Informal meeting of Ministers for European Affairs, Dublin: Highlights (doorstep by Lucinda GREIGHTON, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs and welcome, arrivals and welcome, roundtable)

Type: News   Reference: 91953   Duration: 00:16:03  Lieu: Council , Dublin Castle
End production: 21/01/2013   First transmission: 21/01/2013
The Informal Meeting of Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs takes place once during the Presidency. The topic of the meeting will be Strengthening Democratic Legitimacy and Accountability, reflecting the fourth strand of President Van Rompuy’s report on Economic and Monetary Union. Discussion of this issue takes on a particular importance in the context of the steps which the European Union is taking towards closer integration. The Ministers will also hear the views of representatives of the European Parliament, the Oireachtas (Ireland's national parliament) and of the Northern Ireland Executive, as well as of the candidate countries. The designation of 2013 as the European Year of Citizens provides an opportunity to engage in a wider public debate about the rights enjoyed by citizens of the European Union, and about the future direction of the Union.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Lucinda Greighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs welcomes Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs 00:03:11
00:03:16 Handshake between Lucinda Greighton and Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy 00:00:13
00:03:29 Lucinda Greighton welcomes Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs 00:01:30
00:04:59 General view of the roundtable 00:00:05
00:05:04 Ministers and State Secretaries for European Affairs 00:00:13
00:05:17 Lithuanian delegation 00:00:13
00:05:30 Delegation (4 shots) 00:00:40
00:06:10 French delegation 00:00:12
00:06:22 Delegation 00:00:05
00:06:27 Swedish Delegation 00:00:06
00:06:33 Polish and Danish delegations 00:00:18
00:06:51 Lucinda Greighton and Stefan Füle 00:00:32
00:07:23 Latvian delegation 00:00:09
00:07:32 Cyprus delegation 00:00:04
00:07:36 Dutch delegation 00:00:07
00:07:43 General view 00:00:11
00:07:54 General view of the roundtable 00:00:06
00:08:00 Stefan Füle 00:00:15
00:08:15 Belgian delegation 00:00:16
00:08:31 Dansih delegation 00:00:06
00:08:37 Belgian delegation 00:00:06
00:08:43 Swedish delegation 00:00:07
00:08:50 Cyprus delegation 00:00:06
00:08:56 General view of the delegations (3 shots) 00:00:27
00:09:23 Lucinda Greighton 00:00:08
00:09:31 Delegations 00:00:08
00:09:39 Lithuanian delegation 00:00:07
00:09:46 Slovenian delegation 00:00:12
00:09:58 Stefan Füle 00:00:10
00:10:08 General view of the roundtable 00:00:06
00:10:14 Lucinda Greighton 00:00:17
00:10:31 European Parliament delegation 00:00:17
00:10:48 Stefan Füle 00:00:10
00:10:58 Delegation 00:00:10
00:11:08 UK Delegation 00:00:06
00:11:14 Dansih Delegation 00:00:09
00:11:23 General view of the roundtable 00:00:07
00:11:30 Lucinda Greighton receives delegations 00:01:27
00:12:57 Turkish delegation 00:00:11
00:13:08 Iceland delegation 00:00:18
00:13:26 Delegations 00:00:11
00:13:37 Montenegro delegaiton 00:00:12
00:13:49 Stefan Füle and the Turkish delegation 00:00:19
00:14:08 SOUNDBITE by Lucinda Greighton (In English) saying that: We have the second informal ministerial meeting of the Presidency taking place in Dublin Castle today and it's a meeting of the 27 Members state's European Affairs Ministers plus Europe Ministers from all of the candidate countries the inspiring candidates of the EU. The topic of discussion is primarily focused on the question of democratic legitimacy and accountability. Obviously there has been a lot of movement in the EU in the last couple of years towards deeper cooperation, scrutiny of budgets, economic coordination and so on and we want to make sure that, coupled with that there is a connexion between EU citizens and decisions that are taken on their behalf. One interesting statistic in the last number of weeks is that only 35% of EU citizens actually feel that their voice is heard at European level so I think that we, the European Affairs Ministers have a task to try to address that to ensure that there is more transparency, more openness and more engagement of EU citizens and I think that for the Irish Presidency this is certainly a big priority and also an opportunity to start this important debate so that will be the focus of our discussions today as well as discussion on enlargement of the European Union and I think that it's very timely because it is 10 years since the EU member states committed to the European perspectives or European future for all of the western Balkans countries. That is 20 years on from war and devastation in the Balkans region and it's important now that we help those countries to find a path to European Union membership and the Irish Presidency will work towards that goal so it's a big priority for us and we will have an opportunity today to bring all of the EU member states together along with the candidate countries to discuss the challenging road ahead. 00:01:55
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