Debate on the future of the European Union: AMELIA - extracts from the statements by Jyrki KATAINEN, Prime Minister of Finland and José Manuel Durão BARROSO EC President

Type: News   Reference: 92886   Duration: 00:03:54  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 16/04/2013   First transmission: 16/04/2013
Prime Minister of Finland, Jyrki KATAINEN, visited today the European Parliament in Strasbourg to debate on the future of the European Union with Members of the EP. His visit comes after an invitation of the EP President Martin SCHULZ. After a meeting both political leaders had this morning, the Finish Prime Minister delivered a statement in Plenary focused on the EU's current and future challenges. In a speech he gave last 26th of March, Prime Minister Jyrki KATAINEN expressed that the economic crisis had overshadowed the debate on Europe's future and that this has undermined citizen's sense of fairness towards the EU. He did also express his concern on a fair integration. After his speech, some MEPs stated their points of view on the subject.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 Jyrki KATAINEN, Prime Minister of Finland entering in to the Hemicycle (2 shots) 00:00:19
00:00:29 SOUNDBITE (English) Jyrki KATAINEN, Prime Minister of Finland "I understand that people in different member states and in different personal situations may not find their life very just and fair right now. But can Europe be more fair in the future? I think it can. To me fair integration means that the European Union continues to be founded on common values and rules that are truly respected by all and at all times". 00:00:26
00:00:55 SOUNDBITE (English) Jyrki KATAINEN, Prime Minister of Finland "Europe should help when help is needed. But each member state has to bear the ultimate responsibility for keeping its own finances in order. Those who decide about expenditure must collect the revenues. National governments and parliaments are ultimately responsible for national reforms". 00:00:23
00:01:18 SOUNDBITE (English) Jyrki KATAINEN, Prime Minister of Finland "Let us make jobs our top European priority! We all know there is no shortcut to creating new jobs in a sustainable manner. If there was, surely we would have taken it already. I fully support the proposal to allocate six billion Euros from the EU budget to fighting youth unemployment. And I am pleased the European Council endorsed the Youth Guarantee concept. It is essential we keep all our young people onboard". 00:00:33
00:01:51 SOUNDBITE (English) Jyrki KATAINEN, Prime Minister of Finland "It is essential we strengthen the Economic and Monetary Union. Our immediate priority is to finalize the banking union. To me, the banking union is a good example of fair integration. It is about curbing reckless risk taking and protecting tax payers from having to rescue over-sized and under-capitalized banks". 00:00:22
00:02:13 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Durão BARROSO EC President "We are pushing forward with our proposals to combat tax evasion and tax avoidance which cost Europe around €1 trillion a year in lost tax revenues. In other words, Europe is losing tax revenues every year which amount to one full Multi-Annual Financial Framework. This is money we can ill afford to lose and which increases the burden on the average honest taxpayer". 00:00:30
00:02:43 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Durão BARROSO EC President "I call on the Member States to quickly agree on the Commission's proposals on savings tax and for a strong mandate to negotiate agreements with Switzerland and other neighbors, as well as for a rapid reaction mechanism to tackle VAT fraud". 00:00:18
00:03:01 SOUNDBITE (English) José Manuel Durão BARROSO EC President "Across Europe as we seek to exit the current crisis and bolster Europe's long term competitiveness it is important that we look at Finland and take on board the lessons from the Finnish experience. These are long hard lessons. Following its domestic banking crisis in the 1990's Finland undertook a series of deep, difficult structural reforms in order to reshape its economy; regain international competitiveness and retain the principle elements of its social market economy. This process is one which many other Member States are now following and which Finland has been supporting by showing solidarity with these countries". 00:00:42
00:03:43 Cutaways (3 shots) 00:00:11
00:03:54 END 00:00:00
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