Review of the Polish Presidency
extracts from the Council and Commission statements
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 14/12/2011 First transmission: 14/12/2011
Parliament reviews Polish Presidency of the Council which runs until the end of 2011
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||Cutaways prior to the plenary session
||SOUNDBITE ( Polish) Donald TUSK, Polish Prime Minister, EU Council rotating president, " Despite of our satisfaction with a job well done I can't say today that at the end of 2011 Europe is more united than 6 months ago, than a year ago or than 5 years ago. At the end of the polish presidency today I can not say that together we have brought to an end this very serious crisis that attacked Europe. "
||SOUNDBITE ( Polish) Donald TUSK, Polish Prime Minister, EU Council rotating president, " I tried to convince us , I tried to convince Europe that the way out of the crisis runs through getting away from community approach, and my convinction and the convinction of the Polish presidency, this is the sign a certain disease, illness, it is the crisis that hurts the sense of community and if you are hearing today people saying that one should revise the foundation of our Union of our Community this is a clear sign that the crisis is to be found in our hearts as well not only in our banks"
||SOUNDBITE ( Polish) Donald TUSK, Polish Prime Minister, EU Council rotating president, " When I hear comments made with satisfaction that Great Britain has become an island again that the English Channel has just become broader than it used to be a few weeks ago, than I don't understand why it is said with such satisfaction . One might disapprove of the decisions taken by politicians of a certain country. (applause from the Chamber)
||SOUNDBITE ( Polish) Donald TUSK, Polish Prime Minister, EU Council rotating president, "The leadership can't be based on the leadership of two or three countries even if they are the strongest countries and it can not be the leadership of technocrats because they are lacking democratic mandate, it must be a political leadership based on a democratic mandate , that is accepted by everybody so that it can obtain results. It must be a leadership based on European Institutions (applause)."
||SOUNDBITE ( Polish) Donald TUSK, Polish Prime Minister, EU Council rotating president, "We turn away from Treaty principles that we established ourselves; so we need a thorough debate on the political order in Europe where there would be a new leadership established so more Europe in Europe which used to be the slogan of our presidency , I think it has a political dimension to it as well today."
||SOUNDBITE ( Polish) Donald TUSK, Polish Prime Minister, EU Council rotating president, "If we fail at this task , the next generation will not remember well our actions we have to undertake this task today or else it will be lost tomorrow, thank you very much (applause form the Chamber)
||SOUNDBITE ( English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President,"What you just said Prime Minister and Dear friend about the Community spririt about the need to fight national interest and egoism and your support without doubts to strong European institutions is in fact very inspiring too and it is for us a great source of strength in these difficult moments."
||SOUNDBITE ( English) José Manuel BARROSO, EC President,"As we move forward I would like that all Member States will show the same level of commitment to Europe as Poland has shown." (applause from the Chamber)
||Cutaways (3 shots)