Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment: extracts from the common press conference by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister, José Manuel Barroso, John Monks, Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and Jürgen Thumann, President of BusinessEurope

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-065312   Duration: 10:02:53  Lieu:
End production: 25/03/2010   First transmission: 25/03/2010
José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, John Monks, Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and Jürgen Thumann, President of BusinessEurope, gave a press conference after they met for the Tripartite Social Summit for Growth and Employment on 25/03/2010 in Brussels, with social partners from European business organisations and trade unions. The Tripartite Social Summit focused on the Europe 2020 Strategy and on Europe's exit of the current economic and financial crisis. The Summit demonstrated the broad consensus on the need to combine an exit strategy with a structural reform agenda.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Arrival of the attendees to the press room 00:00:06
10:00:11 SOUNDBITE (in SPANISH) by José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister, saying that coming out of the crisis, economic growth, increasing the basis of European economy, they want more jobs, they want to keep the European social model. All of these things need social agreement and competitiveness. Both sides of the industry and the employers, and the trade unions have made it very clear that it is essential to keep a strong euro. They need a confidence in the single European currency. They have asked them to come up with a European solution to problems, that a country like Greece which is part of the eurozone may be facing. 00:00:12
10:00:23 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:00:29 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC: For the Commission, creating jobs remains a number one priority. We cannot and must not let unemployment turn to long term unemployment and social exclusion. We must also pay particular attention to facilitate the entry of young people to the labour market. We are committed, to more and better jobs and to a flexicurity approach to help this transition. 00:01:24
10:01:53 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:02:00 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by John Monks, Secretary General of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC): I think we all agreed on the need for coordinated approach in relation to Greece. And certainly from the ETUC point of view, an approach where a whole burden does not fall upon the Greek workers, which is always some risk that that could be the case. We are looking for a fair solution, a European solution, and one in which European solidarity plays a leading part. 00:00:26
10:02:26 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:02:32 SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Jürgen Thumann, President of BusinessEurope: We have two major challenges ahead of us. First, we have to double at least the growth weight, from 1% to a minimum of 2% until 2014. And secondly, we have to wrestore fiscal sustainability. 00:00:21
10:02:53 Cutaway 00:00:06
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