European Council:all arrivals

Type: News   Reference: 69310   Duration: 00:14:00  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
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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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor 00:00:20
00:00:25 Jean-Claude Trichet, ECB President 00:00:28
00:00:53 Nicolas Sarkozy, French President 00:00:23
00:01:16 Arrival and SOUNDBITE (English) Matti Vanhanen, Finnish Prime Minister: the problem with Greece is the huge deficit. Only Greece can make the decision to cut the deficit. We can in the short term help somehow and we will discuss about it. 00:00:42
00:01:58 Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council 00:00:29
00:02:27 Arrival of and SOUNDBITE (English) Frederik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister: today there will be a discussion, which is very much like that Sweden has done for Latvia where we made bilateral loan facilities for Latvia, alongside with an IMF programme. It worked very well I think, Latvia is fighting to come throught its problems and that is what I think we should discuss for Greece; an IMF program in support by part of the European Union inside the Eurozone group. 00:00:54
00:03:21 Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister 00:00:21
00:03:42 Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister 00:00:19
00:04:01 Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus 00:00:24
00:04:25 Arrival and SOUNDBITE (English) Dalia Grybauskaité, Lithuanian President: without the IMF I am sure there will be no way out, because only IMF strong strict policy rules can be helpful, in today's situation, the rules of the European Union without change of the agreement can only based on IMF plus bilateral laws, that is all. 00:00:44
00:05:09 Arrival and SOUNDBITE (English) 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. 00:01:28
00:06:37 Jan Kohout, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:20
00:06:57 Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative and EC Vice President 00:00:22
00:07:19 Jean-Claude Juncker, Eurogroup president, Luxembourgian Prime Minister 00:00:25
00:07:44 Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor 00:00:19
00:08:03 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister 00:00:23
00:08:26 Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister 00:00:14
00:08:40 Borut Pahor, Slovenian Prime Minister 00:00:36
00:09:16 Gordon Bajnai, Hungarian Prime Minister 00:00:16
00:09:32 Brian Cowen, Irish Prime Minister 00:00:27
00:09:59 Jerzy Buzek, EP President 00:00:26
00:10:25 Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister 00:00:23
00:10:48 Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister 00:00:24
00:11:12 Traian Basescu, Romanian President 00:00:15
00:11:27 Arrival of and SOUNDBITE (English) Jan Peter Balkenende, Dutch Prime Minister: We had a European Council meeting on the 11th of February. I think I was the only one who spoke about the role of IMF. Since then, things have changed, I am happy of that. What I stand now is that more and more countries are talking about a combination of the role of IMF and European countries. I would hope that they will go in that direction. 00:00:33
00:12:00 Robert Fico, Slovakian Prime Minister 00:00:12
00:12:12 Lars Loekke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister 00:00:11
00:12:23 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Barroso, EC President: 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. I think there is a working progress. 00:00:38
00:13:01 Yves Leterme, Belgian Prime Minister 00:00:13
00:13:14 Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister 00:00:09
00:13:23 José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister 00:00:19
00:13:42 Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister 00:00:18
00:14:00 END 00:00:00
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