Joint press Conference by Martin SCHULZ, EP President and François HOLLANDE, French President:
EPRef-91612 // European Parliament , Strasbourg,
Lieu: European Parliament , Strasbourg
End production: 05/02/2013 First transmission: 05/02/2013
Extracts of press Conference by Martin SCHULZ, EP President and François HOLLANDE, French President:
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg
||Cutaways in Press conference room (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (French) by François HOLLANDE, President of the French Republic,(on the EU budget)"This compromise has to take into consideration the budgetary situation of each country but also the usefulness of European spending in supporting economic activity. The growth pact was something I was supporting in June and I could not stand by and not see this underlined here in the EP."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Martin SCHULZ, EP President,"94% of the EU budget is direct investment for our activities, each Euro from the EU budget brings in around 3 Euros of private investment , that is to say that the budget really is an instrument for re-launching the European economy and we must not cut the EU budget as it was planned."
SOUNDBITE (French) by Martin SCHULZ, EP President,"We are prepared to reach a compromise if that includes a budget that responds to the needs of the 21st century , a budget which is more flexible than previous budgets, a budget that starts a financial framework which will not change immediately but starts to use its own resources, I think that it was clear today in our debate ."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by François HOLLANDE, President of the French Republic, "I plead for a different European architecture today, I am in favour of integration, solidarity and therefore I am ion favour of a Political Union ."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by François HOLLANDE, President of the French Republic," I think that we need a differentiated Europe, a Europe which could allow a number if States to have a reinforced cooperation ."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by François HOLLANDE, President of the French Republic, "We need to be able to have a budget for the Eurozone with appropriately adapted mechanisms for controlling that budget ."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by François HOLLANDE, President of the French Republic,
"If Europe may further savings, further cutbacks, than I think there will be another setback for growth, ok it is legitimate for countries with serious deficits to rebounce their public finances, France supports that approach but at the same time we need to be asking Europe to try and maintain a level of spending that could keep economic activity going."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by François HOLLANDE, President of the French Republic,(on Euro exchange rate)," The Heads of state and government have set a mid term objective for exchange rate, that is not to say that the ECB should intervene on the market, but it is not for us to tell that because the ECP is independent , but we basically set mid term objectives which seem realistic to us, something that is compatible with the current state of the real economy."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by François HOLLANDE, President of the French Republic, "Mr Cameron presented his vision of Europe, he announced that eventually there will be a referendum, that is his freedom, that is his sovereign right. My vision of European is not to put in question the "acquis" that we have rather is to provide the foundations for improving the European architecture."
||SOUNDBITE (French) by Martin SCHULZ, EP President," We have heard from Mr Cameron that he wants fewer rules from Brussels but he also wants a free market, I think that this is exactly what led us to the crisis we are going through"
||SOUNDBITE (French) by François HOLLANDE, President of the French Republic," What led France to intervene in the present conditions is because it was the only country who would have the proper military capacity to do so and that was geographically close to Mali because of our military bases in Mali, this was my decision and I don't want to address any reproaches to the European, I considered I could not wait any longer, because no European country could have done anything with such a short notice ."