Margaret THATCHER at the European Parliament
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - EP
End production: 08/04/2013 First transmission: 08/04/2013
Margaret Thatcher (13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013), was a British politician, the longest-serving (1979–1990) Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of the 20th century, and the only woman to have held the post. On two occasions she was President-in-office of the Council (1981 and 1986). In 1981, she was the first Head of Government of the Member State occupying the Presidency attending a session of the European Parliament for the purpose of giving an account of a meeting of the European Council.
The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz made the following statement on the passing away of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher: "Margaret Thatcher marked British and European political life. Despite our clear political differences, Margaret Thatcher is a figure of historic significance. Margaret Thatcher at the beginning of her tenure was a committed European, signing and pushing for the single European act which transformed the EU single market. No matter whether one agrees with her policies or not, Margaret Thatcher showed that politics still has the capacity to be a force for change. My thoughts are with her family and friends."
This Memoclip illustratres :
- Visit of Margaret THATCHER, British Prime Minister and President in Office of the Council at the European Parliament in Strasbourg (Introduction and conclusion on freedom) - 16/12/1981.
- Visit of Margaret THATCHER, British Prime Minister and President in Office of the Council at the European Parliament in Strasbourg (Introduction, interruption by Ian Paisley, on the CAP and the budget and a conclusion) - 09/12/1986.
- Statement by Margaret THATCHER on the ECC budget (1987).
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior views of the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (French) Simone VEIL, EP President: "I call Mrs THATCHER, President-in-Office of The European Council, whose presence here I welcome."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret THATCHER, President-in-Office of the European Council. — (...)Madam President, this occasion is a pleasure and a privilege for me. It marks an important point in the development of the European Community. This is the first time that the Head of . Government of the Member State occupying the Presidency has attended a session of the European Parliament for the purpose of giving an account of a meeting of the European Council. The fact that we meet today recognizes among other things that the European Council has become an important part of
the European scene. It gives Heads of Government the opportunity to discuss matters where Community business and political considerations overlap. We need this opportunity for a general exchange of views, as well as for the resolution of the' Community's most important problems. Strasbourg - 16/12/1981
||SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret THATCHER, President-in-Office of the European Council. — The successful future development of the Community as an instrument for furthering the cause of democracy and freedom depends on making speedy progress in our deliberations. For, Madam President, freedom must mean more than freedom to differ. It must mean freedom to 'act together to conserve our common beliefs, so that our children may enjoy that peace with liberty which is the greatest gift to mankind.
(Sustained applause from the centre and from the right)
Strasbourg - 16/12/1981
||Exterior views of the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg
||Arrival of Margaret THATCHER, British Prime Minister and President-in-Office of the European Council to the European Parliament, welcomed by Pierre PFLIMLIN, EP President - Strasbourg 09/12/1986
||SOUNDBITE (French) Pierre PFLIMLIN, EP President : "I respectfully welcome the Prime Minister of Great Britain and President-in-Office of the Council of Ministers. I thank you, Mrs Thatcher, for agreeing to be with us today." - Strasbourg 09/12/1986
||SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret THATCHER, President-in-Office of the European Council. — Mr President, I was privileged in 1981 to be the first Head of Government holding the Presidency of the Community to report to you on the outcome of a European Council. Since then the tradition of such reports has become well established and it is no less a privilege today, five years later, to be the first Head of Government to deliver the report for the second time. (Applause from the European Democratic Group)
The Community has some notable successes to its credit since my last visit. Enlargement has brought in Spain and Portugal. Their joining strengthens Europe and strengthens them.
(Interruption by Mr Paisley: That is our message to you, Mrs Thatcher)
The European Council at Fontainebleau introduced a much needed fairness into the Community's financial arrangements. We have set a target date of 1992 for realizing one of the Community's original goals...
(Mr Paisley held up a poster bearing the words: 'Ulstersays No Tin front of Mrs Thatcher)
||SOUNDBITE (English) Ian PAISLEY: "I would like to indict you Mrs Thatcher, as a traitor to the loyalist people of Nothern Irland in denying them the right to vote on the Anglo-Irish Agreement." - Strasbourg 09/12/1986
||SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret THATCHER, President-in-Office of the European Council. — "May I make this point: in 1984 we agreed to raise the VAT ceiling in the Community. I justified that increase in the British Parliament, as others did in their Parliaments, on the grounds that the Community needed more funds to cope with enlargement and to allow more resources for new policies. Mr Delors has told us today that those new policies are being thwarted because too much of our resources are still being pre-empted by one policy alone; a necessary policy, but one which has to be adapted to today's needs, to a Community in which 90% of the people are not engaged in agriculture. One has been very concerned and one's confidence in the procedures of financial discipline is very shaken when we hear from some quarters that Community finances are characterized by disastrous overspending. Yet at the same time as that comment is made, more money is requested. We cannot do both." - Strasbourg 09/12/1986
||SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret THATCHER, President-in-Office of the European Council. — "Finally, Mr President, may I thank you for offering me this opportunity to reply. It seems to me that some people do not like me to reply quite as vigorously as they attack me. It is a reciprocal business with us, I hope it is with you. (Laughter) May I make it absolutely clear that Britain is fully communautaire and that in many cases she is leading the pack and will continue to lead the pack in facing the real problems. And I shall be just as realistic and frank about who isn't as I have been today." - Strasbourg 09/12/1986
||SOUNDBITE (English) Margaret THATCHER, British Prime Minister. — "Our agreement is that we will have a look at it in January 1987. No money from Britain? We are the second biggest net contributor. Germany is the biggest, we are the next biggest, France is the third biggest. The money of the three of us, 5 billions ECU, is redistributed among the other nine." (1986)