General Affairs Council: extracts from the press conference by Nicolai WAMMEN, Danish Minister for European Affairs; Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ and Janusz LEWANDOWSKI

Type: News   Reference: 85641   Duration: 00:03:47  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 29/05/2012   First transmission: 29/05/2012
The Council started with a discussion on a comprehensive version of the negotiating box for the EU's multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020. The Council discussed a draft annotated agenda for the June meeting of the European Council. It also held an exchange of views in preparation for the G20 summit to be held in Mexico in June.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival of the speakers 00:00:07
00:00:12 Cutaway 00:00:03
00:00:15 SOUNDBITE by Nicolai Wammen, Danish Minister for European Affairs and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: For the first time, the draft includes revenues and I believe that today we have made very good progress and done what we stet out to do. On the basis of the work done and the negotiating box so far we expect to be able to deliver what has been requested of the Danish Presidency to the European Council in June and I also believe that it's fair to say that the negotiating box was well received by member states. 00:00:33
00:00:48 Cutaway 00:00:04
00:00:52 SOUNDBITE by Nicolai Wammen (In English) saying that: On the informal General Affairs Council meeting, growth and jobs will be very much on our minds. We will work hard to contribute to an agreement at the European Council in June and a comprehensive set of growth orientated measures. We will discuss the full negotiating box with a view to prepare the European Council; we will also reflect on how the MFF can contribute to enhancing growth, employment and competitiveness. 00:00:32
00:01:24 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:04
00:01:28 SOUNDBITE by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration (In English) saying that: I just highlighted the importance the Commission attaches to have very clear outcome of the June summit because we believe that we need to deliver very substantial and operational growth agenda and therefore I very much supported the Danish Presidency efforts into fast tracking some of our proposals. 00:00:25
00:01:53 Cutaway 00:00:04
00:01:57 SOUNDBITE by Maroš Šefčovič (In English) saying that: Last item on the agenda was Croatia where I confirmed to the member states delegation our positive assessment of the Commission on the country's accession's preparation and I underlined that the Croatians have already reached the considerable degree on alignment with a key and we would of course prepare our comprehensive Autumn monitory report and we stay fully committed to Croatia's successful accession to the EU on the 1st of July 2013. 00:00:32
00:02:29 Cutaway 00:00:04
00:02:33 SOUNDBITE by Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget (In English) saying that: This exchange of view was really useful, however without breaking news. Everything is in the shadow of the crisis, everything is in the shadow of a question mark over the Greek elections but if the problems of today's Europe are partly produced by the countries that are going beyond their means, I have to underline that the European budget is always within the means available by nature; we cannot spend more than we receive from the member states. 00:00:38
00:03:11 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:04
00:03:15 SOUNDBITE by Janusz Lewandowski (In English) saying that: What was not contested is that European budget is about investment very much needed in today's Europe, also cohesion as an area of investment; therefore my impression is that it should be placed as a partial answer to the European crisis as a growth strategy element and shouldn't leave areas of a budget with a greatest potential for growth be cut. 00:00:25
00:03:40 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:07
00:03:47 End 00:00:00
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