Preparations for the European Council meeting (19 -20 December 2013): - extracts from the Council and Commission statements EPRef95246 // European Parliament , Strasbourg, EP Plenary session, Hemicycle //

Type: News   Reference: 95246   Duration: 00:02:49  Lieu: European Parliament, Strasbourg
End production: 11/12/2013   First transmission: 11/12/2013
Council presidency and Commission representatives put forward their views on the main topics scheduled for the European Council summit 19 and 20 December, such as the common security and defence policy, the economy and taxation.

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00:00:05 Exterior view of the European Parliament, Strasbourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Vytautas LESKEVICIUS, President in exercise of the European Council," Defence budgets are shrinking. Our fragmented European defence industry is struggling to remain competitive. If Members states harmonized their requirement for military capabilities, they would be able to use their resources more efficiently." 00:00:18
00:00:28 SOUNDBITE (English) Vytautas LESKEVICIUS, President in exercise of the European Council," If Europe wants to maintain strategic autonomy and ensure the security of supply action is needed at European level furthermore creating a more competitive and integrated European defence industry would also stimulate job creation innovation and growth." 00:00:20
00:00:48 SOUNDBITE (English) Maros SEFCOVIC, European Commission Vice-president," We need to maintain our efforts ,the recovery can not be just for some. Unemployment and hardship remain part of a harsh reality for many European families. So we can not and will not leave the job half finished." 00:00:14
00:01:02 SOUNDBITE (English) Maros SEFCOVIC, European Commission Vice-president," We need to first of all complete the banking Union by putting in place a Single Resolution Mechanism and a Single Resolution Fund." 00:00:08
00:01:10 SOUNDBITE (English) Maros SEFCOVIC, European Commission Vice-president," Financing the solidarity support should come from all participating member states whether in the form of budgetary support, grants, loans or guarantees and it should reflect the ambition level and the shock absorption capacities of the receiving countries." 00:00:16
00:01:26 SOUNDBITE (English) Maros SEFCOVIC, European Commission Vice-president," Today more than 75% of investment in defence equipment is spent national. We need to avoid duplication of the programmes. It makes no sense that we need 7 models of the same helicopters or 16 types of frigates serving the same purpose while the US has just one. We need to share assets and to develop common standards and we will risk losing critical expertise and autonomy.." 00:00:24
00:01:50 SOUNDBITE (English) Maros SEFCOVIC, European Commission Vice-president," On migration fir instance , the Commission expects that the EU Council would endorse the need to move forward with a concrete action which flows from the work of the task force for the Mediterranean. The Lampedusa strategy made id painfully clear that we need to step up border control operations and enhance our capacity to detect boats in the Mediterranean." 00:00:22
00:02:12 SOUNDBITE (English) Maros SEFCOVIC, European Commission Vice-president, "We need to step up our cooperation with third countries for instance new dialogue on migration ,mobility and security should be launched with a number of Southern Mediterranean countries, notably with Egypt, Libya Algeria and Lebanon." 00:00:14
00:02:26 SOUNDBITE (English) Maros SEFCOVIC, European Commission Vice-president," European values and principles must be respected and this is true for Ukrainian authorities but it is true for everyone of course, especially after what happened last night, We have to reiterate that violence is never the answer. The solution must be found by political means and this solution must be found through dialogue with Ukrainian opposition and civil society." 00:00:23
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