European Council: - arrival of Martin SCHULZ, EP President - extracts from the press conference - statement

Type: News   Reference: 90200   Duration: 00:05:31  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - EC
End production: 07/02/2013   First transmission: 07/02/2013
"The proposed reductions in the EU budget – for example in the areas of transport infrastructure, broadband networks, the Erasmus Programme and rural development – are nothing other than real cuts whose impact ordinary people will feel in their daily lives. For example, funding for food banks is to be cut by half, even though they are providing more and more people with their only meal of the day. Making cuts here is at odds with the key value underpinning the European Union – solidarity", said Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament adressing the European Council this evening. Tough negotiations are expected a over the rebates that five member states currently receive from the Union's budget. Britain's rebate, worth €3.6bn in 2011. Austria is also fighting to keep its rebate, which was eliminated in Van Rompuy's proposal. "After all, the EU budget is not money for Brussels; it is money for ordinary people in Europe. A total of 94% of our budget is channelled directly back to the Member States, to the regions and to ordinary people, or is invested in measures to help us achieve our foreign policy priorities" added President Schulz.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the European Council 00:00:05
00:00:10 Arrival of Martin Schulz, EP President 00:00:18
00:00:28 00.28 SOUNDBITE (German) Martin Schulz, EP President “The term I used was that the EU is in danger, probably it’s a lethal . Europe can split up and today we have to find an answer to the question of what kind of EU we want to have". 00:00:21
00:00:49 Entering in to the meeting room, Martin Schulz, EP President speaking with David Cameron UK Prime Minister 00:00:07
00:00:56 Martin Schulz, EP President speaking with Jean Claude Junker, Luxembourg Prime minister 00:00:14
00:01:10 Handshake Martin Schulz, EP President speaking with Angela Merkel, German chancellor 00:00:22
00:01:32 Martin Schulz, EP President speaking with François Holande,French President 00:00:24
00:01:56 General view of the round table of the European Council. 00:00:04
00:02:00 Extracts of the PRESS CONFERENCE SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, EP President “Dramatic measures have to be taken to get our of the situation . This is one of the reasons why the Parliament is extremely sceptical about the proposals which are currently on the table . I also said there fore that we can not agree that in order to maintain agricultural payments and cohesion payments on the one hand, we should cut back on innovation and promotion of new technologies and the research framework programmes, youth exchanges and international cooperation, all in the name of cutting the general budget . this area is have been cut very drastically in this evening proposal”. 00:01:01
00:03:01 SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, EP President If one said no , and is usually the same one each time, than we are all going to a big stop. 00:00:06
00:03:07 SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President “The European Parliament suggested during the last 3 years , figures, political priorities, structure of the spending and some major changes of the budgetary methods. For example this gap between engagements and payments which is leading to a real permanent deficit , a flexibility clause , an own resources system; own resources for the EU is the best way to reduce the pressure on the national budgets”. 00:00:45
00:03:52 SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President I had the opportunity to meet the British Finance Minister Osborn in Davos. He made interesting observation: Fro UK, he said, binding is the payment, not the engagement. That means that a finance minister of a member state said something which is clearly opposite. That means ‘you can decide engagements, but I pay only my payments.’.….. This is against the Treaty… and that’s comes from a finance minister of a country which is not sure if will be until the end of the period still a member; this is also a contribution for our financial planning”. 00:00:45
00:04:37 Cutaways press room (3 shots) 00:00:14
00:04:51 SOUNDBITE (English) Martin SCHULZ, EP President "The budgetary debate we faced today, it is not only a debate about figures, it’s a debate about the spirit of Europe". 00:00:07
00:04:58 SOUNDBITE (German) Martin SCHULZ, EP President "A budget as it was suggested now with such an enormous cut, and this complete change of the priorities, it is for sure very difficult for the EP to accept, and by the way the biggest problem is that its underway to a permanent deficit to the European budget, and this is forbidden. I think the overwhelming majority of the EP agreed that we must reduce budgetary deficit on the national levels, but than, we can logically not allow, to create an enormous deficit at the European level". 00:00:33
00:05:31 END 00:00:00
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