European Council: extracts from the press conference by Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council, José Manuel BARROSO, EC President and José Luis RODRIGUEZ ZAPATERO, Spanish Prime Minister
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 26/03/2010 First transmission: 26/03/2010
Let me highlight the main idea which is in the conclusions. The idea to support the strategy is coordination. That is the watch word, a coordinated economic and making sure that it is coordinated by the 27 Member States. That is something which is absolutely essential.
Ending their two-day talks on the Greek crisis and the European economy, the EU Heads of State and of Government agreed on a 10-year plan aimed at revitalizing Europe's economy.
The 2020 strategy, proposed by the European Commission and now endorsed by the 27 Member States, promotes a more innovative, competitive and climate-friendly economic environment.
We have now set the agenda for a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe, José Manuel Barroso, EC President told journalists at the final press conference.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, on the European 2020 strategy: we want to have a strong economy. We also want an economy which takes into account the needs of the environment and the social needs. That is the sort of ambition, the sort of society we whish to leave to future generations. We need it to serve as an example for the rest of the world. But this does require a strong economy but in a social and ecological context which is very specific to the European ambition. With these 5 objectives (Europe's 2020 strategy) we are seeking to pursue that aim. That was perhaps the most important element that emerged from this summit meeting.
||SOUNDBITE (English) by José Manuel Barroso, EC President: it was a very successful conference, not only because of the historic agreement reached yesterday on Greece and for the financial stability of the euro area, but also because of the longer global challenges that we have addressed today, G20, climate change and also our news strategy for sustainable growth and jobs, the European 2020 strategy. Regarding Greece, I just want to underline that I now hope that financial markets act on fact and not on fiction. It was a very important decision reached yesterday by the eurozone. ON Europe 2020, I am delighted that we have an agreement based on the Commission's proposals. We have now set the agenda for a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe. We will deliver it through five concrete targets, targets focusing on employment, on R&D, the target related to energy and climate action, target related to education, and the one related to poverty and the fight against social exclusion.
||SOUNDBITE (Spanish) by José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister, on the European 2020 strategy: let me highlight the main idea which is in the conclusions. The idea to support the strategy is coordination. That is the watch word, a coordinated economic and making sure that it is coordinated by the 27 Member States. That is something which is absolutely essential.
||Cutaways of press (4 shots)