Debate on the future of the European Union: - MEPs debate

Type: News   Reference: 93354   Duration: 00:05:18  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. The Finnish Prime Minister delivered a statement in Plenary focused on the EU's current and future challenges. 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, Chairs of the European Groups expressed their points of view on the subject.

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00:00:05 EXTERIOR SHOT on the European Parliament, Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL (EPP, FR) Chair of EPP Group : English translation : "We need to head for more European integration, we shouldn't be afraid to say that at difficult times in the crisis, when everyone wants to turn on themselves. Beginning with fiscal and social harmonization it's not taboo; we're not talking about standardization which would be more of a disadvantage than an advantage. Harmonizing means sharing our strengths on the number of hours worked per week, the number of weeks of leave, the right to retirement, social spendings : we need to work on the same basis. The Single Market has made considerable progress but because of the enduring national differences there have been many undesirable effects. And I know what I'm talking about as the head of a company : with simply on the other side of the Rhine the distortion of competition, out of 60 millions of turn over in my business, one million 200 0000 is the difference in costs just because my slaughter is not located on the other side of the Rhine." 00:01:04
00:01:14 SOUNDBITE (French) Joseph DAUL (EPP, FR) Chair of EPP Group : English translation : "I was recently in Greece, a head of company who had a project said : should I invest, my interest rates is between 100 and 12%. I said : no, you can't invest at moment in an economic project with such a high interest rate. That means that in that country you cannot create jobs, and that's the real problem we have to tackle. And I'm wondering about overcoming the unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, we have to find a solution, Prime Minister. I know I may shock some people, but is it not high time to think about a responsible sharing of public debt in Europe so that the interest rates for investors are the same in all countries." 00:00:47
00:02:01 SOUNDBITE (English) HANNES SWOBODA (S&D, AT) Chair of S&D Group : "One trillion of money is lost for the tax authorities in Europe. One trillion per year. If only a part of that would be going to the tax authorities we could pay back to the debt, or we could finance a growth economy, a growth project for Europe. Now, when the media started to pick up the issue and publish, even Mister Cameron said : it's time to wake p and smell the coffee. But it's not only time to smell the coffee but to drink the coffee and to do something against that." 00:00:35
00:02:36 SOUNDBITE (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, BE) Chair of ALDE Group : "I have here the study made by ING, that's the second largest bank in Holland, by their branch in London, so it has been made in London, in the City of London, what ca you do better than to have the City make an analysis of this. A what is this analysis showing ? That is that the break of the Euro should create economic meltdown in Europe, and that the first victim of that should be Germany." 00:00:32
00:03:08 SOUNDBITE (English) Guy VERHOFSTADT (ALDE, BE) Chair of ALDE Group : "The currencies of the main European markets for German industry will devaluate, with an average of 20%, killing all German exports to these markets. The second point, is that the new German currency, the Deutsche Mark, would slump to parity with the Dollar, immediately, so loosing immediately 20% of its value, and making imports and certainly imports of energy over expensive. And then the last conclusion, made in the City of London by ING, is that the breaking of the Euro should create a shrink of the German GDP by nearly 10% in only 2 years." 00:00:46
00:03:54 SOUNDBITE (French) Daniel COHN-BENDIT, Chair of Greens/EFA Group : English translation : ""What was the greatest victory ever achieved by Margaret Thatcher ? Well she created 27 children, 27 national governments all saying the same thing: I want my money back. And that's the problem, and you were part of those negotiations with other countries when it came to put together the European budget. Because this is the absolute killer for the European Union in the future, it's going to lead to the demise of the European solidarity and that's a terrible set back for us and you contributed to that. Because in this time of crisis, now, we have a budget which has a 20% cut in structural funds for Greece : that's not intelligent ! And then again, 25% cut for Portugal : how intelligent is that ?" 00:00:50
00:04:44 SOUNDBITE (English) Jyrki KATAINEN, Prime Minister of Finland : "If you wanted to create Eurobonds, which would be joined and shared by all, for me it's like creating religion without devil. " 00:00:08
00:04:52 SOUNDBITE (English) Jyrki KATAINEN, Prime Minister of Finland : "If you allow the financial market forces to do or repeat the same mistakes that they did during the first decade of existence of Europe, it doesn't help us in the long run." 00:00:13
00:05:05 CUTAWAYS : 6 shots 00:00:13
00:05:18 END 00:00:00
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