Dialogue with Churches and Non-Confessional Organisations:

Type: News   Reference: 87912   Duration: 00:03:24  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 14/11/2012   First transmission: 14/11/2012
- Opening statement by Martin SCHULZ, EP President Todays meeting will focus on the theme Intergenerational solidarity, which becomes more important due to the fact that an ageing population leads to demographic imbalances that can create social tensions.

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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium, (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 Interior, atmospheric shots before the opening of the exchange of views, (10 shots) 00:00:34
00:00:44 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "We need to strike the right balance here, we need to strike the right balance in the Parliament and the other institutions too, but especially here. We must strike the right balance and this balance has to be struck in the discussions and debates which we engage with different cultural and religious groups here in Europe's society." 00:00:37
00:01:21 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "I would like to repeat this is a key importance for our society, this capacity to continue developing peacefully. Now we are facing some dramatic circumstances, there are increasing conflicts between generations. Partly because of the enormous economic problems we are facing, this conflict is also increasing due to imbalanced economic development within the EU. Another factor is the demographic developments in Europe. Now in view of this, the debate about solidarity is a key importance and perhaps the key subject in all EU policy areas. We are discussion EU budget at the moment and the EU budget, when we are discussing the budget there is a lot of worry about that solidarity is under attack in Europe. Solidarity between countries and within countries, between different social groups, there is something under threat and we must try to guard against this. So we need engage in dialogue how we can organise this defence of solidarity, we need to discuss how this debate can be organised." 00:01:41
00:03:02 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "The debate between religious and un-religious groups, we can help to ensure the stability of our society." 00:00:10
00:03:12 cut away shots, (3 shots) 00:00:12
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