||Arrival of Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister
||SOUNDBITE (in Italian) Mario Monti: Today it's the time to insist on intervention of the Growth Pact which was approved by the European Council in June 2012 upon Italian insistence. There's no bigger wish in the present and future than investment. We have new European rules concerning fiscal discipline. I hope Italy will be listened to as a country today and also in the future because we are a country which has showed an extraordinary trust in Europe. We managed to find an equilibrium in our public finances, which was worrying so much Italians, Europeans and the whole world, and we have put a solid base with so many structural reforms to achieve further growth.
||Arrival of Viktor Orban, Hungarian Prime Minister
||Arrival and SOUNDBITE (in Dutch) by Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands: This is not a "crisis" summit , this is a summit to discuss how we can grow more, how we can better support the young people. There are a lot of possibilities which do not cost a Euro, such as strengthening the internal market or recognising education diplomas, etc..
||Arrival of Herman van Rompuy, President of the Council
||Arrival of Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Joseph Muscat: It is about common sense, namely good governance and public finances. But the only way to assure that is through growth and that is the attitude of my government.
||Arrival and SOUNDBITE (in English) by Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus: I just took on the job fifteen days ago, troika negotiations are ongoing. We want to find the best and most fair agreement. I am bound to implement that agreement to the last iota. I hope that we can find a solution by tomorrow, we are not looking for a privileged treatment, but for a fair one.
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC
||Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg Prime Minister
||SOUNDBITE (in French) Jean-Claude Juncker: I would not exclude that we run the risk of seeing a social revolution. We need to better explain our policy and develop the simple idea of fighting the deficit of the public debt, we run a risk, but it is also true that while growth prospects have not improved and unemployment continues, we have a big problem
||Arrival and SOUNDBITE (in German) by Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany: We are preparing for a European Summit with which the European Semester is starting. We'll discuss general conditions for public budgets, growth, unemployment Our focus must be the fight against youth unemployment. We adopted a growth pact last year, this must be brought alive. The money must be brought to the people so that young people have jobs and we become more competitive.
||Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, Prime Minister of Portugal
||Arrival and SOUNDBITE (in German) by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament: I will talk about the point that many MEPs have asked me to raise today: the Hungarian government does not respect EU fundamental values. We are aiting for Commission evaluation, then we can see whether there will be an Article 7 process.
||Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Enda Kenny: We have to promote stability, growth and jobs. Evidence is beginning to show that it's possible in Ireland. We lost 250.000 jobs three years ago, we have already recreated 80.000 new jobs in the last 18 months. No European leader can be happy with the current situation where 26 million people are unemployed.
||Arrival of Zoran Milanovic, Croatian Prime Minister
||Arrival of David Cameron, UK Prime Minister
||Arrival of François Hollande, French President
||SOUNDBITE (in French) by François Hollande: On Syria, we consider that arms are delivered to Assad. We want to lift the EU arms embargo, not to go for the total war, we favour a political solution. We need to be ready to put pressure. I'll discuss this with my European colleagues. We agree with the UK on that.
||Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Janez Jansa, Slovenian Prime Minister
||Arrival of Antonis Samaras Greek Prime Minister and SOUNDBITE (in English): Europe turns its focus on growth, the biggest European problem at the moment as it creates unemployment and especially youth unemployment. In Greece, we suffer from the highest unemployment rates in our history. This is why today's meeting is important.
||Arrival of Mariano Rajoy, Spanish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister
||Arrival of Traian Băsescu, Romanian President
||Arrival of Dalia Grybauskaite, President of Lithuania
||Arrival and SOUNDBITE (in French) Elio Di Rupo, Prime Minister of Belgium: (Asked about the vote on the EU budget in the Belgian Parliament): I said that while for Belgium it was satisfactory but not for Europe. What we asked Europe is to solve problems such as unemployment, we have 26 million unemployed and it's normal that we ask the EU to lead a policy that brings more growth. To gain trust you need to offer a perspective to citizens and the EU has a big role to play, as much as individual Member States so I hope we can move forward on this line.
||Arrival of Petr Necas, Czech Prime Minister
||Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, Prime Minister of Finland
||Arrival and SOUNDBITE (in English) by Fredrik Reinfeldt, Prime Minister of Sweden: My country has for many years seen the annual budget presented investments in researching development but there are still countries in need of austerity measures because they have such huge deficits and if they do not attempt to that they will be hit very hardly by international markets so there are still differences in what needs to be done.
||Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor and SOUNDBITE (German): Let's not forget how high unemployment is in Europa, when the unemployment rate in regions of 19 countries is over 25%, we cannot say the crisis is not over We have to figure out how to deal with youth unemployment, transaction tax, we don't feel relaxed as long as unemployment is so high.
||Arrival of Rosen Plevneliev
||Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister
||Arrival of Robert Fico, Slovakian Prime Minister