Visit of Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Finance, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 13/12/2012 First transmission: 13/12/2012
On 13 December 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Finance, held a press point following their meeting at the European Commission in Brussels.
On this occasion, José Manuel Barroso welcomed Italy's ambitious reforms and consolidation agenda and stressed the importance to maintain stability in the country.
Mario Monti reminded that whatever the outcome of the Italian elections, the new Italian government will strongly support the EU integration.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC and Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Finance, arriving to the EC/Italy press point at the European Commission in Brussels (2 shots)
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I was glad to start the day with good news. Just a few hours ago, the Council reached unanimous agreement on the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the flagship of our banking union. You remember, when we spoke about this some time ago, people said it will not fly. It is flying, it is happening. We have presented our proposal in September, and in December, unanimously, the Member States agreed on it.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): We must maintain openness and high ambition and deliver a realistic sequencing. We expect this European Council to give a clear signal in this sense even though, I'm sure, we will not be able to solve all open issues today and tomorrow.
||Soundbite by Mario Monti (in ITALIAN) saying that they all lived the fantastic Oslo experience together last Monday. They need to transform this energy so that they are able to take decisions quickly in order to make a better place, also operationally speaking by providing adequate tools.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): The European Commission welcomes Italy's ambitious and wide ranging reform and consolidation agenda. Significant measures have been taken over the past year to bring down Italy's excessive deficit and to tackle Italy's high government debt. Considerable progress has been made to improve the country's competitiveness and growth potential. One very important result that we can already see is regarding financing costs.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): But since you asked me, yes, I spoke with Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian Prime Minister, I know him for many years and I spoke to him yesterday early in the afternoon. It was a personal conversation but I made the same points I have just made now to you, the importance of having stability in Italy. The importance of keeping Italy in this path of stability and reforms. This is critically important for Italy but also for the euro area and the EU.
||Soundbite by Mario Monti (in ITALIAN) saying that it is the right time to repeat something which is his conviction. Whatever the outcome of the Italian election, the new Italian government will still provide strong support for EU integration. They will contribute to EU integration. This is something that he believes in but also all the Italian parties believe in because EU integration is an national interest for Italy.
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||José Manuel Barroso and Mario Monti leaving the press point (2 shots)