- MEPs statements
Lieu: Justus Lipsius building, Brussels
End production: 28/06/2013 First transmission: 28/06/2013
European leaders agreed on new steps to fight youth unemployment and promote lending to small business. MEPs comments on the Council decissions as well as on deals on banking resolution and the long-term EU budget.
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||Exterior shot at the Council buliding.
||Introduction shot Hannes SWOBODA, Chair of the S&D Group.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Hannes SWOBODA, Chair of the S&D Group: "Of course 6 billions are not enough, therefore the EP fought for the years afterwards to have also the money out of the flexibility of the budget to use non-used money for that. Secondly, the banking union is important to give confidence to the banking sector, so that they can lend money to the SMEs. Third, we have the EIB, who is also starting to give credits, so we have to see a package: it's not only public money, it's also banking money and of course national money. And the companies have to do their job, to engage more young people, and I hope that with the whole package, in 5 years, we have a dramatic decrease of youth unemployment in Europe."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Hannes SWOBODA, Chair of the S&D Group, on the MFF deal: "I think it's not an ideal situation or an ideal budget but I think is a reasonable compromise, we will discuss it in the group and take a democratic decision. My advice to the group will be to accept the deal if the Council accepts it as it is."
||Introductory shot Rebecca HARMS, Chair of the Greens-EFA Group, cutaway.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca HARMS, Chair of the Greens-EFA Group: "My group recognises that we do not have enough money to fight really the tremendous youth unemployment of young well skilled people in all the countries of the South of Europe."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca HARMS, Chair of the Greens-EFA Group: "This word, guarantee, I can't buy. Because there are now fund, there is an idea on how to help young people to find a job or the possibility to learn a job, but the need to fight the recession in the South of Europe, the growing recession, should be in the core of the decisions of this Council. If you have a help-job paid by the state in Europe, you have no clear perspective beyond one or two years".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca HARMS, Chair of the Greens-EFA Group: "We have been very surprised yesterday by the decision of President Martin SCHULZ to agree at this stage on a European budget for the next 7 years. For us it remains a small budget, compared to what we need. We don't want to spend all the money here in Brussels as some people may think. We need more money to fulfil better the European challenges like unemployment, like recession, like the need to invest in innovation".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Rebecca HARMS, Chair of the Greens-EFA Group: "The old structures of the budget, the wrong priorities, the lack of full flexibility, not mentioning own resources... The rebate is coming back now! This is not what we need for a better EU".
||Cutaway of press room and introduction shot of Martin CALLANAN, Chair of the ECR Group.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin CALLANAN, Chair of the ECR Group: (on the 6 billion for youth unemployment) "It's to be welcomed but it's relatively low amount of money and we don't think the way to solve youth unemployment is through the EU budget. It will be solved by member states, by reducing taxation, by having a more flexible labour market, by encouraging businesses and industry to employ more people. Frankly, spending small public money at European level it's not going to solve the problem of youth unemployment".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Martin CALLANAN, Chair of the ECR Group: (on MFF deal) "We were supportive on the MFF deal in February, and the reality is nothing has changed, there is no deal. There is a small amount of flexibility built into it but this is the Parliament climbing down. There is no really new deal, the totals remain the same, payments and commitments remain the same... this is about face saving for Martin SCHULZ and the Parliament delegation, there is no real change".
||Cutaways (2 shots)