"South for Growth":
- extracts from the debate
Lieu: Athens, Greece
End production: 04/11/2013 First transmission: 04/11/2013
A "South for Growth" event was organised in Athens by the European Parliament Information Office in Greece, in cooperation with the European Parliament Information Offices in Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Participants debated about the recovery of the member states that have been affected the most by the crisis. MEPs and journalists from six co-organizing countries debated how to launch recovery, how EU policies can help to fuel growth and how more and better jobs can be created. South for Growth aims to encourage debate on how growth can be stimulated in view of the 2014 European elections.
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||Exterior shots at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall and atmosphere shots.
||Entrance of the MEPs and journalists
||Interior of the Megaron Athens Concert Hall, people inside
||SOUNDBITE (English), Anni PODIMATA (S&D, EL): "Nothing can be done if people stand sceptical or even against the European project. We know that we have to work hard to regain their trust. We know that we need to improve the democratic accountability and transparency in the European decision making process. To do so, we must convince citizens that their participation matters. Against today's strong and I would say legitimate popular perception that the EU decision making system is a closed doors procedure. These are duty to achieve an unprecedented degree of honesty and clarity in our words and pledges. An unprecedented degree of consistuency between our words and deeds. If we want to regain citizen's trust and if we want to obtain their active realignment to one of the most fabulous historic European achievements, the project of European integration. Thank you very much."
||SOUNDBITE (English), Anni PODIMATA (S&D, EL), EP Vice-President and responsible for communication: "It is our duty to achieve an unprecedented degree of honesty and clarity in our words and pledges. An unprecedented degree of consistency between our words and deeds. If we want to regain citizen's trust and if we want to obtain their active realignment to one of the most fabulous historic European achievements, the project of European integration. Thank you very much." Applause.
||SOUNDBITE (English) Kostis CHATZIDAKIS, Greek Minister for Development : "Crisis is fueling populism, and in our case, the case of Greece, a neo-Nazi party violence and even terrorism. In the North, Southern Europeans are accused of being lazy and irresponsible by the populists, while in the South, Northern Europeans are helpless and bossy according to local populists. We must not let populism and isolationism prevail."
||Interior of the Megaron Athens Concert Hall, speakers at the table, audience