Review of the Polish Presidency:
- extracts from the MEPs debate
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - EP
End production: 14/12/2011 First transmission: 14/12/2011
From July 2011 Poland for the first time conducted the Presidency in the European Council. On the occasion of its conclusion Donald Tusk, the Prime Minister of Poland took part in the discussion together with the José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL (EPP, FR): "Beyond legislative texts, the Polish Presidency has supported a principle close to the heart of my political group and the majority of this Parliament: the community method. Your country, as it is the case for central-European countries in general, know the importance of solidarity, the price of liberty. You've called upon everyone to show responsibility without seeking to force your point of view on others. That is vital, and we count on you for being a significant voice in the Council. I want see the community method coming back and being applied".
||SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ (S&D, DE): "This is the 15th Presidency I have dealt with as chairman of my political group. I have to say in these 15 semesters this was by far one of the very best Presidencies that I've had to deal with. And I say this not just for you Prime Minister; this also extends to all of your government and all the staff that we've got to know. We've seen a large amount of professionalism in your government so my compliments to you".
||SOUNDBITE (German) Alexander ALVARO (ALDE, DE): "A lot what you have achieved this Presidency has unfortunately been overshadowed by the euro-crisis and the debt crisis in Europe. But you have done something important that hasn't been mention today. In preparing for the 'multi annual financial framework' (MFF) for the EU, for the first time of a Presidency, you've brought the Parliament in at a very early stage. I was privileged to lead a delegation of the Parliament and it was an unprecedented event that we were included at such an early phase in the discussions for the MFF".
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Bas EICKHOUT (Greens, NL): "The Greens are asking: how it is possible that the Polish Presidency has a view that the climate change crisis is something to be dealt hand in hand with the euro-crisis? We need to invest in the future, invest in a green economy so that we can come out of this euro-crisis and to find a solution to climate change at the same time. That is what we had liked to hear from the Polish Presidency, but we didn't".
||SOUNDBITE (Polish) Jacek SARYUSZ-WOLSKI (EPP, PL): "I think that the Polish Presidency has chosen well pointing at the need for more Europe, more community. We must avoid having a Europe of two speeds. We started at 17 +10, which was the setup at the time. Now we have a Europe of 27 - 1, positively. And I think this is the best result of our Presidency. We aimed for protecting solidarity in Europe and the Polish Presidency is ended with a message that the response to the crisis is more community and more responsibility in Europe".
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