Special meeting from the European Council:
- arrival of Martin SCHULZ, EP President
- extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 22/11/2012 First transmission: 22/11/2012
On Thursday 22nd November the EP President Martin SCHULZ addressed the European heads of state and government as a kick-off of the European Summit in which European leaders have to decide on the future of the European budget for the next 7 years. Two different views are confronted in this summit: "the friends of cohesion", wanting to increase or at least maintain the EU budget, versus "the friends of better spending", willing to make cuts. President Martin SCHULZ said in his speech: "The two approaches are often seen as being irreconcilable and incompatible. This is not the case, however. The European Parliament’s position combines the two approaches." President SCHULZ called for maintaining the budgetary framework proposed by the Commission and reminded to EU leaders that the EP will not approve just any agreement: "The further your compromise proposal departs from the Commission proposal, the likelier it is to be rejected by the European Parliament."
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||Exterior shots of the EU Council headquarters, ambience shots at the press room.
||Arrival of Martin SCHULZ, EP President
||Ambience shots prior the round table meeting, EP President Martin SCHULZ arrival to the meeting room, talks with heads of state and government.
||EP President talks with EC President Jose Manuel Barroso.
||EP President takes his seat at the meeting.
||Press Conference - SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "We in the EP believe that the commonly agreed aims by the Institutions, those aims that which have been set up in the Europe 2020 Strategy can be achieved if given proper funding. In the Parliament we have defined what the funding should be, with a framework which basically coincides with what has been proposed by the Commission in terms of figures. We are talking about 1.2% of member states GDP."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "I know that we need to compromise and also show responsibility, but I have to repeat you what I said to the heads of state and government: "the further they move away from the figures put on the table by the Commission, then the higher the probability will be that there will not be a majority for them in the European Parliament"
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "I cannot tell you with any certainty, but my impression is that there are some members of the Council who want agreement at any prize. There are some other members of the Council who don't want to have agreement at any prize; they have certain questions as regards the quality of the budget and its internal structure and the effects of cut backs. And that means that views are really confronted, so I can't imagine an agreement being achieved".
||Cutaways (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "We are very near to the proposal of the Commission and the more the heads of states and government, with a possible compromise - and I must say that I don't see the compromise, but let's presume there will be a compromise, as far as the compromise is from the proposal of the Commission, as more is possible that the parliament will refuse such a compromise".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "If the Parliament will not agree, if we won't ratify the compromise, then we must restart the negotiation. We must not immediately go to annual budgets. It is absolutely possible to restart the negotiation if the first round fails, to go to a next round. If this is not reached by the member states, then we fall back to the rhythm of annual budgets and then the budget 2013 is the basis for the budget 2014".
||Cutaways (2 shots)