Meeting of the Danish Government and the EC in Copenhagen: extracts from the doorsteps by Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister, and José Manuel Barroso
Type: Speech - summary
End production: 11/01/2012 First transmission: 11/01/2012
On 11/01/2012, on the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the Danish Presidency of the Council of the EU with the EC, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Copenhagen in Denmark. He met with Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, and gave doorsteps after the plenary meeting and different working sessions, where they discussed the implementation of the main priorities, such as financial stability and the creation of growth and jobs, for example through deepening the Single Market, green growth and energy efficiency.
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||Joint arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister: today we have the opening of our presidency; we are delighted to have the Commission here and of course the President of the Commission. We just started our debate in our plenary, a very fruitful discussion that we will continue tomorrow, and of course tonight we have the opening ceremony of the Danish Presidency.
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: we are also delighted to be here in Copenhagen to receive such a warm welcome by Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and the government. We started a very fruitful discussion, Our work will go on tomorrow as well. But let me tell you that we very much share the priorities of the Danish Presidency for a more dynamic, open, safer and greener Europe.
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: we very much support you, Mrs Prime Minister, in your commitment to this kind of Europe that is closer to citizens. As I said before, the Danish presidency comes at a crucial moment for the European project. We have to show to our citizens concrete results in their daily lives. There are also some risks here and there of fragmentation. We are all the Member States to be involved in our common purpose and I count on Denmark for building bridges, consolidating this kind of unity. And we will, of course, work loyally and closely with Danish Presidency to make this presidency a success for Denmark and a success for Europe.