Inaugural meeting of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU with the EC: extracts from the common press conference by José Manuel Barroso, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 10/01/2013 First transmission: 10/01/2013
In January 2013, Ireland began its seventh Presidency of the Council of the EU. On this occasion, the Members of the European Commission met with the Members of the Irish Government on 10 January 2013 in Dublin.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, held a common press conference with Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Eamon Gilmore, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, after the meeting.
The main priorities of the Irish Presidency are: people-centred recovery, investment in job-friendly growth and in Europe's resources and European engagement with the world.
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, underlined that 2013 marks an important anniversary for Ireland, as it celebrates 40 years as an EU Member State. Ireland has undergone a radical transformation since 1973, developing into a modern, open economy driven by hi-tech industry and global exports. In the last 40 years, peace has returned to Northern Ireland, Irish has become the 23rd official language of the EU and the country has joined the single currency.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Eamon Gilmore, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the press conference room (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Enda Kenny (in ENGLISH) saying that the Irish Government outlined to the Members of the Commission how they plan to tackle issues of concern to all Europeans, including youth unemployment, promoting stability, particularly through the banking union, driving through the future growth and mobilizing the EU's budget and through support for high potential sectors such as small and medium enterprises with particular emphasis on the digital sector; they are delighted to host the Commission's digital assembly, which is the largest single event of the Irish Presidency. (3 shots)
||SOUNDBITE by Eamon Gilmore (in ENGLISH) saying that the Irish Presidency and the Commission are very much on the same page about the work that needs to be done in the six month ahead; saying that he wants to welcome in particular the supportive comments made by President Barroso and by the Commissioners in relation to Ireland's situation and on the critical necessity to follow up on the decisions that were made in June 2012 in relation to the separation of bank debts and the sovereign debts and in relation to the implementation of the banking union, and of course that is one of the major issues which will be advanced during the course of the Irish Presidency, the putting in place of the single supervisory mechanism and the advancement of the other elements of banking union proposals. (2 shots)
||General view of the room
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU has entered a new phase of the crisis where restoring confidence is key; saying that he believes we are in a better situation than one year before, when the question mark was about the implosion of the euro; this question is no longer there, but we need to answer the question of growth, namely the question of employment; we are still in a crisis, namely an economic and social crisis, and we need to put our resources together to fight that crisis and also increase confidence as a way of solving the crisis. (2 shots)
||Speakers leaving (2 shots)