Liberal leaders meet ahead of the European Council (27-28 June):
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium
End production: 27/06/2013 First transmission: 27/06/2013
Liberal leaders held a meeting before the start of the European Council (27-28 June). June European Council will focus on Economic Policy with three main issues: conclusion of this year's European Semester, including country specific recommendations; evaluation of efforts to boost competitiveness, jobs and growth; progress on the completion of the EU's economic and monetary union, in particular the banking union.
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||Exterior shot at Concert Noble, Brussels.
||Arrival of Commissioner Cecilia MALMSTRöM
||Arrival of Comissioner Janez POTOčNIK
||Arrival of Werner HOYER, President of the European Investement Bank.
||Arrivial of Estonian Prime Minister, Andrus ANSIP
||Arrivial of Slovenian Prime Minister, Alenka BRATUšEK
||SOUNDBITE (English) Graham WATSON, President of ALDE Group: "It is true we need action from our heads of state and government on the issue of youth unemployment. Some of the ideas that have been brought forward today seem very sensible to us, particularly the frontloading of the spending on helping young people get back to work. But in the end, if we want to create jobs, we need to be more competitive, we have to take away many of the burdens that small businesses are facing, and it's the competitiveness agenda that our head of state and government need to address seriously. We are obviously concerned too that this summit will be dominated by the ongoing disagreement over the EU budget, it is essential that the heads of state and government recognise the need to reach agreement with the European Parliament on a fairly limited series of demands in order to get the security we need".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Olli REHN, Commissioner: "It's very important that the European Council takes very important decisions to tackle youth unemployment and to improve the financing conditions of SMEs, which is the major problem for economic growth especially in Southern Europe."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Olli REHN, Commissioner: "We are clearly doing good progress on the Multi Financial Framework (MFF) for the years 2014-2020, and I've been listening to what Guy VERHOFSTADT says and his view on how important it is that the Parliament and the Council could agree on the MFF. Many funding programmes of the EU, including for SMEs and tackling youth unemployment, are depending on having an agreement on MFF".
||Round table meeting (4 shots)