Visit of Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-076237   Duration: 10:02:55  Lieu:
End production: 22/02/2013   First transmission: 22/02/2013
José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian Prime Minister, on 22 February 2013 in Brussels. They discussed a number of bilateral and regional issues.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Norwegian and EU flags outside the EC Berlaymont building 00:00:07
10:00:12 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Jens Stoltenberg, Norwegian Prime Minister, at the press briefing (2 shots) 00:00:08
10:00:20 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Economic Area Agreement is the foundation for the special relationship that exists between the European Union and Norway; he welcomes the fact that the EEA Agreement remains the basis of Norway's European policy, as expressed in the Government's White Paper, and the Norwegian Parliament's debate on it; facilitating the legal incorporation of EEA-relevant EU law into Norwegian legislation is essential if we are to maintain the homogeneity of the single market for citizens and businesses. 00:00:32
10:00:53 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:05
10:00:59 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that they also touched upon developments in the Arctic region, which is of strategic interest to both Norway and the European Union; they both believe that they should deepen their cooperation in this key area, including with other Arctic partners, in order to help safeguard that region while also ensuring its sustainable development; the European Commission will certainly participate in the 20th anniversary of the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, and he thanked the Prime Minister for his kind invitation. 00:00:31
10:01:30 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
10:01:36 SOUNDBITE by Jens Stoltenberg (in ENGLISH) saying that Norway is not a Member of the European Union but they are part of Europe and very much integrated into Europe through the EEA agreement; this agreement is of mutual benefit both for Norway and European Union; it gives Norway access to the internal market which is of great importance for many Norwegian companies and for the Norwegian economy; it also gives the opportunity to participate to many of the programmes and activities of the European Union. 00:00:36
10:02:13 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:05
10:02:18 SOUNDBITE by Jens Stoltenberg (in ENGLISH) saying that they addressed different issues, one of them was of course the economic challenges we are facing together in Europe today; he would like to commend the European Union for the efforts and the decisions that have been taken to meet the financial crisis; they now see some progress; many measures have been implemented; many countries are implementing structural reforms and deficits have been reduced. 00:00:36
10:02:55 Speakers shaking hands and leaving the press room (3 shots) 00:00:07
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