Debate on the future of the European Union: - MEPs statements

Type: News   Reference: 90150   Duration: 00:04:32  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 15/01/2013   First transmission: 15/01/2013
After Werner FAYMANN, Chancellor of Austria addressed European Parliament within the debate on the future of the European Union, MEP's reacted this afternoon to the speech. Chairs of the political Groups welcomed the Chancellor engagement toward a genuine solidarity among Member States. Chair of EPP Group Joseph Daul underscored the need for more Europe in different fields such as tax harmonization, and Chair of S&D Group Hannes Swoboda asked for decisive funding in the struggle against youth unemployment. Guy Verhofstadt, Chair of the ALDE Group, strongly condemned the possibility for a single Member State to unilaterally renegotiate its relationship within the EU, considering that a "Europe à la carte" would sign the end of the Single Market and possibly of the Union itself.

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00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (Français) Joseph DAUL, MEP (EPP, FR) Chair of EPP Group English translation : "We need more Europe and we need more harmonization. The deficit in Europe is very expensive for us, especially where there is a lack of common rules for unemployment, social protection pensions." 00:00:18
00:00:28 SOUNDBITE (Français) Joseph DAUL, MEP (EPP, FR), Chair of EPP Group English translation : "On the fiscal side there is fiscal dumping among the Member States. I'm not talking about harmonizing tax rates but we should at least have the same tax basis in Europe, that's very important. We cannot go on with this situation where we don't have an inheritance tax and others where you do, where there is distortion of competition. We're not talking about equalizing, we're talking about more transparency. From a banking point of view, we would like to, Chancellor for example, to have Austria and Luxemburg to implement the 2003 directive on savings. This allows some people to escape taxes and this is something that we can't have in the European Union, and you said that." 00:00:55
00:01:23 SOUNDBITE (Français) Joseph DAUL, MEP (EPP, FR), Chair of EPP Group English translation : "We can't have a situation where you benefit from the Single Market and then on the other side refuse to help people in need. That's something that you've worked with well and that you've tried to help people and Austria has functioned as a good model as it has benefit from the Single Market ." 00:00:25
00:01:48 SOUNDBITE (German) Hannes SWOBODA,, MEP (S&D, AT), Chair of S&D Group English translation : "Of course there is the question of combating youth unemployment , we want to have the Youth Guarantee and this is what we are calling for in Europe : not just a voluntary measure from certain countries, it should be a common European action, and what Commissioner proposed is good but we must go one step further, we must have the means available through the social fund, that's why the budget is so important, , it doesn't make any sense to speak in favour of the Youth Guarantee and cutting back on the social Fund means. We want to have a stronger and fairer battle against unemployment, that is our main claim." 00:00:37
00:02:25 SOUNDBITE (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT, MEP (ALDE, BE) Chair of ALDE Group "We need one European union. A single European Union. And not a European Union à la carte as we have today : with opt ins and opt outs, and derogations, and exceptions, and rebates. Believe me, I think that what kills the Union today is that Union "à la carte". You have the Union of the 6, that's the founding fathers. You have the Union of the 12, that is the minimum required to start with the fiscal compact. You have the Union of the 15, you have the Union of the 17, that's the Euro area, you have the Union of the 25 also, that's the European Patent, that is Schenghen, and you have the normal Union, the Union of the 27. You have to recognize, Mister Chairman, that the Union is a strange animal. A strange animal : some Member States are not obliged to participate in union Policies, where other countries are invited and allowed, from outside the Union, to participate in our policy, Schenghen for example." 00:01:07
00:03:32 SOUNDBITE (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT, MEP (ALDE, BE) Chair of ALDE Group "If you can pick and choose what shall be left of the Single Market ? If the French for example ay "we like the industrial policy, we don't like the competition rules, or the German all say : we like the Single market in goods, but not the Single market in services. What shall be left of the Single market ? Let's be honest, and let Mister Cameron be honest about it : a renegotiation as he wants means in fact the end of the Single Market and in fact the end of the European Union." 00:00:35
00:04:07 CUTAWAYS : 6 shots 00:00:25
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