EP Conference of Presidents:
report back from the EP delegation on the draft agreement on a fiscal stability union
- round table
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EP
End production: 10/01/2012 First transmission: 10/01/2012
Today's EP Conference of Presidents have discussed on the EP's position as regards the negotiations of a new economic treaty for the EU. After listening to the report from EP members appointed for this task, that were participating last Friday on a meeting with representatives from the 27 member states, the board of the EP has given them a new mandate to continue with the negotiations.
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||Exterior shot of the EP, Brussels
||Arrivals and ambience shots at the EP Conference of Presidents (11 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL (EPP, FR): "We need a proposal, though the Treaty change, on two issues: first, debt reduction, as we cannot continue producing debt, but at the same time we need to find a solution for growth. If there is only debt reduction, we see what happens, the example are like Italy, Spain or Greece. So we need to reduce the debt but we need to boost growth, otherwise it will be unbearable for our citizens".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL (EPP, FR): "We need a European and communitarian proposal on the 'Tobin tax', a single country cannot apply it. Discussions are on the way and they are not easy, especially for the German liberals, but we are getting there".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ (S&D, DE): "Everything that will happen in the frame of the '26 agreement' must come out from the European Law, the secondary law of the Union, adopted in the frame of the co-decision procedure between Parliament and Council. Also important is the 'sunset clause', this is an intermediate instrument disagreement to by-pass the UK by vetoing the necessary measures for the Eurozone stabilisation. And therefore the 'sunset clause' saying: in a term of 5 years we must implement the whole thing in the European treaty, is unavoidable, is one of the most important points and I am very satisfied that our negotiators achieved to get it within this agreement".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ (S&D): "We need such a transaction tax on the financial transactions; and this is a question not only of taxation, is a question of social justice. Those who caused a lot of the crisis in which we are living for the time being should participate in the solution."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Guy VERHOFSTAD (ALDE, BE): "It is clear that for exiting this crisis we need to organise solidarity and also growth. We will never get out from this crisis without growth. And for that we need to organise as soon as possible the unique bond market in euro, so state-bonds in euro, which is for me a crucial measure to exit the crisis".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Elmar BROK (EPP, DE): "We want to keep the unity of the Union therefore it is important that as many countries as possible take part and that the community method is respected. It is important that in this Treaty that hopefully will be set, community method will be used and all decisions when legislation has to be taken will involve Council and Parliament under the Commission proposals. If we achieve that, then we will have important progress, and also the commitment that this Treaty should be put into the EU Treaty at the latest after 5 years".