Review of the Cyprus Presidency:
- extracts from the Council and Commission statements
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 15/01/2013 First transmission: 15/01/2013
In the Plenary Session held in the Hemicycle this morning in Strasbourg, the Members of the Parliament reviewed Cyprus's Presidency of Council with the president of the country, Demetris CHRISTOFIAS. After the debate this morning both presidents, Martin SCHULZ and Demetris CHRISTOFIAS, Cyprus' President, offered a joint press conference.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
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||SOUNDBITE (Greek) Demetris CHRISTOFIAS, Cyprus' President, on behalf of the Council: "We firmly believe that the EU today, more than ever, needs coherent policies which safeguard social cohesion and prosperity for all European citizens. Undoubtedly what or citizens need most today is a real social Europe".
||SOUNDBITE (Greek) Demetris CHRISTOFIAS, Cyprus' President, on behalf of the Council: "The achievement of an agreement on the single patent is undoubtedly a great achievement for the EU. The inter-institutional crisis that began in June was overcome, and after more than 30 years of negotiations the relevant regulation has finally being signed. This will greatly help competitiveness and growth particularly for small and medium enterprises, the backbone of the European economy".
||SOUNDBITE (Greek) Demetris CHRISTOFIAS, Cyprus' President, on behalf of the Council: "I'm sorry to say that there is a gap between the political decision making at the level for example of the European Council, compared to what is achieved at technocratic level. It can't be that the June European Council focuses on growth and strengthening of employment, while simultaneously the technocrats who represent the Troika promote the same old failed recipes of one-sided strict austerity leading millions of European citizens into poverty, deprivation and social exclusion".
||SOUNDBITE (Greek) Demetris CHRISTOFIAS, Cyprus' President, on behalf of the Council: "The EU shouldn't give the impression that it only supports big businesses and bankers; policies granting absolute freedom to the market have led to reckless behaviour of speculators and multinational corporations. Imposing austerity measures on the peoples of Europe, disrupting growth and the social fabric, is to be abandoned. It's my firm conviction that unilateral policies of austerity are a guaranteed recipe for failure, only succeeding in making the rich richer and the poor, poorer".
||SOUNDBITE (Greek) Demetris CHRISTOFIAS, Cyprus' President, on behalf of the Council: "We talk here about peace, but a member state of the EU as 37% of its territory occupied by a country which has ambitions to be a member of the EU."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Jose Manuel BARROSO, European Commission President: "We have safeguarded the integrity of the Eurozone. We have stopped the existential threat hanging over us earlier. Of course, we must avoid any kind of complacency. As long as unemployment remains very high, the crisis is certainly not over yet. And I've been extremely clear saying that we still have a crisis in front of us, namely a social crisis, very deep in some of our Members States."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Jose Manuel BARROSO, European Commission President: "Despite the important efforts deployed by the Cyprus Presidency and by many of you in the European Parliament, we have not been able to finalise the Two Pack. And the Two Pack is essential to make progress in the economy governance within the community method. After over a year of negotiations, with thirteen trilogue meetings, I believe it's time to conclude and send, once again, the signal that Europe is capable of decisive action."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Jose Manuel BARROSO, European Commission President: "Clearly, these have been the most difficult and complex budget negotiations ever. Now, negotiations have reached a point where, I must say, further cuts risk weakening the European Union as such, while our common goal should be to strengthen our Union. The MFF is a fundamental European tool for growth, for investment, for solidarity - concrete solidarity. The Commission will continue to work towards an agreement between member states and also between our institutions. We have highlighted constantly that the approval of this Parliament is indispensable."
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