European Council: extracts from the arrivals
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 25/03/2010 First transmission: 25/03/2010
The European Heads of State and Government gathered in Brussels for a two-day meeting mainly devoted to economy and climate change, against the bakdrop of euro rising versus dollar and Greek economic crisis.
EU Leaders will discuss the European Commission's 2020 strategy for jobs and growth and later over dinner exchange views on the main issues on the agenda of the forthcoming G20 Summit in Toronto.
Ahead of the meeting, official sources were saying that France and Germany struck a deal to help Greece. An agreement could be announced tonight after markets close. It would offer some 22 billion euros for Greece, combining individual loans from the IMF and eurozone nations.
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||Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor
||Arrival of Jean-Claude Trichet, ECB President
||Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, French President
||Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council
||Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (English) on Greece: Greece must solve its own problems. We have a lot of problematic situations for many European countries. A lot of them have already done quite a lot heavy programmes. I think that today there will be a discussion which is very much alike what Sweden has done for Latvia where we made up bilateral loan facility for Latvia alongside with a IMF programme. It worked very well, I think. Latvia is now fighting to come through its problems and that is what I think we should discuss for Greece.
||Arrival of Gordon Brown, UK Prime Minister
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Georgios Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister: Greece has taken very important measures. We are determined to put our own house in order. Whatever the decision today in the European Union, Greece is on the right track. We will continue to do our work and make sure that our economy is a viable one, a just one, a transparent one, a prosperous one. (Cutaway) Now obviously today the challenge is an important one, to strengthen and fortify the eurozone, to take the necessary steps so that we do stabilize the euro and move forward to a more prosperous year.
||Arrival of Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative / EC Vice-President
||Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg Prime Minister and President of the Eurogroup
||Arrival of José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Jerzy Buzek, EP President
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, EC President - SOUNDBITE (English) on Greece: I hope there will be a solution because there has to be a solution. It is very important for the European economic and monetary union. The Commission has been working very actively with the Member States of the eurozone. Work is still going on and I see that there is working progress.
||Arrival of Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister