Visit of a delegation from the Irish government to the EC: extracts from the joint press briefing by José Manuel Barroso and Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach)
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 03/10/2012 First transmission: 03/10/2012
On 3 October 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received the visit of
Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), at the European Commission in Brussels.
Following their meeting, they held a press briefing and talked about the organisation of the next Presidency of the Council of the European Union which will be held by Ireland for six month from January 1st on. The discussions covered the issues that are likely to feature prominently on the EU agenda during the Irish presidency, among them banking union, the EU's budget for 2014-2020, the development of the Single Market, trade relations, the Digital Agenda, and reform of the Common Agricultural and Common Fisheries Policies. The Irish Government will underline the need for stability in the Eurozone as a pre-requisite to advancing policies that can contribute most to European growth and jobs. The European response to the ongoing challenges in the euro area, as well as Ireland's recovery are also expected to be analysed in some depth. Irish Presidency begins on 1st January 2013, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Ireland's accession to the European Union.
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||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach), to the press briefing, at the European Comminssion in Brussels
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): We had a series of meetings ahead of Ireland's seventh Presidency of the Council of Ministers, where we have agreed that our top priority must be growth.
We have a growth strategy. Our Europe 2020 Strategy which sets out practical ways we can breathe new life into our economies. At national level, Member States must continue to reform their economies to make them more competitive, while preserving essential investments in research, education and also protecting the most vulnerable.
At the European level, we are breaking down the barriers that stifle growth in the Single Market. Just today, we have adopted a second package of 12 proposals, called the Single Market Act II, to do just that.
Our strategy also relies on investing in growth, for which we need a budget that is fit for that purpose. We have reached a critical stage in the negotiations on the Multiannual Financial Framework. Neither the Taoiseach nor I want this to fall to the Irish Presidency to finalise.
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||Soundbite by Enda Kenny (in ENGLISH): We want to see banking union becoming a reality. Not just one element of that but the entire process as prior the decision in order to demonstrate that the link between sovereign debt and bank debt has been broken. That means, as I said, leaders have to act with confidence and decisiveness.
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||Soundbite by Enda Kenny (in ENGLISH): Both the Ministers for Jobs and Enterprises and the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade have discussed the question of the concluding elements of the trade agreements with Canada but also the opening of fresh opportunities between the European Union and the United States. There is clearly a phenomenal potential in the decades ahead. We have also expressed our support to the strong attachment that Members of the Union have to human rights and development issues that surround that.
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