"Europe's choice - breakthrough or muddle through?":

Type: News   Reference: 90174   Duration: 00:02:53  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 25/01/2013   First transmission: 25/01/2013
- extracts from the press conference by Martin SCHULZ, EP President Background: The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz held a press conference on the prospects of the European Parliament and the European Union in 2013. It was the opportunity to discuss with journalists issues ranging from the upcoming EU Summit, the negotiations over the next Multiannual Financial Framework, to economic governance, banking, fiscal and political union and Prime Minister Cameron's speech on Europe.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "No other country has had more flexible and generous treatment than Britain from its partners, so when I read this speech then I wonder what this great evil that British see in Europe is. You almost think that the EU is an occupying enemy, so that it is clear what Mr Cameron is trying to do, he has a political goal and that is to have a deregulated free market in Europe." 00:00:38
00:00:48 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "We do need reforms, the EU must be more transparent and it must be more democratic and it must be more efficient and it must be more socially fair, but that's not going to be achieved by splitting up the EU, what we have to do is to strengthen out our cooperation." 00:00:20
00:01:08 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "We want a stronger Union however in which the countries cooperate and not where they take a position against one another." 00:00:10
00:01:18 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "I'm talking about the 2013 budget; it is underfunded to the tune of 12 Billion Euros. We are going have to agree on a supplementary amending budget. And I only signed up for the budget 2012 on the condition that we would not have a deficit budget in 2013 that we have at the moment." 00:00:22
00:01:40 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "All the propaganda factors that the Heads of State want to do, want to focus on as part of the modernisation of the Europe that's where we have to make our cut. I don't think that Head of States and government think that we in Parliament can agree to that. One hand you got everybody happy with agriculture policy, cohesion is happy with that, but what about the modernisation of the budget? In addition to all that for years now we have been in a situation that in the end of the year the rest of the unused budget goes back into the coffers of the member states." 00:00:52
00:02:32 SOUNDBITE (German): Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "If we do have a recovery we got to urgently make sure that there is more fairness between the member states and within the member states." 00:00:10
00:02:42 cut away shots, (2 shots) 00:00:11
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