General Affairs Council: Extracts from the press conference

Type: News   Reference: 87311   Duration: 00:03:57  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 24/07/2012   First transmission: 24/07/2012
the Council took note of a presentation by the Commission of its revised proposals for the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 and has been informed by the Cyprus presidency on the organisation of work in the second half of 2012. It has also been briefed by the Cyprus presidency on its work programme for the duration of its term of office. The Council discussed the follow-up to be given to the European Council's meeting held on 28- 29 June 2012.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival of the speakers 00:00:11
00:00:16 SOUNDBITE by Andreas Mavroyiannis, Cypriot Deputy Minister to the President for European Affairs and President in office of the Council (In English) saying that: (On the June European Council) The ambition is for all of us to do our outmost in order to manage to reach an agreement before the end of 2012 and you know that under the current circumstances and more than ever, this will be an important contribution to Europe's ability to recreate growth and jobs in the coming years. 00:00:26
00:00:42 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:04
00:00:46 SOUNDBITE by Andreas Mavroyiannis (In English) saying that: The presidency was very happy for the constructive spirit they have shown during the bilateral meetings of the last couple of weeks and we have the feeling that we are much wiser now as toward member states conscience the priorities are and this will help us find a consensual way forward in the negotiations if at all possible. 00:00:31
00:01:17 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:05
00:01:22 SOUNDBITE by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration (In English) saying that: Concerning current financial perspective and its negotiations, any delay brings uncertainty and complication if it comes to the work on budgetary planning and on top of it since the Lisbon treaty entered into force we have a new budget procedure in place where the Commission is obliged to start to work the 2014 budget already in January 2013 so it's important for us to know on what basis we should start our deliberation. 00:00:31
00:01:53 Cutaway 00:00:04
00:01:57 SOUNDBITE by Maroš Šefčovič (In English) saying that: I'm very glad that the Cyprus presidency is looking into the ways how we can better coordinate the work of the Council and the Parliament so we can progress with these very important legislative proposals in a more coordinated way; working groups in the Council, committees in the European Parliament and they are preparing the road map which would help us to coordinate better our work in the Council, in the Parliament and of course in the Commission. 00:00:32
00:02:29 SOUNDBITE by Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget (In English) saying that: The reason n°1 for the update is Croatia. Croatia is to join the family of 27 as the 28th as from the 1st of July and we need to reflect in the most transparent way what does this mean in financial terms. That means in so called commitments that we should add 13.7 billion and in payments 9.9 billion, this is for all the programs. 00:00:34
00:03:03 Cutaway 00:00:05
00:03:08 SOUNDBITE by Janusz Lewandowski (In English) saying that: The results of this revised macro-economic and regional data is that we have commitments less by 5.5 billion Euros for cohesion but the story is different for so called payments as order to reflect the development of payments for the next year, we should respect what was the commitment before and what is the commitments nowadays. 00:00:41
00:03:49 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:08
00:03:57 End 00:00:00
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