Visit of Antonio Tajani and Janez Potočnik to the European Chemical Agency in Helsinki

Type: Report   Reference: I-065320   Duration: 10:04:29  Lieu:
End production: 25/03/2010   First transmission: 25/03/2010
On 25 March 2010, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, visited the European Chemistry Agency, in Helsinki. They are taking action to make progress towards the registration of chemicals and the management of substances of very high concern. Of particular importance is the smooth implementation of the registration of high-volume chemicals by the REACH deadline of 30 November 2010 by implementing solutions to practical problems to support industry’s work, in particular SMEs.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior views of ECHA, in Helsinki (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:00:15 Arrival of Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, and shaking hands with Geert Dancet, Executive Director of European Chemical Agency (ECHA) 00:00:06
10:00:21 Arrival of Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, and shaking hands with Geert Dancet 00:00:07
10:00:28 Round table with Antonio Tajani, Janez Potočnik, and Geert Dancet (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:00:51 General view of the conference room 00:00:06
10:00:57 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) saying that they will work together, but he is there to give a positive message; that there is a politics on the Commission, together with the commissioners; it is a new season; he will tell that he is on their side; he wants to support their work, they can count on him and on the Commission. 00:00:21
10:01:18 Cutaway of participants 00:00:03
10:01:21 Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): I like to keep things simple, clear and transparent; if we identify issues and problem earlier, we have a better chance to find a practical solution; we will certainly need all of our commitment and motivation to make reach a success. 00:00:21
10:01:42 Cutaway of participants 00:00:03
10:01:45 Antonio Tajani, and Janez Potočnik, giving prizes to the employees of ECHA (4 shots) 00:00:30
10:02:15 General view of the press conference room 00:00:06
10:02:21 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) saying that after his nomination as Vice-President of the EC, he is committed with the Industry, especially SMEs; he has insisted that the help necessary is put in place in order to help them, in due time, to be able to meet the deadline of the first registration. 00:00:23
10:02:44 General view of the conference room 00:00:03
10:02:47 Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): changing the deadline would be the wrong message, especially to those who are today putting really high efforts that so that they can fill in with the legislation requirements. 00:00:14
10:03:01 Cutaway of participants 00:00:03
10:03:04 Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): we both think that cooperation between us is of the utmost importance, because only legislation which is implemented is good for the society, business and the environment; standstill is in no one's interest. 00:00:20
10:03:24 Cutaway of participants 00:00:02
10:03:26 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ENGLISH): the chemical industries are very happy with this agreement, because today, at the Commission, we have the same message. 00:00:15
10:03:41 General view of the conference room 00:00:03
10:03:44 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) saying that they did not say that this was the end of their works; they have said that it is the beginning. 00:00:05
10:03:49 Cutaway of participants 00:00:03
10:03:52 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in FRENCH) saying that today he is happy because politics won; they have had a decision; after many years, they have managed to unblock something that kept people who had the responsibility (for Reach implementation) from doing their work. 00:00:16
10:04:08 Cutaway of participants 00:00:03
10:04:11 Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): this is certainly a serious beginning of the work; I would like to be clear that this will be implemented only if there will be a clear support and active participation from the Member States. 00:00:18
10:04:29 Cutaway of participants 00:00:06
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