Extracts from the press conference by José Manuel Barroso on the programme of the Polish Presidency
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 06/07/2011 First transmission: 06/07/2011
On 6 July 2011, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made a statement defending the Polish Presidency and commenting on the attacks expressed during the EP plenary session in Strasbourg on the occasion of the EP press conference held afterwards on the programme of the Polish Presidency.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that there was a strong support to the programme of the Polish Presidency and to the very inspiring speech of Prime Minister Tusk; so the most important political forces endorsed this vision; but at the same time we also heard very aggressive remarks by some of the euro sceptics or Europhobe fringes; it happened because the truth is that many of them were expecting the enlargement of the EU to mean less commitment to the EU and now they see that the biggest new Member, Poland, comes with a real enthusiasm, confidence, optimism, the kind of enthusiasm, confidence and optimism that he would like to see in all capitals of EU Member States.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that he knows that Poland has always been with Prime Minister Tusk defending the community approach, strong European institutions, a real commitment to cohesion, solidarity and to an approach of ambitious leadership for Europe; now they have to put all their energy to deliver a successful presidency for the Council because it will be a success for Europe.
||General view of the press room