Martin SCHULZ, EP President meets with Young Leaders from the EU, Israel and Palestine: arrival and roundtable and extracts
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 05/12/2012 First transmission: 05/12/2012
For the fifth time, the President of the European Parliament invites Israeli, Palestinian and European young leaders involved in the public domain through political bodies, NGOs, social movements and business ventures to a training that offers a unique occasion to exchange political and individual experiences and establish interpersonal relationships in a joint, neutral environment.
This year, participants from Egypt and Jordan will join in order to widen the horizon and to reflect the ongoing socio-political changes in the region.
The seminar combines debates on the current situation with regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with reflexions on a fundamental, cross-cutting issue which this year is dedicated to the involvement of the social media youth generation in politics, and to the financial crisis and the future of the EU.
Participants will actively contribute in shaping the contents of the event. Several MEPs and senior experts will join the group, share their experiences and engage in dialogue.
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
||Arrival of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament (4 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English), Martin Schulz: the fact that the leaders of the member states of the European Union and also those who represent the institutions of the European Union are completely absorbed by the internal problems of the EU, leads to the fact of a kind of absence of the EU as a player, in some of our major challenges for the time being and one of the major challenges is the situation in the Middle East, the development within Israel, the development within Palestine, the development of the relations between Israel and Palestine.
||SOUNDBITE (English), Tamar Shchory, Vice-President of the World Jewish Congress: I do think that the EU should take a more increased role on what is going on in our region, you spoke about the United States, I for instance feel that President Obama and the United States weren't involved enough, we do need a moderator to help us come to this table, we say that we need it.
||SOUNDBITE (English), Martin Schulz: My proposal is always to the External Action Service of the EU, to Lady Ashton, to José Manuel Barroso and even to my colleagues here in the European Parliament, to be sufficiently courageous by saying we will never overcome the problem that the EU is unable to act, if we allow the member states to continue on their very specific, particular national interests and backgrounds. We need a common European approach.
||SOUNDBITE (English), Mustafa Alami, Palestinian businessman: we need to end the occupation and we need a policy of attracting foreign investment in Palestine. You have a pool of talent of young educated people in Palestine, with no jobs, with no prospects of having good jobs, that is why a lot of them are thinking of leaving, going to the Gulf working or even emigrating to North America in the United States and Europe to work. Some, but the great majority chooses to stay with a very, very bad prospect. I want to highlight the cost of the occupation and the EU policy of aid to Palestine which I think is not sustainable in the long run.
||Cutaway of the roundtable (12 shots)