Memoclip: Visits of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands to the European Parliament
Lieu: European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP
End production: 29/01/2013 First transmission: 29/01/2013
On two occasions Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands has had the opportunity to take the floor in front of the European Parliament during formal sittings. In 1984, she was the first crowned Head of a Member State of the European Community to adress to the European Assembly. Each time, her statements were the opportunity to express her commitment for the European integration as representative of a founding member.
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||Arrival of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix in the Chamber (European Parliament - Strasourg - 15/02/1984) - MUTE
||SOUNDBITE (DUTCH) Pieter DANKERT, EP President: "(...)You are the first crowned Head of a Member State of the European Community to be received in this way.(Applause). Moreover, you are the first Head of State of a Community country to address the House at a time when the Presidency of the Community is not held by his or her country. Two precedents are thus being set."
||SOUNDBITE (DUTCH) Her Majesty Queen Beatrix: "Mr President, Members of the European Parliament, here in the midst of your Assembly I find myself at the heart of Europe's strongest tradition, the tradition of free citizens who feel a shared responsibility for their society. This tradition evolved in the form of a parliamentary democracy."
||SOUNDBITE (DUTCH) Her Majesty Queen Beatrix: "(...) I am convinced that you will continue the pilgrimage towards a united Europe of free people with seriousness and dedication. May your voice resound throughout the Member States with a forceful appeal for unity and cooperation, for your Parliament is the conscience of Europe. The task awaiting you admits of no delay. Political democracy was born in the eighteenth century. Social democracy was born in the nineteenth century. If European democracy is to be born in the twentieth century, our task must be accomplished in only sixteen years."(The Members rose — loud and sustained applause)
||Exterior views of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
||Arrival of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix (European Parliament - Strasbourg - 26/10/2004) - Welcomed by Josep BORRELL, EP President.
||SOUNDBITE (DUTCH) Her Majesty Queen Beatrix: "(...)The Union has banned wars from its territory, has subordinated power to law, and has brought the participating countries unrivalled prosperity. Despite times of tardiness and misfortune, the unique European experiment has led to impressive results."
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Her Majesty Queen Beatrix: "Our European institutions, including your Parliament, are the pillars of that civilisation. As you acquit yourselves of the challenging task to represent 450 million Europeans, I warmly wish you the inspiration that Europe requires of all of us today."(Standing ovation)