Statements of the EC and the Council on the preparation for the European Council (25-26 March 2010), plenary session of the EP
End production: 24/03/2010 First transmission: 24/03/2010
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Diego Lopez Garrido, Spanish Secretary of State for European Affairs and President in office of the Council, made statements on the European Council to be held in Brussels on 25 and 26 March 2010. The statements were followed by a debate with the Members of the European Parliament in plenary session on 24 March 2010 in Brussels.
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||Exterior view of the European Parliament building in Brussels
||Cutaway of Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC
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||Soundbite by Diego Lopez Garrido, Spanish Secretary of State for European Affairs and President in office of the Council, (in SPANISH) saying that these are the strategic objectives that the European Commission stated in its document, such as the issues of employment, investment in research and development, climate change and energy, leaving school early, education in general and poverty; in addition, the European Council will also tackle the issue of governance, which we consider one of the inadequacies of the so-called Lisbon Strategy.
||Soundbite by Diego Lopez Garrido (in SPANISH) saying that it is also possible – depending on what happens right now, while the European institutions as a whole are sorting out how to cope with the crisis relating to the so-called Greek case – that they will deal with the issue of the financial situation in Greece and the refinancing of the country's public debt; that issue will also arise there, no doubt, because it forms part of a political commitment adopted by the European Union on 11 February at Heads of State or Government level; this was a political commitment to support the financial stability of the euro area, in the sense that if it is necessary to adopt specific measures to maintain that financial stability, such measures will be adopted. (6 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): Europe must not make the mistake of neglecting the imperative of working now to bring about long-term change; that is why the European Council will deal with two of our most obvious long-term challenges: our economic future, and climate change.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): a recognition by our Member States that change is needed, and I will try to convey to the European Council this sense of urgency for the economic situation of Europe now and for the need of reforms for a more sustainable, more inclusive economy and society in Europe; what is really important is the measures which each Member State will take to boost its growth rate and address the shortcomings we all know are there; we need national measures to address national problems defined according to national circumstances and in full respect of subsidiarity, but set within a common European framework.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): so we should make a serious effort to advance at Cancún – building on the very real substance of the Copenhagen Accord; we should keep Kyoto on the agenda, but make clear that it can only be assessed in the light of a global agreement and not before; we should step up outreach activities and build trust, most obviously with developing countries – which is why respecting our pledges on fast-start finance is so important. (3 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): the Commission believes it is now appropriate to create, within the euro area, an instrument for coordinated action which could be used to provide assistance to Greece in case of need; it should be clear that the creation of such a mechanism will not imply its automatic activation; creating such a mechanism is also a question of responsibility and solidarity; solidarity is a two-way street; Greece is making an economic effort at this point and by supporting this effort, we not only help Greece, but the stability of the eurozone as a whole. (4 shots)
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