NEW Programme of activities of the Irish Presidency: - extracts from the closing speech by Enda KENNY, Taoiseach

Type: News   Reference: 90156   Duration: 00:04:30  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 16/01/2013   First transmission: 16/01/2013
NEW Programme of activities of the Irish Presidency: - extracts from the closing speech by Enda KENNY, Taoiseach The Irish Taoiseach (Head of Government) Enda Kenny addressed the EP plenary session to present the programme and priorities of the incoming Irish presidency. After hearing the questions of the MEP's, Enda KENNY answered on the theme of Financial Tax Transaction, on the coming speech of British Prime Minister Cameron, on the later events in Northern Ireland and on what will be the intended Irish input into the EU Presidency. The Taoiseach was warmly applauded by the European Parliament.

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00:00:00 Programme of activities of the Irish Presidency: - extracts from the closing speech by Enda KENNY, Taoiseach 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Enda KENNY, Taoiseach, Council "I'd like to say to you that it is in Ireland interest that we make this an effective Presidency because I want to see our country emerge from the Programme and exit from the Programme in 2013. That's not just a good signal about Ireland, it's also a good signal about Europe". 00:00:18
00:00:28 SOUNDBITE (English) Enda KENNY, Taoiseach, Council "In respect of the Financial Transaction Tax Mister Swoboda raised a number of questions. I want you to understand Ireland has a stamp duty on transactions. We did not favoured a Financial Transaction tax because of our own international financial services centre with 45 000 jobs being so close to London. But that does not mean (applause) that we do not understand what enhanced cooperation means, and because there are more than 11 countries that now favour this, Ireland will not stand in its way and I can confirm for you, Sir, that the first item on the agenda of the Eurogroup next week under the chairmanship of the Irish Minister for Finance is the question of the Financial Transaction Tax. (applause). 00:00:50
00:01:18 SOUNDBITE (English) Enda KENNY, Taoiseach, Council "Mister Farage mentioned above respect and rights and all the rest of it. I remember here with our Taoiseach saying respect the Irish vote, we give a very strong endorsement at the fiscal stability treaty last year, despite the difficulties that people had, they said the place to be in is Europe, to place to hang on is to Euro, we see real opportunities here (applause) and when people say to me here what advice should I give to Prime Minister Cameron, I don't know what the Prime Minister is going to put in his speech, what I want you to understand is : we've a very close relationship with our British counterparts, we signed this strategic partnership agreement with them last year, 50 000 Irish people serving on the boards of British companies, as far as I'm concerned Britain has always been a fundamental part of the European Union, a driver of the Single Market, and would start to gain enormously from being tensely involved in the new trade discussions with Japan, with Canada, with India, with Singapore and most importantly of all twhen we get a mandate to open negotiation for free-trade agreement between the United States and th European Union, there's an enormous potential for everyone of us." (applause). 00:01:20
00:02:38 SOUNDBITE (English) Enda KENNY, Taoiseach, Council "The question addressed by MEP Anderson and others about the peace situation in Northern Ireland. I want you to understand Eire is deliberately with Mister Van Rumpoy, I thank the Parliament and thank the Commission and the Council over the years for their continuing support for the Peace process in Northern Ireland. Believe you me, this took politicians of all parties very many years to win a hard won peace and we are not going to loose that by thugs about those who want to disrupt that peace process and destroy the economy of Northern Ireland and the people who make that work. (applause) That's why the Parliament here here has been so important in continuing his funding for that Peace process and I thank all of you right across the spectrum for what you've done in that regard." 00:00:49
00:03:27 SOUNDBITE (English) Enda KENNY, Taoiseach, Council "In Ireland this year, we're having a major gathering, inviting people from all over the world to come to our country, and any of you who want to see our country in challenging times, is able to measures up to the conditions and still live with hope for a brighter future please and come and engage with us and you'll help us in that way, to understand that if Ireland can do this, so can Europe, we're with you, all the way thank you very much indeed. Go raibh mile maith agat! " 00:01:03
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