State of the Union:

Type: News   Reference: 94481   Duration: 00:04:32  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 11/09/2013   First transmission: 11/09/2013
- extracts from statements by EP Political group leaders Background: Commission president José Manuel Barroso delivered his last State of the Union speech for this legislative term today. He presented to MEPs his plans from now until the EP elections in May 2014.

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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, (France), (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (French): Joseph DAUL, (EPP,FR) President of the EPP group: "We have to pursue the reform, we have to move forward and I think the Commission can play a particular role there. It is into the second half now of the match and now we need to complete the Single market that can add at least one percent to growth, this is a modest estimate and this does not even cost one 1 Euro to do it." 00:00:25
00:00:35 SOUNDBITE (French): Joseph DAUL, (EPP,FR) President of the EPP group: "In 10 months the European elections will lead to a debate, very soon and it won't be a left-right division, it will be about visions for Europe. What kind of Europe do we want; Europe is the best place to defend the interest of Europeans. We need European diplomacy; we need European common defence, not to go to war with anyone, but to ensure that we have peace and to help the poorest people in the world. The less Europe you have the more failure you have." 00:00:32
00:01:07 SOUNDBITE (English): Hannes SWOBODA, (S&D, AU), President of the S&D group: "In Portugal your own country, I don't know if you Mr Barroso spoke like I did, recently when I was in Setubal with the characters, they can show you that children are taken out of the kindergarten because people are ashamed to send their children with poor cloths into the kindergarten, this is also the reality of Europe. Show that the glass not only half full, it is also half empty, we have still a lot to do and change the policies of the Commission." (- applause-) 00:00:34
00:01:41 SOUNDBITE (English): Hannes SWOBODA, (S&D, AU), President of the S&D group: "We had an agreement on the MFF, why is the Council breaking the agreement on the MFF? We had an agreement in this case together with the Commission fighting front loading, the fight against Youth unemployment, the Council doesn't frontload the Council is reducing the money for unemployment, this is not acceptable for us!" 00:00:22
00:02:03 SOUNDBITE (English): Guy VERHOFSTADT, (ALDE,BE), President of the ALDE group: "We have given a whole bunch, a whole range of early signs of recovery, but I think we have to make a realistic assessment, a realistic analysis of the situation. This first signs of recovery are more the proof of the fact that we hit the bottom of the recession, the bottom of the recession and that means that we enter in what I call a second phase of this crisis. I think it is far too easy only to see the negative points as has been done a few minutes ago, I think it is also not fair only to see the positive sides and say OK, it is over now, we are going up again, that it is not true, what we in fact see is a second phase in this crisis." 00:00:49
00:02:52 SOUNDBITE (English): Guy VERHOFSTADT, (ALDE,BE), President of the ALDE group: "Let's do a number of crucial fights and dossiers in the next months so that we can also do something concrete in these 7-8 months in this period of this legislature. My proposals are two things, we have a proposal from the Commission on the resolution fund to complete the Banking Union, why not on a fast track adopt this proposal of the Commission?" 00:00:27
00:03:19 SOUNDBITE (German): Rebecca HARMS (VERTS, DE), Co-President of the Greens: "It is appalling that over the past 5 years under your watch climate policy has been neglected. We keep hearing about energy efficiency and resource efficiency, renewable energies has been the future, but this European Union thanks to the European Commission is now going over to new subsidies for nuclear and for coal. New efficient technologies are now going to be disadvantaged and that is not in the interest of the citizens." 00:00:40
00:03:59 SOUNDBITE (German): Rebecca HARMS (VERTS, DE), Co-President of the Greens: "Farm reform is unfair and un-ecological, the trade agreement with the U.S. that you are now starting to negotiate, that is going to cost 10 of thousands of farming jobs across Europe, is that what you really want Mr Barroso? 00:00:23
00:04:22 cut away shots, (4 shots) 00:00:10
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