European Semester:

Type: News   Reference: 90185   Duration: 00:03:51  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 05/02/2013   First transmission: 05/02/2013
- extracts from the Joint debate - Background: The annual growth survey marks the start of the "European Semester" economic policy coordination process, which aims to ensure that member states align their economic and budgetary plans with the EU Stability and Growth Pact and the Europe 2020 strategy. The survey covers to the EU as a whole, but country-specific recommendations will be included later.

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00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (French): Jean-Paul GAUZÈS , (EPP, FR): "The situation is paradoxical because the rapporteur for the European Semester gave its report as it has been voted upon, but it is a democracy and it is votes that count, if you don't compromise people return to their initial position, that is what happened and it was not surprising, because I said right from the beginning in ECON that the Ferreira report was totally inacceptable for us in the EPP." 00:00:36
00:00:46 SOUNDBITE (French): Pervenche BERÈS (S&D, FR): "Mr Gauzes you have a strange idea of democracy in this particular example, you ask us to start with your report, now your report was fine last year, but it was last's years report, since then one of two things have happened. For example Francois Hollande has been elected as French President, secondly the austerity situation got worse and worse, for example the FMI has recognized that the multiplier that Mr Rehn is using to impact the austerity is having on the member states being published and they are against it now, academic way is not contested, what does your political group think about the multiplier effect?" 00:00:42
00:01:28 SOUNDBITE (English): Marian HARKIN, (ALDE, Ireland): "We asked the differentiated fiscal consolidation should apply across different Member States and that it is managed in a growth friendly way. We also asked for programmes to be evaluated with regard to the impact on growth and social inclusion and for social indicators alongside economic ones, and finally we asked the COM along with the IMF to look again at their fiscal multipliers that have been consistently underestimated the impact of consolidation and growth, because Commissioners if we don't have good data then we can't make good policy decisions." 00:00:36
00:02:04 SOUNDBITE (Dutch): Marije CORNELISSEN , (VERTS/ALE, NL): "The report from the ECON committee on the other hand is one big mess. That committee should be ashamed of the way this report was produced; politicians who allow themselves to be talked into anything; they are making a mockery of the democratic process in this Parliament and the citizens of Europe who will benefit by politicians that cooperate are simply left out in the cold." 00:00:31
00:02:35 SOUNDBITE (German): Werner LANGEN( EPP, DE): "Here the measures that have been voted by all member states did not bring the effect for example in the growth and stability pact, also that idea that you have to tackle reforms in certain areas to allow better competition capacity. (Reference to the Ferreira report) Now all of this is falling on countries with budget surpluses as Ms Ferreira wants it, but that would be a mistake." 00:00:25
00:03:00 SOUNDBITE (German): Werner LANGEN( EPP, DE): "Prices went up too much in Southern Europe because the salaries didn't stick within the general level, because people consumed too much, with this kind of lack competitiveness looking at Greece against Turkey, we see a difference of 40 percent in the area of tourism. While in Italy and also in Spain, 20 to 30 percent less competitive than in North-Middle Europe. These are things which are part of the National responsibility of Member states, there is no European solution for these things, the European budget is not big enough, powers are not sufficient, if Europe is not going to transpose its legal prevision then we are going to have problems." 00:00:45
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