The European Parliament Presidential Debate:
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 11/01/2012 First transmission: 11/01/2012
EP President Election 2012 - The three candidates are: Nirj DEVA, (ECR, UK) Martin SCHULZ, (S&D, DE) Diana WALLIS (ALDE, UK)
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Ambience shots prior the debate, arrival of the candidates, cutaways (7 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Nirj DEVA, (ECR, UK): "By voting we are defending our right to choose and our right to decide. How can we expect to extend our influence and promote democracy and human rights, good governance around the world when our own elite and leaders make backroom deals? Deals which negate our democracy and all our values."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Nirj DEVA, (ECR, UK): "Martin I know you are a great proponent of freedom and democracy. I now ask you, because I respect you, to repudiate the deal, repudiate this undemocratic deal and stand on your merits. Repudiate this deal and be faithful to the values and your record as a parliamentarian. Repudiate and set the members free to what anywhere they like. Renounce this and also say that you will be a neutral President, that you will not be partisan and that you will represent all of us in this Parliament."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Diana WALLIS (ALDE, UK): "I want to re-empower each and every individual member of the House to take a much greater part in how we organise this House, how we represent this House externally. I want to blow some winds of change to the Bureau of this Parliament and I believe with the experience I have in seeing how it works I am in a good position to do that."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Diana WALLIS (ALDE, UK): (on the one million signatures for the 'one seat campaign') "When one million citizens deliver a petition to Parliament and the rule say that 1 citizen can deliver a petition to Parliament... but we wouldn't discuss it, we were not allowed to discuss it. I find that completely unacceptable. My local parish council can discuss where it holds its meetings. This parliament should be able to discuss and yes take a vote on the question of its seat."
||SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, (S&D, DE): "I think Europe needs in all areas of policy and in all part of the executive the ability to have parliamentary legitimacy, and it's only the European parliament that can provide that. The executive and the 28 that act may not like this, but we are not here to appeal to them. Our job is to control the executive and to ensure that the legislation of Europe does protect social justice and this is the objective that I will pursue in my campaign to become President of the EP".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, (S&D, DE): "I am in favour of a deeper integrated political union in Europe, instead of a re-nationalisation and the priority of the member states will in the EU. This is a different concept, I am running for my concept, and I understand not everybody will vote for me because it has another concept. But the president of the EP in my eyes should be absolutely clear. I am for the deepening of the integration of the EU".
||SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, (S&D, DE): "The EP has decided by majority to reduce the number of sessions in Strasbourg. A complaint has been brought to the European Court of Justice on that matter. If the EP were to be found to be in the right before the ECJ and it is justified to reduce the number of sessions in Strasbourg, then I would certainly take an initiative to persuade the Council of the implication of that ruling. I can guarantee you that."