Global parliamentary dimension - EP took part in the UN General Assembly:
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 02/10/2012 First transmission: 02/10/2012
- statement by Othmar KARAS (EPP, AT)
VP Othmar KARAS represented the EP during the September UN General Assembly in NYC on behalf of President SCHULZ a the meeting of the Interparliamentary Union in NYC on the topic rule of law.
Moreover was Mr KARAS part of the EU delegation during the High Level Meeting in the framework of the UN General Assembly.
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||Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (1 shot)
||Interior, Introduction shot of Othmar KARAS (EPP, AT), Vice-President (1 shot)
||SOUNDBIT (German): Othmar KARAS (EPP, AT), Vice-President: "The European Parliament participates on a regular base at the UN General Assembly, we have a sub-committee of the foreign committee that takes care of that part, but now it is the first time that the European Parliament participated in the official opening ceremony. It is the first time that the European Parliament in its entire function takes part through the presence of its Vice-President as wished by the President of the European Parliament, also that I will have several high level exchanges during the opening ceremony, that is a success in itself. A very important step, also very essential for the self-awareness of our institution, because we are the voice of the citizens of Europe, we just are not simply an 'Europe of the citizens', we want a global change of the world in cooperation with the citizens, a better world and a stronger participation of the citizens. We must be the example and we manage to defend our interests, I'm very satisfied."
||SOUNDBIT (German): Othmar KARAS (EPP, AT), Vice-President: (The concrete outcome of the visit to NYC)
"We are working on that in each conference of the UN where we as EP had delivered a report, we suggest that the rapporteur would be present in the Assembly meeting. We invited the General Secretary of the UN to bring forward our intensive cooperation, especially when it comes to democratise the G20, G8, World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Thirdly concerning the democratisation process, we will propose experts to take part in the projects and here I can imagine to our MEPs or former members, who have time to do so. We have very concrete plans which we will discuss with the responsible persons in the European Parliament and the European Commission, to have progress in the next hours and days. "
||SOUNDBIT (German): Othmar KARAS (EPP, AT), Vice-President: (On the ongoing effort to reform the United Nations)
"The UN has the same problems as the EU, the role of the members is essential and each change in the Security Council, as in our Council, needs the unanimity. The political will is exist, the pressure to change and to keep track with the up coming challenges, to integrate the new media as a communication tool, is there, but the key element of change is too slow, as not all partners move in the same direction, but the will is there."
||SOUNDBIT (German): Othmar KARAS (EPP, AT), Vice-President: (On the outcome of the exchange with GS Ban Ki-moon)
"He is a friend of Europe and he plays a key role in the force of changing the UN when it comes to reforms, he furthermore has a lot confidence in the EU, when it comes to be a essential partner to handle globalisation, democratisation and renewing the UN. Therefore it is important to be in a constant exchange with Ban Ki-moon. I'm very glad that he accepted for the 2nd time our invitation to come to the European Parliament. We have also common projects together with the National Parliaments, we have cooperation through the Liga of parliamentarians of Europe, an intensive cooperation between European institutions and UN, all those wishes and plans have his full support, so that I hope that we can meet on different levels in Europe in 2013."