Conclusions of the European Council meeting (8-9 December 2001)
Extracts from the Council and the Commission statements
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 13/12/2011 First transmission: 13/12/2011
Parliament held a key debate with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Commission President José Manuel Barroso to analyse the plans agreed at the 8-9 December summit for a new intergovernmental treaty and new rules to tighten controls over Eurozone countries' finances.
President Jerzy Buzek reacted to the decisions taken by European leaders on Thursday night: "Our problem is not primarily a problem of Treaties. It is a problem of economic governance in some countries and a problem of trust among us. Markets do not trust countries. Citizens do not trust politicians. Countries do not trust each other.
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||Exterior of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||Cutaways prior to the Plenary session (6 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Herman Van ROMPUY, European Council President, " Faced with these facts, and I feel no need to be controversial myself on this, faced with these facts , there was no alternative but to go down the route of a sepaate Traty among the 17 Eurozone Members, though open to others. indeed almost all of the other Members even with a derogation on joining the Euro have now announced that they will join in in this process subject to consulting their Parliament."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Herman Van ROMPUY, European Council President, " An intergovernmental Treaty was not my first preference.nor that of other member States. How ever it will make the fiscal Pack binding. It must be negotiatiated as a matter of emergency. I t will not be easy also legally speaking. I count on everybody being constructive bearing in mind what is at stake: our aim is to strengthen both fiscal discipline and economic coordination going beyond what we have already achieved in the 6 pack. This will not be the first time that more engaged Member states hace proceeded by agreement among themselves."
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President, " The reason why it took us till 5 A.M on Friday to reach this agreement was not substance , it was mainly the form. The debate was on whether this should happen under a revision on the Union Treaties involving all 27 Member States and all EU Institutions or should it be outside this framework with a new Treaty."
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President, " The UK in exchange for giving its agreement asked for a specific protocol on the financial services, which as presented was a risk to the integrity of the internal market. This made compromise impossible. All Heads of other governments were left with a choice between paying this proce or moving ahead without UK's participation and accepting an international agreement among them."
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President, " Let me be clear, the Commission will not accept any intergovernmental Treaty that will be in conflict with EU law, I will take direct interest in this question and I am sure this Parliament will do so as well; in fact I expect that the EP will be also associated to this negotiations. So you may ask , How can we square the circle concretely. How can we progress, by way of an international agreement without eroding the Community method. This point will require our utmost attention and our join scrutiny over the next days and weeks. In my view the best way of doing it is to follow basic principle. The agreement should contains stronger National commitments, but the EU Institutions should act exclusively on the basis of the European Union Treaties. thus will apply the EU monitoring and correction system as reinforced by the 6 pack and there will be no other parallell or competing structures
||SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President, " This is not an agreement at 17 + but an agreement at 27 minus. Last week most Heads of States and governments of the Member States show their readiness to move ahead with European integration towards a fiscal stability Union ; They showed that they want more Europe not less. "