European Semester for economic policy coordination - implementation of 2012 priorities:
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 25/10/2012 First transmission: 25/10/2012
- extracts from the debate
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||EXterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, France (1 shot)
||SOUNDBITE (French): Jean-Paul GAUZES, (EPP,FR), rapporteur: "The COM proposals must be approved by Council before this can then be reflected in a National budget, before this can happen, what is required as far as democratic scrutiny is concerned is a full understanding and a proper coordination with National Parliaments. Now we know, I'm sure that you all agree with me here and you won't mind me saying that not all our parliamentarians at National level fully understand the way the Community machinery works and perhaps there is a tendency to see the European level overtaking and perhaps that raises the question of National sovereignty,"
||SOUNDBITE (French): Jean-Paul GAUZES, (EPP,FR), rapporteur: "I would like to explain that Members of the EP do not intend to interfere or meddle in the way in which National Parliaments are run, at all."
||SOUNDBITE (English): Karel DE GUCHT, European Commission responsible for Trade: "The economic adjustment programmes do include important growth enhancing structural reforms, covering the most urgent issues in the respective Member states economies. The COM has deliberately decided to issue one Single specific recommendation for programme countries asking them to implement the measures as led down in the respective programmes. Therefore all efforts should concentrate on programme implementation which covers the most urgent priorities for the countries concerned."
||SOUNDBITE (French): Catherine TRAUTMANN, (S&D, FR), speaking on behalf the BUDG committee: "Firstly the mechanism shouldn't be simply be a formal supervisory mechanism for looking at budgets at Member states through the COM. No there should be genuine in depths cooperation between the EP and National Parliaments respecting our relative powers and ensuring democratic scrutiny."
||SOUNDBITE (English): Malcolm HARBOUR, (European Conservatives and Reformists Group, UK); speaking on behalf of the IMCO committee: "The COM has clearly important responsibilities and it is important that they call to account jointly in that process. I think that we feel from our experience now, since 99 as a committee, that now we have a Single market act in place, which has set down very clear specific commitments about actions not just to be introduced or to reform legislation at the EU level, but enforcement and implementation of those policies at Member State level. That there is time how to incorporate this more formally into the Semester process."
||SOUNDBITE (Portugese): Elisa FERREIRA, (S&D, PT): "We are talking about countries not being able to control their own destiny's, so we need to find a more settle approach and above we need to ensure that these recommendations can guarantee coherence between the short and long term objectives. And the short term once with focus mainly on convergence and discipline. Secondly there has to be a certain amounts of coherence with the conclusion to be drawn from an analysis from macro economic imbalances, in particular the fact that common policies are very often not coordinated and we have spill over from some Member states to others."
||SOUNDBITE (French): Sylvie GOULARD, (ALDE, FR): "20 years after the signature of Maastricht we have finally realised that it makes sense to discuss things with the National Parliaments, it is not exactly a light bulb moment really. It makes sense when you are looking at budgets that you have a dialogue, that you have discussion and you do this both at the EU and National level, but it is complicated too, because of the sensitivities, because of the perception of sovereignty. Some people understand it as shared other see it as pure in form."
||SOUNDBITE (French): Sylvie GOULARD, (ALDE, FR): "How can be transport the ideas into concrete? How over the years can we ensure that we give it proper content, so that we don't just have a debate between the EP and the National Parliament, which is simply useful!"
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