Extracts from the Plenary session of the EESC, 17/01/2013
End production: 17/01/2013 First transmission: 17/01/2013
On 17 January 2013, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, participated at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) 486th Plenary Session. On this occasion, he made a statement on the European Council's current and future guidelines in the European Union's current political and institutional context.
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||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, (in FRENCH) saying that there is always a lag between the return of stability and the resumption of economic growth. And this adds a second offset between the resumption of economic growth and the improvement of the employment situation. All their efforts must try to reduce these discrepancies.
||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in FRENCH) saying that stability is a means, not an end in itself. Our whole approach is social in nature.
||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in FRENCH) saying that the situation is serious. The European Union has nearly 27 million unemployed, 10 million more than in 2008.
||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in FRENCH) saying this is a human tragedy and a social emergency. They must reverse this trend quickly and sustainably mobilise all their energies.
||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in FRENCH) saying they must of course ensure funding and the sustainability of pension systems. But the guarantee of a dignified retirement to European workers is an essential element of solidarity among generations. On these issues, he is confident that they can further discuss and establish benchmarks for progress towards systems both socially just and between generations.
||They need more Europe. If there had been no return of the stability of the eurozone, they would not be here, they would be in a major crisis. They avoided this. They safeguarded the financial stability of the euro zone. They safeguard the very existence of the euro and, through this struggle, they backed the European Union.