Outcome of the European Council meeting of 7-8 February 2013: - extracts from the Council and Commission statements EP Conference of Presidents open to all Members EPRef91625 // European Parliament , Brussels,

Type: News   Reference: 91625   Duration: 00:04:57  Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 18/02/2013   First transmission: 18/02/2013
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso addressed the EP Conference of Presidents on the outcome of the EU Council of 7 and 8 February 2013. On Friday 8 February European Heads of State and Government agreed on maximum ceilings for the EU budgets for the period 2014-2020. The overall amount for commitments was set at €960 billion and for actual payments at €908 billion. Parliament has the right to veto a political deal reached by member state's governments at last week's summit.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Cutaways in the Chamber (8 shots) 00:00:38
00:00:43 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, "The important thing for me is that together we reached agreement and that it was a good deal for Europe as a whole." 00:00:10
00:00:53 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, "In the current economic circumstances the only option was a budget of moderation. Belts are being tightened across Europe and the Union could not be an exception." 00:00:16
00:01:09 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, "Spending on Heading 1A which includes research and innovation, cross border energy, transport and digital networks, Galileo and Erasmus rises by 37.3 % compared to the previous MFF , 37.3 %." 00:00:26
00:01:35 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy," Cohesion is not a backward looking policy, it is an investment for the future, in addition our support the most deprived people remains intact. 00:00:15
00:01:50 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy," Parliament kept alive the issue of own resources which few member states had appetite to consider." 00:00:07
00:01:57 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy," A seven year investment budget is a strong factor of predictability . Without it we can only commit money for one year at a time. For scientists, non governmental organizations and universities, for local and regional authorities across Europe that would be a major setback 00:00:24
00:02:21 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, "I urge Council and the Parliament to conclude swiftly. The alternative of falling back on the ceilings let down in the last years of the previous MFF would lock us into the existing pattern of expenditure." 00:00:15
00:02:36 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, ' The Commission would of course have preferred an outcome with more ambition for Europe. In a formal declaration to the minutes of the EU Council , I stated, "The levels agreed by the Heads of state and government are below the level of ambition that the Commission considers desirable given the challenge of promoting growth and jobs across the EU in the coming years." 00:00:25
00:03:01 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, 'An essential point of the next MFF is flexibility. You have been rightly demanding it. Indeed as I also stated in the EU Council without proper levels of flexibility the MFF as agreed among Heads of state and government can't simply not work." 00:00:22
00:03:23 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, " I also note that the EP supports a mid term revision of the whole MFF given the uncertainties of the world and the fact that we are agreeing on the MFF for seven years, I shared the view that a real revision clause will be needed 00:00:16
00:03:39 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, '"the Commission shares the Parliament's concerns about the levels of appropriations. I recall the joint statement signed by the presidents of the three institutions at the end of last year where it was clearly foreseen that the Commission would request additional payment appropriations if we have evidence that the adopted budget is insufficient to cover the needs and it is clearly the case, we can say it already today. 00:00:29
00:04:08 SOUNDBITE (English) by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Just a few days ago the President of the US, the president of the Council , myself announced the launching of a process with aim of reaching a ground breaking free trade agreement between the EU and the US. The transatlantic trade and investment partnership. This is another very important step in our agenda for growth and jobs 00:00:24
00:04:32 Cutaways (6 shots) 00:00:25
00:04:57 END 00:00:00
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