Liberal Leaders meet ahead of the European Council (13th-14th December)
Arrivals, round table, soudbites
Lieu: Concert Noble, Brussels
End production: 13/12/2012 First transmission: 13/12/2012
Liberal leaders meeting ahead of the European Council 13th-14th December
Graham Watson, President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party expresses his views on EMU and comments on Silvio Berlusconi exclusion of the EPP group
Olli REHN Vice-President of the European Commission and member of the Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs comments on the decision of the Eurogroup to give the go ahead for a 49 billion euros assistance to Greece
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||Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Party banner (2 shots)
||Arrival of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner in charge of
Research, Innovation and Science
||Arrival of Andrus ANSIP, Prime Minister of Estonia.
||Arrival of Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President in charge of
||Arrival of Guy VERHOFSTADT, (ALDE, BE)
||Arrival of Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner in charge of
Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
||Arrival of Alexander De Croo , Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium and Minister of Pensions
||Round table of meeting (15 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Graham WATSON, (ALDE, UK), President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party, "I think the main message today is to the European citizens to say, look, it has taken us 4 years but we have now put in place the mechanisms needed to make sure that Europe's economy can grow again, and to make sure that the kind of financial melt down to which we came so close can not happen again"
||SOUNDBITE (English) Graham WATSON, (ALDE, UK), President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party," I think Commissioner Rehn and the Governor of the Central Bank Mario Draghi deserve huge credit for what we have been able to achieve so far, working with the IMF we appear to have saved Europe from the brink of financial collapse."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Graham WATSON, (ALDE, UK), President of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party," I think Joseph DAUL was very brave in saying that Berlusconi is no longer welcomed in the EPP; I hope the other EPP leaders will transmit the same message. This man is under charge, of criminal wrong doing and should not be accepted in any European political party."
||Arrival of Olli REHN, Vice-President of the European Commission and member of the Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Olli REHN Vice-President of the European Commission and member of the Commission responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs, "The meeting of the Eurogroup today was a very important one and took the decision on the next disbursement for Greece of 49 billion Euros as Greece has now met the necessary conditions at this stage, that is going to remove the clouds of uncertainty that are hanging over Greece and that paves the way for investment , growth and better employment. We also discussed the situation in Cyprus, we will come back to that shortly, latest in January and we also took note of the decision this morning to create a single supervisory mechanism for Euro area banks which is a historic decision and a real breakthrough towards a genuine banking Union, which is one of the building blocks of rebuilding and reinforcing the Economic and Monetary Union."