EP vote on European Semester for economic policy coordination- annual growth survey 2013: - extracts from the vote on the report Elisa FERREIRA (S&D, PT)

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End production: 07/02/2013   First transmission: 07/02/2013
Much more must be done this year to cut unemployment, thoroughly democratise EU economic governance and ensure that structural reforms foster growth, says Parliament's opinion, voted Thursday, on the European Commission’s Annual Growth Survey of the EU. This survey kicks off this year’s European Semester process of economic policy coordination among EU member states. The House adopted Mrs Elisa FERREIRA (S&D, PT) Report, but with such a number of counter-amendments that the Rapporteur personnaly voted against her own report. The Commission's emphasis on austerity was hotly contested and Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee rapporteur Elisa Ferreira (S&D) withdrew her name from the text after the vote, saying it was insufficiently critical of austerity's impact on jobs and growth, and that the vote was "a disservice to Europe's citizens". The resolution finally adopted "welcomes the spirit" of the Commission's arguments. It goes on to say that although milder austerity would have been preferable, “some Member States did not have an alternative to regain market access and see investment return”. The resolution was approved by 329 votes to 271, with 13 abstentions.

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00:00:00 TITLE : EP vote on European Semester for economic policy coordination- annual growth survey 2013: extracts from the vote on the report Elisa FERREIRA (S&D, PT) 00:00:00
00:00:00 Close shot of Rapporteur Elisa FERREIRA (S&D, PT) indicating she will vote against her own report. 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. 00:00:05
00:00:10 Opening of the vote. 00:00:25
00:00:35 Display of the result of the vote : 613 voting 329 in favour 271 against 13 abstentions 00:00:04
00:00:39 SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Elisa FERREIRA (S&D, PT) Rapporteur, within the hemicycle : English translation : "This report was a hugely important report, and essentially it spells out what the Parliament wishes to say to the Commission and the Council in defining economic policy for 2013. I worked very hard to get a message which was supported by a broad consensus but I had to conclude that the different parties and political groups trumped the desire to have a strong united voice for the European parliament. This is one of the worst crisis in history : unemployment is rocketing so I think citizens expect more rather than this conformity and bowing under to austerity policies. All we need to do is to inject a little bit of flexibility into austerity measures so as to bring about growth in the eurozone and we can get at least 0.7% growth. In refusing recalibrating economical parameters what we're doing is generating an unstoppable downward recession spiral. I don't accept this result, I want it to be minuted that I'm voting against my own report and I would like to withdraw my name from it." 00:01:14
00:01:53 SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Elisa FERREIRA (S&D, PT) Rapporteur English translation : "There were three points : one is assess the quality of your austerity measures, and try to adjust a path and the amount of austerity to the reality. The second message was taking into consideration the role of this Parliament and the role of the citizens in this process. And the third message was : start doing clear things to combat tax fraud and tax evasion, because the charge on the shoulder of the common citizen is becoming too strong, we cannot go on with this. And these 3 messages they were all rejected by the majority of this Parliament and I deeply regret this fact. I think this is not the reason why we were elected by citizens." 00:00:44
00:02:37 SOUNDBITE (Portuguese) Elisa FERREIRA (S&D, PT) Rapporteur English translation : "We have worked on models and we have concluded that we are overdoing the austerity efforts, we are doing 130 billions and we could reduce this by 85 billions and we would be inside the framework allowed by the Treaties and by the legislation on Europe, and by doing that the growth would be stimulated by 0.7%. Can we forget this ? Can we ignore this ? At this moment ? So this message has got to come across, and I believe that unfortunately it will be through the degradation of the situation that we'll end up accepting this measures but too late and with too much sacrifice for the European citizens, because it will be too late for a lot of them." 00:00:51
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