European Council: all arrivals

Type: News   Reference: 91062   Duration: 00:31:00  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 13/12/2012   First transmission: 13/12/2012
The European Leaders gathered this afternoon in Brussels for a two-day meeting mainly devoted to adjust the European response to the economic crisis. They were expected to discuss a specific and timebound roadmap for the completion of the Economic and Monetary Union, in a view to boost confidence in its long term viability. The objective is to close the gaps in the EMU architecture which were revealed by the crisis.

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00:00:05 Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council 00:00:26
00:00:31 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor - SOUNDBITE (German) on the banking supervision 00:02:06
00:02:37 Arrival of Mariono Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister 00:00:24
00:03:01 Arrival of François Hollande, French President - SOUNDBITE (French) saying that this is a good day for Europe. Progress has been made on the banking supervision and on Greece. Consolidation is now needed. (on Italy) Mario Monti is a man who has allowed Italy to recover. Thanks to him, Italy is today considered and respected. Not wishing to intervene in Italian internal politics. 00:01:44
00:04:45 Arrival of Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister - handshake with François Hollande 00:00:39
00:05:24 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg Prime Minister and President of the Eurogroup - SOUNDBITE (German) on the banking supervision 00:00:01
00:05:25 Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister 00:02:18
00:07:43 Arrival of David Cameron, UK Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (English) saying that he thinks the Chancellor of the Exchequier did an excellent job because the Eurozone needs a banking union, but Britain won't be part of this banking union. The UK properly protected its interests in the Single market. That is why today's discussion will be broader discussion on how Europe is changing. And all of those changes being driven because of the euro, because the countries in the euro need to integrate more, need to integrate their institutions. As Britain is not in the euro and won't join the euro. But this change taking place does give the UK the opportunity to argue for the things it wants in EU. That won't be decided today but it is the start of an important conversation where Britain could do better. (answering on Maria Miller, UK Culture Secretary): Maria Miller does an absolutely excellent job as Culture Secretary and she has full support. Newspapers are asking a lot of questions, and has got excellent answers to all those questions. Saying he is sure that she will answer them and get back to her job. 00:01:40
00:09:23 Arrival of Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (Dutch) hailing a deal on European banking supervision but saying more work was needed to address other challenges facing the euro area. 00:01:51
00:11:14 Arrival of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament - SOUNDBITE (German) on the banking supervision 00:01:15
00:12:29 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister 00:00:30
00:12:59 Arrival of Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (English) saying that the bailout deal is a great success for Greece and for Europe, and a great challenge for everyone from now on. 00:00:54
00:13:53 Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (Danish and English) on the banking supervision, saying that this is a good day for Europe. The Member States have unanimously reached conclusions on how to move forward with the banking union. This is good (news) for banks' clients all over Europe and for the European economy. It looks like really good solutions have been founded for countries outside the Eurozone. Danemark is very happy with that. 00:01:25
00:15:18 SOUNDBITE (Czech - sound as incoming) by Petr Necas, Czech Prime Minister 00:02:43
00:18:01 Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (English): First of all, I expect that we could get some new steps on how to further develop the banking union and then, because we don't have this big pressure to decide the big issues to further in the creation. W could have a more relaxed surrounding talk about the future of the EU. And what do we want about the EMU in the long run. A few weeks ago, I have got the impression that there were more ideas to push through big reforms but I think it is becoming obvious that it will not happen right now. It is very good because we need more time to reflect this and really consider what do we want about EMU. (On Italy) The most important thing is that the responsible politic will continue in Italy. I have been very happy about the recent development in Italy over the last months. And everybody knows that the market direction has been calm under this current government. And I have been really satisfied with the work that Mister Monti has done with the government; even the austerity measures have been difficult. I do hope that a similar type of policy this will continue. (on the possibility of Silvio Berlusconi becoming Italian Prime Minister again) I don't want to interfere in the internal issues in Italy. It is up to the political parties in Italy to choose the candidate for next elections but the main thing which I am interested in is that the same responsible policy will continue whatever and whoever wins the next elections. 00:02:42
00:20:43 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister 00:00:21
00:21:04 Arrival of Elio Di Rupo, Belgian Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (Dutch and French) on the banking supervision, welcoming the agreement but syaing that there is still work to do, especially on the need for a more socially-focused approach to issues like job creation. 00:01:47
00:22:51 Arrival of Demetris Christofias, Cypriot President - SOUNDBITE (English) on the EU-IMF bailout deal, saying that he is frustrated and disappointed. 00:00:41
00:23:32 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (Swedish) 00:00:50
00:24:22 Arrival of Janez Jansa, Slovenian Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (Slovenian) 00:01:00
00:25:22 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC 00:00:20
00:25:42 Arrival of Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister - SOUNDBITE (Hungarian) 00:01:09
00:26:51 Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor - SOUNDBITE (German) on the banking supervision 00:01:38
00:28:29 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister 00:00:25
00:28:54 Arrival of Traian Basescu, Romanian President 00:00:29
00:29:23 Arrival of Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister 00:00:36
00:29:59 Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister 00:00:41
00:30:40 Arrival of Mario Draghi, President of the ECB 00:00:20
00:31:00 END 00:00:00
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