European Parliamentary Week on the European Semester for Economic Policy Coordination:
- extracts from the concluding Plenary session
EPRef90176 // European Parliament , Brussels
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 30/01/2013 First transmission: 30/01/2013
This morning was held the concluding plenary session of the European Parlamentary Week on the European Semester for the Economic Policy Coordination. Today Martin SCHULZ, EP Parliament; José Manuel Durão Barroso, EC Pressident; Van Rompuy, President of Council and Sean Barrett, Irish Parliament Chair in representation of the Irish Presidency in the Council spoke to the MEP's together with around 100 national MP's. Three objectives were finally concluded in order to better coordinate European economic policies: to increase the member state budgetary discipline, to prevent and correct excessive deficits or surpluses and to monitor progress to achieve the EU 2020 growth and employment targets.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Brussels
||Cutaways prior to the meeting , presidency, (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English) by José Manuel BARROSO, EC President, "My first message to you is that efforts at EU and National level are worthwhile. They are not in vain. But and this my next message, exactly with the same level of intensity, there is no room for complaisance."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by José Manuel BARROSO, EC President, "Unemployment and particularly youth unemployment is a huge concern for all of us. In 12 of our 27 Member States, youth unemployment is higher than 25 % ."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by José Manuel BARROSO, EC President," The MFF is the one but indispensable part of our response to the economic crisis, It is essential for growth, competitiveness, and jobs ."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by José Manuel BARROSO, EC President," Frankly , I can not see how some governments that are speaking about the need to support growth rightly so and to support competitiveness rightly so, when it comes to the discussion of the most important instrument we have at EU level to promote investment the answer is not sop clear?"
||SOUNDBITE (English) by José Manuel BARROSO, EC President," If we wish to return to a lasting growth it is essential that we take action on three fronts; first in the Member States themselves, by making structural reforms that will enable them to balance their public accounts and increase the competitiveness of their economy..."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by José Manuel BARROSO, EC President, "Our common focus should continue on reforms for more flexible labour, product and services markets, this is key for competitiveness."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by José Manuel BARROSO, EC President,"...Second , in the Euro area , by taking specific measures that will make it possible to improve the governance , action and effectiveness of the budgetary policies of the various countries, and third , in the 27,28 Member States, by reinforcing the accountability and solidarity mechanism which will include a deepening of the economic and monetary Union as well as progress towards a political Union with heightened scrutiny and democratic control of the new functions at the EU level"
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Herman VAN ROMPUY, EU Council President," It is simply not possible to accumulate successive double digits deficits in a country's budget or current account on the balance of payments and not suffer any consequences, that amounts to putting people's future at risk."
SOUNDBITE (English) by Herman VAN ROMPUY, EU Council President," There is always a time lack between the return of stability and the resumption of growth, and there is a time lack between the resumption of economic growth and improvement in employment, dear colleagues , we must focus all our efforts in shortening those time lacks, in other words, speeding up the recovery, speeding up the rebound employment ."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Herman VAN ROMPUY, EU Council President," Our competitiveness is under constant pressure, and not just from emerging powers such as China, the US for example is witnessing a spectacular reduction in energy costs thanks to the new discoveries and is effectively on the verge of reindustrialization."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Herman VAN ROMPUY, EU Council President, "I am also aware of the need to ensure that all our procedures are democratically accountable and visibly so. In this the role of the Parliament, is vital, the EP and National parliaments are not rivals; there are two sides of the same coin."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Sean BARRETT, Chair of the Irish Parliament, "We need to do more and communicate more openly with citizens about the benefits of EU membership."
||SOUNDBITE (English) by Sean BARRETT, Chair of the Irish Parliament ," I would like to see on our TV channel the proceedings of the EP (applause) , Parliament be shown on a regular basis, I'd like to see the committees of the EP be shown, I would like to see Commission's meetings being shown on our TV channel, I'd like to see Council meetings being shown on TV channels."
||SOUNDBITE (German) by Martin SCHULZ, EP president," We have the EP TV Channel which we can easily network in with the national parliament channels? I take up that point , I will do it, if the Irish starts everybody else will follow, I am sure."
||Cutaways (5 shots)