Meeting of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) leaders ahead of the European Council of the 25-26 March 2010
End production: 25/03/2010 First transmission: 25/03/2010
On 25 March 2010, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda, and Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport, took part in meeting of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) leaders ahead of the European Council of the 25-26 March 2010. Matti Vanhanen, Finnish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen, Irish Prime Minister, and Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister, were also among participants. Topics on the agenda included EU2020 Strategy for growth and employment; the competences of the External Action Service (EEAS) and an exchange of views on the current financial situation.
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||Arrival of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Transport
||Arrival of Matti Vanhanen, Finnish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Agenda
||Arrival of Brian Cowen, Irish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Guy Verhofstadt, Member of the EP
||Family photo (from left to right): 1st row: Guy Verhofstadt, Matti Vanhanen, Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck, Member of the EP, Neelie Kroes, Brian Cowen.
2nd row: Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister, Siim Kallas
||Soundbite by Guy Verhofstadt (in ENGLISH): we have to find as fast as possible a solution for Greece because this – I should says – contradictory statements the last days and the last weeks have created huge pressure on the euro and that a very bad thing; what Greece needs is not money from the tax payers, they have to take their own decision; what Greece needs is assistance and a European solution that they pay less interest on their government bounds; and I hope the European Council can take a decision in that direction on the ECB annual report and the annual statement on euro area.
I don’t’ think it is the best solution, but in this case of Greece I’m already very satisfied if there is a solution, because the beadiest think that can happen now is the confusion that exists continues and that it is weakening the current currency (2 shots)
||General views of the meeting (4 shots)