European Council: extracts from the final press conference by Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council, José Manuel BARROSO, EC President and Viktor ORBAN, Hungarian Prime Minister
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 24/06/2011 First transmission: 24/06/2011
Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, EC President and Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister held a press conference to present the outcome of the European Summit.
EU heads of state and government met in Brussels on 23-24 June for a European Council devoted to economic matters, migration, the EU's Southern Neighbourhood and Croatia's accession to the EU.
During the second day of the summit, they nominated Mario Draghi as the future President of the European Central Bank. They also assessed implementation of migration policies and discussed developments in the southern Mediterranean, focusing on Libya, Syria and the Middle East peace process.
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||Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, José Manuel Barroso, EC President and Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Herman Van Rompuy: its actions the Syrian regime is calling, its own legitimacy in question. Yesterday the EU adopted new sanctions against the regime of Sadat. Regarding Lybia we will keep up the military pressure as long as Gaddafi stays. We are also preparing with international partners the post Gaddafi democratic transition. Regarding Yemen we reiterate the urgency of ordely and inclusive transition.
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Barroso: it was important because on Greece we have once again shown that we find an agreement when an agreement is needed. It was important because we have shown that our new way with dealing with the European economy is working. We spent most of last night's session discussing the challenges member States and the EU as a whole, face, with a frankness I have not seen before.
||General view of the press room
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Barroso: the Commission will come forward with its complete proposals shortly. These measures will not effect the lives of persons entitled to the freedom of movement and to the treaty that was also reiterated in the most clear terms by all the heads of state and government. On asylum, our proposals are already on the table and I am particularly pleased that this European Council has created a momentum that we need namely to complete the common European asylum system by 2012.
||SOUNDBITE (Hungarian) Viktor Orban: Today for the first time in the EU we managed to create a Roma strategy that gives opportunity to this community to become a recognised useful part of the EU and its citizens. We have endorsed the Danube strategy which served a region which was caracterised by conflicts all throughout its history, and now through a macro regional cooperation we will consolidate its future for a long time.
||General view of the speakers