Single Market Week Launch:
extracts from the welcoming address by
- José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC
- Malcolm R HARBOUR (ECR, UK), Chairman of the EP Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 15/10/2012 First transmission: 15/10/2012
Under the slogan ''Together for new growth'' the Single Market Week was officially kicked off today with a launch event in the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was welcomed by José Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission and Malcolm R HARBOUR (ECR, UK), Chairman of the EP Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection.
The Single Market Week will take place from 15 to 20 October and will bring together policy-makers, social partners, businesses and citizens to discuss the achievements and challenges of the single market. Over 200 national events will be organised all over Europe in the days and weeks following 15 October.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||External shot of the EP, Brussels.
||Arrivals, ambience shots before the launching of the event (9 shots)
||Cutaways on the audience, extracts from the video on the 20th anniversary of the Single Market (10 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) Jose Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission: "During this period of crisis there are many temptations to renationalise economies to fall back on national identities and let's not forget that the single market is still the cornerstone of European integration and sustainable growth."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Jose Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission: "Recently in the European Council I've been seeing a greater degree of openness, a greater interest amongst member states to cooperate in this field. I see a new dynamism emerging - frankly it hasn't always been there. But now I think our governments have understood just how important it is for the single market to be properly implemented so that it can actually represent added value it can serve as a important lever with which to obtain growth and I'm delighted to see this new consensus on the matter of the single market and how it is implemented no only in theory but in practice."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Jose Manuel BARROSO, President of the European Commission: "It was the genius of the founding fathers of the European Union to create this political progress on an economic foundation so that we have a de facto interdependence with all these mechanisms that enable us to run a fully integrated market, and we need to strengthen that economic foundation if we are to make it possible to make a stronger union in the interests of our peoples throughout Europe and that's what the single market is all about. It is part of our ambitious project for a stronger Europe and I simply wanted to recall this fact." (End of speech and applause).
||SOUNDBITE (English) Malcolm R HARBOUR (ECR, UK), Chairman of the EP Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection: "Parliament has been constantly vigilant in looking for ways in which to respond to citizens concerns about their frustrations and their inabilities to access the real benefits of the single market - I think mobile phone roaming is probably the most prominent feature of that."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Malcolm R HARBOUR (ECR, UK), Chairman of the EP Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection: "Dealing with problems about lack of mutual recognition, lack of observance of the rules and making them simpler and easier to implement where we have problems and that is going to be a new challenge for future Parliaments and for future members of this Committee, and I know I speak on behalf of all my colleagues in saying that we will continue to be deeply engaged with that process in delivering the single market that we want for consumers, for citizens, for enterprises, for jobs and for growth." (End of speech and applause).
||Cutaways (three shots)