Extracts from the common press conference by José Manuel Barroso, Martin Schulz, and Enda Kenny, in Dublin
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 28/02/2013 First transmission: 28/02/2013
On 28 February 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, went to Dublin where he met with Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, and Martin Schulz, President of the EP. They discussed growth and job creation as well as the next seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework.
This video shows the press conference given by the three officials following their meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival of the Speakers
||Soundbite by Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister and President in office of the Council (in ENGLISH): We had a discussion about the impact of trade as a driver for growth, as a part of the overall trade agenda. The Irish Presidency will play a critical role in the opening talks for the EU-US trade investment partnership among Member States. I am glad that the high level came and I asked the Commission to respond to this at an early date. So, that we can have from the Commission a mandate to put in place the process by which the American side can begin this negotiations in order to start negotiations very shortly after the Irish Presidency.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in ENGLISH): We also had a meeting, the Taoiseach, the President of the European Parliament and myself on how to achieve a consensual conclusion to work on our next seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework. Now that we have the unanimous political agreement of Heads of State and Government, negotiations will start between the European Parliament and the Council, led by the Irish Presidency. The Commission will do everything it can to facilitate a final deal.
I have made no secret of the fact that the deal agreed by Heads of State and Government earlier this month is below the level of ambition that the Commission considers desirable given the challenges we face in the coming years.
||Soundbite by Martin Schulz, President of the EP (in ENGLISH): Without anticipating the results, I inform the President of the EU Council and the President of the Commission that it is most likely that an overwhelming majority of members of the EU Parliament will say "no" to the MFF, as it is for the time being. We will not say "no" to an MFF but to the proposal now on the table, the European Parliament can't agree. Why? If we compare our major request with the result, I must say nothing of what the Parliament ask was taken on board. We are absolutely not satisfied with the proposal concerning flexibility between the categories and the years. The Parliament wants to discuss about own resources.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I would like also to take the opportunity to welcome the adoption today by member states of the Commission's proposal on youth guarantees, which is an important signal to the almost 6 million young people that are unemployed in the European Union today.
||Departure of the Speakers