Preparations for the European Council meeting (14-15 March 2013):
- MEPs debate
EPRef92132 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session - Hemicycle
Lieu: European Parliament , Strasbourg
End production: 13/03/2013 First transmission: 13/03/2013
extracts of MEPs debate
MEPs met today with the Council and Commission in advance of the European Council meeting on 14 and 15 March, where EU leaders will conclude the first phase of the 2013 European Semester. The European Semester is a plan to coordinate Member States' economic, fiscal and employment policies over a period of six months each year. The European Council will have to look at how Member States have applied last year's "European Semester" economic policy recommendation; and strategic advices and guidelines would be adopted. EU leaders would also provide guidance to MS on the 2013 Stability and Convergence programmes, and on the implementation of Europe 2020 "flagship initiatives", in particular as regards new skills and jobs, industrial and innovation policies and the digital agenda
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||SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL, (EPP, FR)," Thanks to the 6 pack the European Semester and the two pack we are going to work in a more integrated way and transparent way on economic matters but what we need now is more tax and social harmonization."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL, (EPP, FR),"We have focused on the banking sector and we need to look at the level of salaries with a cap on bonuses in these times of crisis."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL, (EPP, FR)," our commitments on the MFF have to be negotiated we can not accept of a never ending crisis , that is why we have asked for a revision clause"
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen HUGHES (S&D, UK), "It seems clear that we will experience a new year of recession this year with at least -0.5%."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen HUGHES (S&D, UK), "I put it to you President that your policies are today one of Europe's competitiveness problems by needlessly driving the Eurozone into two extra years of recession. You caused enormous damage to our future growth potential."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen HUGHES (S&D, UK), "We now at long last have agreement on a Youth guarantee. We have 7.5 million, 15 to 25 year olds outside of employment, education or training, the cost of that estimated at a staggering 153 billion Euros a year. How much does the MFF allocate to the Youth guarantee? 6 billion Euros.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen HUGHES (S&D, UK), " I do blame you President Barroso for the damaging policies inflicted on the European economy as a result of mistaken economic projections."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Stephen HUGHES (S&D, UK), " What we sincerely hope President is that you will take the opportunity of your speech to Council to condemn developments in Hungary which so undermine our fundamental values."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, BE), "We have to start article 7 of the Treaty. I think that article 7 is not deciding on sanctions immediately , it starts by an analysis of the situation in Hungary and by recommendations given so my request to you is to raise it in the Council, I should also ask the Irish presidency to put it on the agenda of the Council and I shall ask to the Commission to raise the point in the Council"
||SOUNDBITE (French) Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, BE), "We don't need to abolish the first track of fiscal discipline , that should be a huge mistake , we should put a second track the fastest as possible and the second track is solidarity, is growth , is investment and is mainly what we all know about, that is mutualisation of debt, redemption fund, euro bills."
||SOUNDBITE (French) Daniel COHN BENDIT (Greens/EFA), " The more the budgetary responsibility is forced on people , we see more people in poverty and precariousness in our societies. this is the price that our citizens pay for this forced march so we should say no to budgetary responsibility , no, let's take our foot of the accelerator, let's re launch the economy. How? Well the European budget. The European budget continues to put its foot on the accelerator of the forced march with more people falling into poverty because Europe can not intervene.
||SOUNDBITE (French) Daniel COHN BENDIT (Greens/EFA), "We are forcing the president of this Parliament to sign of on a budget which is in deficit and contrary to the Treaties and everybody knows that with this year's budget and next year budget Europe will not be able to pay its bills next Autumn. Europe will become insolvent even with the present ceilings so don't just say yes to the resolution today but be ready to vote down the multiannual budget so that for once and for all Council and European governments get the message that this can not continue ."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin CALLANAN (ECR, UK), "Many in this Chamber seem to think that our member states should raise more taxes or borrow more money just to hand it over to the EU so that they can have a bigger budget and we can spend even more and that is why in my view the MFF deal is so important." We need a financial framework that respects the sacrifices that are being made in the public finances in many of our member states."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin CALLANAN (ECR, UK)," It would be devastating for Europe's economy if we allow this House to raise taxes to fund what ever pet projects the Greens are dreaming of today."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Nigel FARAGE (EFD, UK),"I would also point out that you are in denial over Romania and Bulgaria. those countries are racked with corruption and organise crime. They should never had been allowed to join the EU and I want to make it absolutely clear. We in the UK do not believe it si right and fair to have total open borders from next year for unlimited people from those countries to come to Britain , to work but also if they want to claim benefits
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