PA-UfM - First Summit of Presidents of Parliaments of UfM in Marseille (6 & 7 April)
Lieu: Marseille, France
End production: 10/04/2013 First transmission: 10/04/2013
The Marseille summit convened by President Schulz is the first to bring together the presidents of parliaments of the Euro-Mediterranean region, and the first high-level summit since that of heads of state and government in Paris in 2008. Projets common to both sides of the Mediterranean in the fields of infrastructure, education and training and female entrepreneurship need renewed financial support and strong parliaments, said the presidents of Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) parliaments meeting in Marseille on Sunday. They called for efforts to combat "all forms of exclusion, sexism, racism, xenophobia and radicalism" and to "eradicate terrorism". The declaration approved by over 40 parliamentary presidents meeting in Marseille calls for more democratic legitimacy and participation by UfM citizens. «The UfM, launched in 2008 at the Paris summit and since linked to the Barcelona process, is at a watershed. It was born under a purely intergovernmental aegis. This model is outworn, because it ignores civil society" said European Parliament President Martin Schulz (S&D, DE) after the summit.
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||Exterior shots of Marseille, Vieux Port.
||(06/04/2013) Exterior shots at the Villa Méditerranée, Marseille, the place where the First Summit of Presidents of Parliaments of UfM took place.
||Arrival of President SCHULZ and President of the Regional Council Michel VAUZELLE; they admire and applaude the Italian flag-wavers, drummers and trumpeters welcoming show (5 shots).
||Arrival of President of the Anna Lindh Foundation, André AZOULAY.
||(07/07/2013) Exterior shots at Villa Meditérranée, Marseille, France. Flags of participant countries at the Summit of Presidents of Parliaments of UfM.
||Arrival of André FLAHAUT, President of the Belgian Chamber of Representatives.
||Posters of the event: 'Summit of the Speakers of the Parliaments of the Union for the Mediterranean' in EN, FR and AR.
||Ambiance shots before the meeting starts, participants at the Summit discussing, poster of the event.
||SOUNDBITE (French) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "Although it will not be easy, our parliamentary assembly needs to establish itself as a driving force, a forum for consultation and a body which can exercise real democratic scrutiny."
||Cutaways: Štefan Füle European Commissioner, Presidents of UfM Parliaments.
||Family picture (4 shots).
||Press conference - Ambience shots (2 shots).
||Press Conference - SOUNDBITE (French) Martin SCHULZ, EP President: "Before there were times when the dictators were speaking at this kind of high level conferences. Today, here we are the presidents of free elected Parliaments and it is a concrete expression of the fact that the democracy is the base of our cooperation."