Meeting of the EP Conference of Presidents with the incoming Irish Presidency of the Council:
- meeting between the Irish Government and the Conference of Presidents
Lieu: Dublin, Ireland
End production: 29/11/2012 First transmission: 29/11/2012
Ahead of the Irish Presidency which begins in January 2013, EP President Martin Schulz and leaders of the political groups in the European Parliament were in Dublin on Thursday to meet the Taoiseach and the Irish government. On the occasion of the visit President Schulz said: "The Irish Presidency comes at a crucial time for the European Union, and I have full confidence in the Presidency as it is well-prepared. The European Parliament will work closely with the Irish Presidency to get Europe back on track, be it through banking supervision legislation, adopting an ambitious budget for the Union, or through the implementation of the European Semester. This will be Ireland's seventh Presidency of the European Union and 2013 will also mark Ireland's 40th anniversary in the Union - I have full confidence that Ireland and rest of the EU will return to the path of sustainable growth."
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||Exterior shots of the Dublin Castle
||Arrival of Martin SCHULZ, EP President, to the Dublin Castle. Welcome by Enda KENNY, Taoiseach and Eamon GILMORE, Tánaiste.
||Arrival to the Press Conference: Martin SCHULZ, EP President, Edna KENNY, Taoiseach and Eamon GILMORE, Tánaiste.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Edna KENNY, Taoiseach: "Let me tell you President SCHULZ that the Irish Presidency will be in the business after solutions because that's what the people and the citizens expect, and they expect nothing less. And 2013, next year, is after all the European year of the citizen."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Edna KENNY, Taoiseach: "Making a difference, will actually be the test of the Irish Presidency, and that we have applied when selecting our own policy priorities. And those policy priorities are stability and jobs and growth, and I am speaking here about European and financial governance that fixes our banking system in a way that will last for the future".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Edna KENNY, Taoiseach: "So I look forward, together with the governments, with my colleagues, to getting down to work, as a recovery country, leading to a recovery Europe. The preparations are nearly over, we are ready to do business as Presidency, as starting in just few weeks time".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Eamon GILMORE, Tánaiste: "I can tell you President Schulz that Ireland stands ready to execute an effective and an efficient Presidency and we are already thinking about our role in relation to pushing for a deal on the European Union budget, which is certainly high on my agenda as Chair of the General Affairs Council, and I will work together with the Taoiseach and with President Van Rompuy and President Schulz to do everything we can to facilitate a good deal on that budget as soon as possible next year".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "To get Europe back on track we need concrete decisions, not only solemn declarations. I have a lot of trust to the Irish Presidency and to the efficiency of your government to negotiate in a way that we can find a fair deal between the member states and when we've found such a deal, between the member states and the European Parliament, because, whatever you will agree on, must be ratified with a qualified majority in the European Parliament".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "An important point for the European Parliament is to keep to the promise we all, the governments, the Commission and the Parliament gave to our citizens, that this disaster we show over the last 5 years, specially on the financial markets, as a result of irresponsible speculation, should not be repeated. And therefore we need more regulation on the financial markets".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "I know that in a country which has been severely affected by the crisis and is still under enormous pressure, the understanding for such a necessity is higher than in other countries and therefore I have a lot of hope that our cooperation during the Irish Presidency will be fruitful."
||Cutaways, exiting the press conference.
||Arrival of Martin SCHULZ, EP President, Edna KENNY, Taoiseach and Eamon GILMORE, Tánaiste, to the Conference of Presidents meeting. Taking the seat, ambience shots before the meeting starts.