European Policy Centre breakfast policy briefing on "Vision for Europe" with Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium
End production: 16/11/2010 First transmission: 16/11/2010
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||SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Parliament (English):This morning I prefer to make a few comments on the basis of recent experiences. Experiences with the Lisbon Treaty after one year, for all of us in the Union and for myself in this job. In fact, today it is almost a year to the day, since Catherine Ashton and I were elected by the
European Council for our respective functions on 19 November 2009. So I'll give you a kind of birthday speech.
||SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Parliament (English): The first year of the Lisbon Treaty has been clearly marked by the crisis of the Eurozone. This does not make 2010 into a crisis year. On the contrary: we have shown how to deal with a crisis and we are coming stronger out of it.
||SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Parliament (English): On the basis of the recommendations of my Task Force, the October European Council has taken important decisions, sealing a solid pact to strengthen the euro. Let me mention the three crucial points. First of all: We will better observe the economies of our countries, their competitiveness, the risks of housing bubbles and other vulnerabilities. We will act and correct if necessary. It is a real innovation. Second point: we will strengthen the Stability and Growth Pact, to substantially increase fiscal
responsibility and penalise irresponsibility. Sanctions will kick in earlier, on more grounds, and be decided more easily thanks to the reversed majority rule. It is a break-through. Third point: we will establish 'a permanent crisis mechanism to safeguard the financial stability of the euro area as a whole'. As President of the European Council, I am currently undertaking consultations with the Heads of State and Government and the Commission President on a limited treaty change required to achieve this goal. We all want a robust and credible system to be in place in 2013.
Taken together, these proposals are the biggest reform of the Economic and Monetary Union since
the euro was created.
||SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Parliament (English): Often the choice is not between the Community method and the intergovernmental method, but between a coordinated European position and nothing at all. Of course the Lisbon Treaty is not just about the new role of the European Council. On the contrary. In my view, the big institutional winner of the Lisbon Treaty is the European Parliament.
||SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Parliament (English): If we want to count in the world, then each of the 27 Member States and the EU institutions should give the same key messages. Not per se a single voice but a single message, delivered by all 27 countries. The Lisbon Treaty provides us with the political and diplomatic means to do this.