only had three women, and many among them have helped him asking Member States for women candidates; here is a concrete case for him to prove that he wishes for a college of Commissioners that he could present to this Parliament and get their support
He also made it public that he sent a letter to Member States calling for help in this matter of gender equality; ideally we should have an even more balanced Commission; in any case he is satisfied with this present situation; he wishes to thank all of those here who helped him in this task (11 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, (in ENGLISH): I am extremely proud and happy that Catherine Ashton has been designated as High Representative; It is an appointment that I supported very much and approved during European Council; we all know her well as someone who has both the political skills and the sense of directions to take on the demanding tasks of High Representative, Vice-President of the Commission; we all know that this is an innovation; it will take time for us to learn about the new arrangements to deliver the nest results on terms of the EU increased role in the world; what it is clear is that we will only achieve this with real partnership between European Institutions, that is what this double head is designed to provide and what I am determined that the Commission will offer to have the best possible role in the world; of course I am extremely happy that she is coming from Britain; I think that it is essential that Britain remains at the centre of the European Union and the fact that it is also a woman as I was committed to gender equality (5 shots)
Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, on rumour to create a European tax , (in ENGLISH) :first of all I don't see what is the relation between taxes and Herman van Rompuy; because it is not to the Council to propose taxes, that is a competence of the Commission, and my answer is the following; first of all I always give honest answer, you don't need to ask me to give honest answer; secondly I intend to look at all issues of taxation in the European Union ,we have to look at this, we have to look at our own resources; we have promised it to the Parliament, the programme on which I was elected was to look at the possible own resources and this is in the programme that was adopted by this Parliament (5 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, on gas supply from Russia and Ukraine (in FRENCH) saying that he worked a lot with President Yuchshenko, and Prime Minister Timoshenko, and Russian authorities and international authorities to support Ukraine; what can we do more? In the short term the Early Warning System that we have agreed on should help us identify problems in time; the summit with Russia took place in an excellent atmosphere with President Medvedev.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, on the composition of the Commission and competence between the Members of the EC, (in FRENCH) saying that one portfolio will be dedicated to Justice and Fundamental Rights and the other to Internal affairs; this is split in many European Members States, a Minister for Justice and one for Home Affairs and he would discuss the exact demarcation with the Commissioners responsible, he wishes the Commissioner for Justice and Fundamental Rights to give particular attention to getting rid of the obstacles faced by European citizens in asserting their rights.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, on the independence of the President of the Commission in making up the new Commission (in FRENCH) saying that all of us are subject to pressure and requests but at the end of the day he has the final responsibility on deciding what the make up of the Commission will be and he is confident that we can count on support for our Commission from this House.
||Cutaways (3 shots)
||General view of the meeting