Informal meeting of Ministers for European Affairs, Dublin: extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Dublin, Ireland
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 was Strengthening Democratic Legitimacy and Accountability, reflecting the fourth strand of President Van Rompuy’s report on Economic and Monetary Union. Discussion of this issue took on a particular importance in the context of the steps which the European Union is taking towards closer integration. The Ministers 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 provide 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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||Arrival of Lucinda Greighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs and Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
||SOUNDBITE by Lucinda Greighton (in English) saying that: The focus of our discussion was very much on the question of democratic legitimacy and also on the enlargement and of course. I think from my point of view the question of democratic legitimacy is the fourth strand of the Van Rompuy's process of an economic and Monetary Union. I think that there is a risk as we focus on all aspects of economic coordination and economic governance and budgetary oversize and so we maybe loose sight of the need of strengthened all of those procedures with enhance legitimacy.
||SOUNDBITE by Lucinda Greighton (in English) saying that: There is also a very important role for national parliaments and under le Lisbon treaty the national parliaments are enhanced and strengthen one proposal that the Irish presidency has and I think there was a broad agreement today is that for the European Semester process which is the process of managing the economic coordination and governance of the European Union that trough that process the national parliaments would be much more deeply involved and that they would be invited by the Presidency and the Commission to in fact debate the country specific recommendations in national parliaments and then there will be much more transparency.
||General view of the room
||SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle, (in English) saying that: On our side we are already finding ways how to further associate enlargement countries to the EU's emerging economic governance
||SOUNDBITE by Štefan Füle, (in English) saying that: How to involve the candidates countries and also aspirants countries to a certain extend and this new economic governance addressing the issues of competitiveness for ex ample is make sure that those countries joining the EU not only fully prepared by the rule of law. This is one of the important issue that we discussed today.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Departure of the speakers