Extracts from the press conference by José Manuel Barroso on the European Council of 01-02/03/2012
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 29/02/2012 First transmission: 29/02/2012
On 29 February 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, gave a press conference ahead on the European Council of 01-02/03/2012. The President wanted to deliver a message on growth – sustainable growth. It was this message that he was bringing already to the last informal European Council of 30/01/2012. The answer on growth had been at the core of the agenda from the start, and José Manuel Barroso was pleased to see a level of commitment by Heads of Government and Heads of State which he hoped would be translated into effective, concrete delivery.
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||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at the press conference
||Cutaway of a photographer
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance has been agreed and will be signed the day after tomorrow. The European Council will agree economic policy orientations for the European Union for this year. Second, the financial markets and the banking sector are indeed recovering. The risk of a credit crunch is receding thanks also to the decisive action of the ECB. Third, the financial firewalls are being strengthened. We have agreed on how to leverage the EFSF lending capacity and accelerated the establishment of the ESM by one year to July 2012.
||José Manuel Barroso being photographed
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Regarding Europe in general, while our forecasts show mild recession for this year, the Interim Economic Forecast also points to the return to growth in the second half of the year. The figures released today - both in terms of our economic sentiment indicator and the business climate indicator - show an increasing confidence for the second month running. Industry is starting to believe. It is time to build on that possibility of confidence.
||Cutaways of a journalist (2 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Serbia deserves the candidate status because Serbia has delivered all the commitments that we have asked. So, from our point of view, from the Commission point of view, the European Council should endorse the candidate status to Serbia. Now, what the decision will be, it will depend on the Member States, as you know it is a decision which requires unanimity.
||Cutaway of cameramen
||General views of the conference room (2 shots)