Martin SCHULZ, EP President meets with Joseph MUSCAT, newly elected Prime Minister of Malta:
EPRef92833 // European Parliament , Brussels, PHS 9th floor, Grand Salon Protocolaire
Première transmission: 14/03/2013
European Parliament, Brussels
Fin de production: 14/03/2013
- extracts from the press point
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||Exterior of the European Parliament, brussels
||Arrival of Joseph MUSCAT, newly elected Prime Minister of Malta , greeted by Martin SCHULZ EP President
||Joseph Muscat, Martin SCHULZ (2 shots)
||Hand shake Joseph MUSCAT, Martin SCHULZ
||Joseph MUSCAT signs EP Guests' book
||Round table of meeting (2 shots)
||SOUNDBITE (English), Martin SCHULZ, EP President, "I receive a personal friend today here at the European Parliament"
||SOUNDBITE (English), Martin SCHULZ, EP President, "For sure an exceptional moment, a former member of the EP to welcome as the new elected prime minister".
||SOUNDBITE (English), Martin SCHULZ, EP President, "This shows this is a normal but, let's say, a wonderful day of a political career in Europe"
||SOUNDBITE (English), Martin SCHULZ, EP President, "We discussed and exchanged the Prime minister and I not only about the situation in Malta but also about the rejection yesterday by the EP of the Multiannual Financial Framework. I explained to the Prime minister Muscat and to the finance minister Scicluna, that the EP had some reasons, we announced before the Council meeting of the 8 of February, and the same majority adopted now after our request, we are not taken sufficiently seriously by the Council. The rejection of the compromise which is not reflecting sufficiently the prerogatives of the EP. I explained to the prime minister and the finance minister that a precondition for us to open a compromise negotiation to reach, we are prepared; one of the preconditions is that the balance the deficit of the budget 2013 by an amending budget covering the deficit which has to be on figures presented by the Commission."
||SOUNDBITE (English), Joseph MUSCAT, newly elected Prime Minister of Malta, "I must point out and I think it is quite exceptional, I wouldn't know whether it is unique in Europe or not, but this new government back in Malta has three former members of the EP within its ranks, myself, my deputy prime minister who is Grech and my finance minister Edward Scicluna, all three of us members of the EP. And I think the fact that Edward will be joining all the important ECOFIN meetings for the good governance of the Eurozone, the fact that Louis Grech is the European affairs minister shows that this government is staunchly pro-European".
||SOUNDBITE (English), Joseph MUSCAT, newly elected Prime Minister of Malta, "We are very much committed to continuity when it comes to most issues that we are being handled by the previous governments but there are some changes. One of the obvious changes is that our outlook is progressive and we want a more social Europe, we also want Europe to focus on growth and we think that growth and good governance of public finances can go hand in hand together..."
||SOUNDBITE (English), Joseph MUSCAT, newly elected Prime Minister of Malta, "...and a government that will seek to work actively to draw a balance within Council, bringing the different views of the institutions together. I do believe that even, as we all now the way in which the EP voted yesterday on the MFF, I am quite positive that there can be a balance that can be struck, obviously we will defend, as it is my duty; our turf as a national government on the financial package that has been allocated to our country, while sticking very hard for our national interest, I believe our national interest is also the European interest and we do believe that a balance can be struck."