Visit of Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens Reductions, to José Manuel Barroso: roundtable and extracts from the joint press briefing, 21/02/2012, Brussels
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 21/02/2012 First transmission: 21/02/2012
On 21 February 2012, Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens Reductions, paid a visit to José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, in Brussels. On this occasion, they gave a press conference about how progress has been made together and how the Member States can do better in order to cut administrative burdens.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, welcomes Edmund Stoiber, Chairman of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens Reductions. Handshake, photo opportunity and roundtable (3 shots)
||José Manuel Barroso and Edmund Stoiber arriving at the VIP corner
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: I am very pleased to say that we are making very good progress. 33% that is the reduction, of administrative burden, that the Commission proposals will generate, in other words, we are saving companies 40 billion euro. Many of these proposals have benefit from the support of the group led by Edmund Stoiber. When we proposed to scrap the paper VAT invoicing, and replace it by e-invoicing, or when we suggested exempting micro enterprises from EU accounting rules.
||Cutaway of the VIP corner
||Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: Together with the agreement reached by the private sector, for a bond exchange offer, in which I am very confident a number of private sector bond holders will participate, this overall package opens the way for Greece, to construct a new and more sustainable economy, better able to generate growth and jobs. It also closes the door to a scenario of an uncontrolled default, with all its grave economic and social implications. That would be to use the word of the Greek Prime Minister a chaos for Greece and the Greek people.
||Cutaway of the VIP corner
||Soundbite (in GERMAN) by Edmund Stoiber saying that the result of all of this is that if all Member States were to follow the best practices in implementing and transposing EU laws and rules, one third of the administrative burden could disappear. So throughout Europe, there is a significant potential of savings of up to 40 billion euro. He calls upon the Member States to draw the necessary conclusions from these reports, they have got a checklist in the report which Member States can avail themselves of. The checklist shows them how to proceed if they wish to transpose EU law as un-bureaucratically as possible.
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Soundbite (in GERMAN) by Edmund Stoiber saying that it is interesting to hear that the President intends to expand the mandate, not just with a view to focusing upon small and medium enterprises but also with a view to the public administrations in the Member States because implementation of EU law has shown a lot of inefficiency in the Member States. That is going to trigger discussions in the European Parliament, and the national parliaments.
||Edmund Stoiber handing over a copy of the report "Europe can do better" to José Manuel Barroso