OPEN DAYS 2012 - 10th European Week of Regions and Cities:

Type: News   Reference: 87291   Duration: 00:04:52  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 05/10/2012   First transmission: 05/10/2012
- extracts from the opening session Key note speeches by - Martin SCHULZ, EP President - Videomessage by José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC - Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council - Eleni MAVROU, Minister of the Interior of Cyprus Background: Under the suggested headline "Europe's regions and cities: Making a difference", the OPEN DAYS 2012 will be structured around three themes: 1.Smart and green growth for all – How does cohesion policy contribute to smart, sustainable and inclusive growth? 2.Territorial cooperation: an asset for Europe – How can cooperation be used as a tool for regional development and better exploitation of regional potentials? 3.Delivering results – What are the main achievements of the EU cohesion policy? And how to best implement the intentions of the new regulatory framework?

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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 Interior, Arrivals at the opening session 'Europe's regions and cities - Making a difference', different shots, ( 2 shots) 00:00:05
00:00:15 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President : 00:00:09
00:00:24 SOUNDBITE (English): Danuta HÜBNER, (EPP, PL),Chair of the Europeqn Parliament's REGI Committee: "We have to give to it a new impetus and the crisis has also made one important thing clear that we are all part of the same Europe and that Europe is not something of simple some independent Communities, cities and regions and that investing in deepening convergence is essential." 00:00:23
00:00:47 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President : "The EU budget is not money for Brussels, it is not money that comes to Brussels and than disappears, it is money for the people of Europe and the regions and the cities. We are convinced that the EU budget gives people a genuine added value and has done for some years now especially when it is put together that it complements the National budgets, which elevates the pressures on people individually in the sight of an attempt to make savings; this pressure with an investment that makes sense can soften that financial pressure." 00:00:54
00:01:41 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President : "As the EP sees it that to a great extend this kinds of cuts are irresponsible because when you cut the EU budget as a whole you to reduce the most relevant and growth stimulating budget of the EU." 00:00:18
00:01:59 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President : "There is one country that is calling for the savings of 200 Billion Euros and I'm saying now to you in practical terms, because you need to know this, that will mean less regional aid for you, less rural development back home where you live, there will be fewer Erasmus students, all of our successes you will see less in our future." 00:00:30
00:02:29 "I'm very concerned to see that this crisis we are now in seems to have to have set in motion a centrifugative force, I mean by that the end of solidarity. Our Union is threatening to break up in North against South, East against West, large against small, rich against poor, but we should revisit the essential lessons of reunification, everybody wins or everybody looses, we are only strong if we stand and work together." 00:00:24
00:02:53 SOUNDBITE (English): Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council: "Regions must ensure that fiscal consolidation is carried out in a growth friendly way. Local and regional authority should be involved in defining and implemting the National reform programmes favouring growth and job, there is room for improvement in this regard." 00:00:19
00:03:12 SOUNDBITE (English): Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council: "We also need a positive language on Europe there is enough negativism, there is enough fear, we need a language of hope, and hope can help to shape change. We did in the past and we must be the masters of our own future." 00:00:23
00:03:35 Videomessage by José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC : "One instrument is the European budget and the ambition of the COM is that the next budget is one that is investing in growth, employment and innovation. And we know that Cohesion policy is proving more than every in these times of budgetary constraints and the truth is that without this Cohesion policy many of our member states, due to these budgetary constraints are going to be able in a position to meet the expectations of our society." 00:00:38
00:04:13 SOUNDBITE (English) : Eleni MAVROU, Minister of the Interior of Cyprus: "Cyprus Presidency therefore makes every effort to ensure that the legislative framework that regulates the operation of the EU territorial cooperation in the new programme period is such that it further improve its effectiveness, so cooperation and dialogue between ourselves and between our citizens are the keywords." 00:00:28
00:04:41 cut away shots, ( 3 shots) 00:00:11
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