Visit of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 24/03/2010 First transmission: 24/03/2010
On 24/03/2010, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister, were expected to talk about the timetable for the adoption of Euro in Estonia. Europe 2020 and the establishment of the "IT Agency" - Estonia expressed its interest in hosting it - were also in the agenda of the meeting. In the margins of the press briefing, José Barroso also expressed the position of the European Commission about an action towards Greece to guarantee the Eurozone stability in view of the European Summit which took place on 25/03/2010.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Jose Barroso, President of the EC and Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Andrus Ansip: In Estonia our main target is today to join the Eurozone from the 1st of January 2011. According to my understanding we reached all those Maastricht criteria levels in Estonia already. It wasn't easy for Estonia but it was very important to join the strong Eurozone.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Barroso: Every country is assessed on the basis of its own performance so the assessment that the Commission will make regarding the Estonian performance is of course based on the Estonian records and not on the problems that may happen in other countries currently already in the Eurozone. Recent developments in other Member States and in Eurozone Members do not create any bias in the convergence assessment for Estonia.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Barroso: Concerning the seat of the Agency, the European Commission has to remain neutral, but certainly Estonia has a very good case because of the reputation of Estonia precisely on the IT sector, its commitment and also some concrete offers that Estonia is making to guarantee the seats of this agency in its territory.
But that's not a decision for the Commission to take: it's a decision for the Member States.
||SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) by José Manuel Barroso saying that the decision taken by Heads of State and Government in the Informal Council on the 11th of February has to be followed. In that occasion they established to take some decisions and to act, if necessary, to guarantee the stability of the Eurozone.
The European Commission thinks this has to be that: the financial stability of the Eurozone has to be guaranteed and the best way to do that is to adopt a mechanism in the framework of the Eurozone. That's what has been discussed among Eurozone members, and I hope of course that this question can be solved with responsibility and solidarity.
||José Barroso and Andrus Ansip shaking hands and leaving