European Development Days: speech by Béji Caïd Essebsi, Tunisian Prime Minister
End production: 15/12/2011 First transmission: 16/12/2011
On 15 December 2011 in Warsaw, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, participated in the European Development Days (EDDs) 2011 with Krzysztof Stanowski, Polish Deputy State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Béji Caïd Essebsi, Tunisian Prime Minister. These EDDs focused on the Arab Spring events of 2011.
The fact that this year's event was taking place in Warsaw was particularly pertinent. The key theme of European Development Days was the link between development and democracy. Organized for the first time in a country from Central and Eastern Europe and in the context of the political changes in the Arab World, the 2011 edition brought together key players from both regions. This was an opportunity to discuss the transition experience of Poland and other Central and Eastern Europe countries and also to explore the ways to best use this knowledge in different political environments, such as Arab Countries.
The European Development Days were launched in 2006 as an opportunity for key partners to come together to talk about how to make aid more effective and how to build on European development cooperation.
Kamel Jendoubi, President of the Independent High Authority for the Elections (IHAE), and Carlos Valenzuela, United Nations Senior Electoral Adviser, participitated in the High-Level Panel on Agenda for Change - Season 2: delivering on democracy.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite (in FRENCH) by Béji Caïd Essebsi, Tunisian Prime Minister, on the evening of Thursday 15 December, saying that that not all revolutions end in democracy but that in Tunisia this did happen.
||Soundbite (in FRENCH) by Béji Caïd Essebsi saying that the country's economy must be able to meet the basic needs of its citizens and young people. That's why development aid is important for Tunisia.
||Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development, speaking with Krzysztof Stanowski, Polish Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, shaking hands with Krzysztof Stanowski and Béji Caïd Essebsi, in the presence of Andris Piebalgs
||Cutaways of the audience (2 shots)
||Arrival of the participants at the High-Level Panel on Agenda for Change - Season 2: delivering on democracy (4 shots)
||Soundbite (in FRENCH) by Kamel Jendoubi, President of the Independent High Authority for the Elections (IHAE), saying that the Tunisian people have taken back control of their country democratically. They are lucky in Tunisia that everyone broadly agrees that democratic elections are the way to regain control of the country.
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Carlos Valenzuela, United Nations Senior Electoral Adviser: I don't like the words "free and fair elections". What does this mean? It is very subjective. We would like to think that these elections were credible.
||Cutaways of the panel (5 shots)