Exchange of views with Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN, Secretary General of NATO:

Type: News   Reference: 93758   Duration: 00:03:45  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 06/05/2013   First transmission: 06/05/2013
-extracts of the debate on "The Future of European Defence - a NATO perspective" -EP Committee on Foreign Affairs Jointly with the Subcommittee on Security and Defence and in the presence of representatives from the National Parliaments Background: The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Subcommittee on Security and Defence held an exchange of views with Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN, Secretary General of NATO in the European Parliament. Most of the discussions concentrated on how NATO can better cooperate within the European Union in order to provide a stronger sense of defence and security to in the region. Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN highlighted that apart from economical and military will, there also needs to be a political will in order for NATO to better fulfil its role.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 Atmosphere before the debate starts, (3 shots) 00:00:13
00:00:23 SOUNDBITE (English): Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN, Secretary General of NATO: "If the EU Nations do not make a firm commitment to invest in security and defence, then all talks about a strengthened European defence and security policy will just be 'hot air'. And it won't bring us any closer to the strong Europe we all want." 00:00:27
00:00:50 SOUNDBITE (English): Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN, Secretary General of NATO: "Soft power alone is really no power at all. Without hard capabilities to back up its diplomacy Europe will lack credibility and influence. It will risk being a global spectator rather the powerful global actor that it can be and should be." 00:00:28
00:01:18 SOUNDBITE (English): Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN, Secretary General of NATO: "The EU council in December should show case a Europe that is both able to act and willing to act. And it should encourage the EU and NATO to do more together, to consult more, coordinate more and cooperate more." 00:00:27
00:01:45 SOUNDBITE (English): Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN, Secretary General of NATO: "We need more cooperation, consultation and coordination when it comes to politics and here we have an absurd situation, in formal meetings we are only allowed to discuss one issue, one issue Bosnia, because the EU conducts an operation in Bosnia within the Berlin + Framework as it is called, I won't go into all the technical details, the bottom line is that is the only issue we allowed to discuss in formal meetings." 00:00:36
00:02:21 SOUNDBITE (English): Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN, Secretary General of NATO: "Obviously the situation in Syria remains a matter of concern, we are concern about the disastrous humanitarian situation, we are concerned about the risk of spill over in the region, we are concerned about the possible use of chemical weapons, so we urge the International community to find a political solution as soon as possible." 00:00:23
00:02:44 SOUNDBITE (English): Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN, Secretary General of NATO: "We are very much focused on reforming our military forces in the direction of more deploy ability, so less static structures, more mobility and more ability to deploy where it is actually necessary that is actually the essence of ongoing reform and transformation efforts within NATO." 00:00:27
00:03:11 SOUNDBITE (English): Anders Fogh RASMUSSEN, Secretary General of NATO: "If the Europeans don't invest in the Transatlantic relationships it may weaken that bond, but actually we have seen a strong US commitment to EU security , for example the US contribution to a NATO defence missile system, that is a US commitment to addressing emergency security challenges, the new threats." 00:00:28
00:03:39 cut away shots, (2 shots) 00:00:06
00:03:45 END 00:00:00
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