Extracts from the joint press briefing by José Manuel Barroso and Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 15/09/2010 First transmission: 15/09/2010
On 15/09/2010, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister.
They discussed the economic governance, fiscal consolidation, bank levy and strengthening of the Stability and Growth Pact. They also raised the issue of Canada which has determined the visa requirement for Czech Republic citizens.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, to the press room
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by José Manuel Barroso: The Prime Minister and I also shared a useful exchange of views on the need of economic reform both at the EU and at national levels. We notably discussed the importance of reinforcing the economic governance, the reforms, fiscal consolidation and I am very pleased to see a high degree of support from the Czech government. I stay confident that the Czech government will stand behind our new European policy for longer-run growth and job creation under the Europe 2020 strategy. (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (in Czech) by Petr Nečas, saying that they have had a very useful meeting with President Barroso. Their discussion focused on the economic situation and he has pointed out that they are in favour of fiscal discipline and structural reforms. And that they shall support steps in that direction, also in their European policies. (2 shots)
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||SOUNDBITE (in Czech) by Petr Nečas, saying that they have discussed the matter. It is a sensitive issue for the Czech Republic and for its citizens. Because of course, within the European Union, they do not want to be second class citizens. They do not want to be those required to have visas. He appreciates the efforts of the European Commission which is negotiating on behalf of the European Union. He firmly believes there is the maximum amount of will to make progress to the benefit of the Czech Republic. And they shall be cooperating closely with the European Commission. They will in touch, they exchange their views on the matter and he has to say that the European Commission has been proactive on the matter.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by José Manuel Barroso: I, myself, have already raised this issue, more than once with the Canadian authorities, the Canadian Prime Minister. Of course, they have explained their difficulties. Now, we have an agreed document on measures put it on the visa regime between Czech Republic and Canada, with actions and possible timelines. That would allow lifting the visa requirement for Czech citizens well before the implementation of the envisaged new asylum legislation. I can ensure you that the European Commission will continue to be attentive and constructive on that matter.
||Cutaways of audience (2 shots)