Address by Jerzy BUZEK, EP President:

Type: News   Reference: 81487   Duration: 00:05:09  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 15/12/2011   First transmission: 15/12/2011
- extracts from the outcome of his Presidency -------------- President Buzek's end of mandate address: President Buzek takes stock of his two-and-a-half-year term as President of the European Parliament, which expires on 17 January when MEPs elect his successor.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), President of the European Parliament: " We have not prepared our Community for difficult and more challenging times. We did not have enough political will, and we did not convince our citizens of such a project. We even broke our own rules. Discipline was lost. Three years ago the financial crisis sailed across the Atlantic. We were not prepared for such a situation. Arguments about self-interest began to erode our belief in the common good. And now, our Union has moved into a deep crisis whose causes are as much political and psychological, as economic." 00:00:50
00:01:00 SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), President of the European Parliament: "My term as President coincided with an exceptionally difficult time for Europe: First, we introduced the Lisbon Treaty;Second, we faced the crisis;Third, we observed globalisation at an incredible speed.Fourth, we stand in front of the most important decisions for our future." 00:00:31
00:01:31 SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), President of the European Parliament: "We are now the Parliament we always wanted to be - a full co-legislator in a two chamber structure. We achieved a lot, but this is a fight we all need to continue. To be strong is simply not enough; we need to use our power in every day practise and to decide. I am proud that the European Parliament, in cooperation with other EU institutions, is ready to prepare in a few weeks time a deep and comprehensive programme to help solve our current economic problems." 00:00:43
00:02:14 SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), President of the European Parliament: "The Parliament - it is not only a guarantor of the stability of the political scene, but also has the task of creating a courageous vision for Europe. Citizens expect that it will present such a vision and a new kind of European dream. Reconnecting with citizens will help to give another, non-economic meaning to the definition of deepening and widening of Europe. Governance, free market, single currency - this is absolutely insufficient as a basis for a community. We need one more crucuial factor - the most important one - Europe civic activity." 00:00:57
00:03:11 SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), President of the European Parliament: "One country can undermine the whole economy, but many countries working together can solve the problem. This is why I have pushed for greater dialogue with people, and promoted the idea of a European civic space. " 00:00:14
00:03:25 SOUNDBITE (English): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), President of the European Parliament: "While discussing possible treaty changes or new treaties, I want to recall that without a return to a genuine spirit of cooperation or - a 'destiny shared in common' as Robert Schuman put in - we will not succeed. Change is not about new rules; it is about a commitment to live by those rules. This is about a state of mind.Second, we need a new wave of economic integration. We need to create a real fiscal and economic union." 00:00:34
00:03:59 SOUNDBITE (Polish): Jerzy BUZEK, (EPP, PL), President of the European Parliament: "With great pride I can say: I am a Pole and a European". And that is why I believe that Common European future let us never take European integration for gruanteed, it is something we have to cultivate every day, Thank you very much." 00:00:43
00:04:42 Final applause, (5 shots) 00:00:27
00:05:09 END 00:00:00
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