99th plenary session of the Committee of the Regions (CoR): highlights of the 01/02/2013
End production: 01/02/2013 First transmission: 01/02/2013
On 1 February 2013, Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Competition, participated at the 99th plenary session of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
The smart and timely deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and the full support of the Youth Guarantee Scheme were among the core political messages of this session.
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||Exterior views of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels (3 shots)
||General atmosphere prior the plenary session (3 shots)
||Soundbite by Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Competition (in ENGLISH): What is the rationale behind our modernization strategy? We think that the aftermath of the financial crisis gave us some food for thought. One of these elements that we need to think having learned from the crisis experience is that the public subsidies that promote investments in Europe in less developed areas can make a real difference.
||Cutaways of the audience (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Joaquín Almunia (in ENGLISH): Under-developpement and permanent disadvantages are recognised on EU level. For the rest national debates must take place, difficult choices had to be made, but I think it's rational to let these difficult choices at the national level to tackle the remaining internal disparities such as the specific needs of islands, border regions or other areas.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Jean-Paul Denanot, President of the Regional Council of Limousin (in FRENCH) saying that in the current context of social and economic crisis the aid for growth and job creation are now, more than ever, needed. Therefore they have to adopt a common position towards the European Commission to insist that they will not limit the possible public interventions of enterprises.
||Cutaway of the Speakers
||Soundbite by Maria Luisa Coppola, Municipal Councillor of Vento (in ITALIAN) saying that in her opinion the local and regional authorities are regarded as being as usual most closely involved in active policies dealing with the economy, employment, training and making things easier for companies to have access to credit. This final issue is something that is extremely important if they want to get out of the current negative economic situation they are in.
||Cutaway of the audience