On 11 September 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, delivered the State of the Union Address 2013 at the plenary session of the EP in Strasbourg.
Exactly five years after the fall of Lehman Brothers, this speech recalled what had been achieved since then.
This video shows extracts of his closing remarks and those of some of the EP political group leaders.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in PORTUGUESE) on the values of solidarity and responsibility for a true union of the European Union
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): What is going to be your story to the electors? Are you going to say like the populists or the extremists that everything is wrong in Europe, I think that if you go that way, you will only reinforce those who don't believe as we believe in European values.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): To pretend as they pretend that against all scientists that the problem of climate change is just an invention of the Greens or of the Left is completely non sense, of course we have to find a sensible way to fight climate change. We have to fight at the same time for competitiveness in Europe.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): One of you said Greece is the victim of the policies of Europe. False! Completely! Greece is the victim of the irresponsible behaviour of the governments of Greece. This is the reality.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Without the EU, the countries that are now are now in a difficult situation would be in a much worse situation without Europe they would be suffering much more and so this is important to put the record straight because if not, our electors, your electors will think that Europe is to blame when in fact as I said, Europe even if it is not perfect, Europe has not created the problem, Europe is a victim of the problem and Europe is certainly part of the solution, I thank you for your attention.
||Cutaways of the audience applauding (4 shots)
||Martin Schulz, President of the EP
||Soundbite by Nigel Farage, Member of the EP, (in ENGLISH): It is democratic Nation states in Europe that are stable that will not go to war with each other and I remind people that without the vote in the House of Commons two weeks ago we would now be at war in Syria. What better proof can that be but Nation state democracy can be a force for good.
||Soundbite by Rebecca Harms, Member of the EP and Co-Chairwoman of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, (in GERMAN) saying that when people try to create a beautiful landscape and try to somehow win people over, this is a sign of the insecurity that exists because of the financial crisis, poor distribution and because of this lack of justice. This insecurity with regard with what is going to happen in the future is something has to be taken seriously and not to be beautified.
||Soundbite by Guy Verhofstadt, Member of the EP (in ENGLISH): What we have to defend is a pro European line but a pro European line that is another Europe than today, a more integrated Europe than we have today. That is a message that I am sure can be very popular if we want it because who can believe Mr Callahan who is telling to everybody together with Mr Farage that we shall beat the Chinese and that we shall beat the Indians and that we shall beat economically the Americans by retreating g behind our national borders?
||Soundbite by Hannes Swoboda, Member of the EP and President of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) at the EP, (in ENGLISH): There is a mayor in the South of Spain who makes now lottery in the swimming pool of the city to get as a prize transitional temporary job. This is not what we want. People have the right to have a job. We want a policy for jobs; we don't want lotteries to get a temporary job. We want a European employment policy to get permanent jobs, sustainable jobs that is what we are fighting for, I hope we have you on our side.
||General view of the audience applauding
||Soundbite by Joseph Daul, President of the European People's Party (EPP) Group, (in FRENCH) saying that the truth has to be told to the citizens. That is true that he is in favour of a social fiscal policy and he fought tooth and mouth to have a proper agricultural policy and now they have the same policies in Europe. If they had done the same thing in terms of social and fiscal policies now they would not be in a situation they are today that is what they have to tell their electorate and that is what they have to defend to save Europe.
||General views of the audience applauding (2 shots)