Extraordinary European Council of Brussels: joint press conference by José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy
Type: Complete press conference
End production: 23/11/2012 First transmission: 23/11/2012
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, gave a joint press conference following the Extraordinary European Council held in Brussels on 22 and 23 November 2012. The European Council failed to reach a consensus between the twenty-seven Member States on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the EU for 2014-2020. Nevertheless, bilateral negotiations and constructive discussions within the Council showed that a sufficient degree of potential convergence is possible for an agreement to be reached in early 2013.
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||Arrival of Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and general view of the press room of the Council (2 shots)
||Statement (in ENGLISH) by Herman Van Rompuy, stating that the European Council has given a mandate to the President that over the coming weeks, he should continue the work and meetings in consultation with the President of the European Commission, with the goal of achieving a consensus between the twenty-seven Member States on the Multiannual Financial Framework for the Union for 2014-2020; stating that the bilateral negotiations of the previous day and the constructive discussions that were conducted within the European Council showed that a sufficient degree of potential convergence is possible for an agreement to be reached in early 2013; stating that they should be able to overcome the existing differences in opinion; stating that for the cohesion of the Union, and for jobs and growth in all our countries, it is important to have a European budget.
||Statement (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso, stating that the discussions of the Council were complex and difficult, but constructive; stating that the Heads of State or Government and all the Members of the European Council have a better understanding of one another's positions; however, a consensus could not be reached and discussions shall continue; stating that the primary objective is to modernise the budget so that it has an increased impact on creating growth and jobs; stating that this is why we must maintain a critical mass of pro-growth investment in infrastructure across Europe; stating that cost-sharing enables other projects to be developed, such as the free circulation of knowledge; stating that this is how better results can be obtained in the key areas of education and research, which are essential for a competitive Europe that is able to maintain or establish its leadership in the industries of the future; stating that it must be ensured that the European cohesion policy is in line with its economic strategy and growth, and that it benefit citizens and businesses across Europe; stating that it must be ensured that the budget continues to be a lever for continued reform of the Common Agricultural Policy; stating that solidarity must be exercised with those most affected by the crisis in Europe and our commitments to the world's poorest people must be maintained; stating that financing of the EU budget must be fairer, more transparent and simpler; stating that it is necessary to reduce avoidable costs without reducing the capacity of the European institutions to act; stating that the EU budget is low - only about 2% of total public expenditure in the EU and 1% of the GNI; stating that the Commission is fighting to ensure that this limited amount is used to modernise the budget, in order to focus on growth and job creation.
||Questions from journalists