Informal European Council of Ghent, 18/10/2001

Type: Best-of   Reference: I-037717   Duration: 00:28:14  Lieu: Ghent
End production: 24/10/2001
The Informal Ghent European Council has not adopted formal conclusions. On the repercussions of the 11/09/01 attacks on the economy of the EU, the Heads of State and Government would have gone further than the extraordinary Summit of 21/09/01 and would have "made an account". On the absence of the Foreign Ministers (apart from Louis Michel, President of the General Affairs Council), the Heads of State and Government discussed the most pressing current events - the fighting against terrorism, the situation in Afghanistan and the economic consequences - during the afternoon. Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister and President-in-office of the Council invited Didier Reynders, Belgian Minister of Economy, Wim Duisenberg, President of the ECB, and Pedro Solbes, Member of the EC responsible for the Economic and Monetary Affairs, to introduce a report on the preparations before releasing Euro notes and Euro coins into circulation. This report gave the Heads of State and Government the opportunity to debate the consequences of the 11/09/01as far as the economy is concerned. The Laeken Declaration has been discussed among the Heads the State and Government in view of the next Summit on the 15/12/01.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Generic and Title 00:00:24
00:00:25 1. General atmosphere in the city and in the press center 00:06:19
00:00:25 Title 00:00:05
00:00:30 General view of the city of Ghent and of the security measures (22 shots) 00:03:08
00:03:38 Exterior view of the press centre (4 shots) 00:00:56
00:04:34 Security measures in the press centre (7 shots) 00:00:51
00:05:25 General view of the press room (11 shots) 00:01:19
00:06:44 2. Heads of state and governement: arrivals, family photo and round table 00:10:24
00:06:44 Title 00:00:04
00:06:49 Arrivals of Tony Blair, British Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac, French President, Lionel Jospin, French Prime Minister, and Gerhard Schröder, German Federal Chancellor; Guy Verhofstadt, Belgium Prime Minister (13 shots) 00:01:51
00:08:40 Arrival of Louis Michel, Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:14
00:08:54 Arrival of Bertie Ahern, Irish Prime Minister, welcomed by Guy Verhofstadt (2 shots) 00:00:15
00:09:09 Arrival of Nicole Fontaine, President of the EP (2 shots) 00:00:20
00:09:29 Arrival of Tarja Halonen, President of Finland (2 shots) 00:00:26
00:09:55 Arrival of Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission (3 shots) 00:00:19
00:10:14 Arrival of José María Aznar, Spanish Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:22
00:10:36 Arrival of Wolfgang Schüssel, Austrian Federal Chancellor (3 shots) 00:00:18
00:10:54 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourgish Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:18
00:11:12 Arrival of Paavo Lipponen, Finnish Prime Minister 00:00:05
00:11:17 Arrival of António Guterres, Portuguese Prime Minister (2 shots) 00:00:27
00:11:44 Arrival of Constantine Simitis, Greek Prime Minister 00:00:19
00:12:03 Arrival of Göran Persson, Swedish Prime Minister 00:00:17
00:12:20 Arrival of Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister (2 shots) 00:00:18
00:12:38 Arrival of Didier Reynders, Belgian Minister of Economy, Wim Duisenberg, President of the European Central Bank, and Pedro Solbes, Member of the EC responsible for Financial and Economic Affairs (2 shots) 00:00:21
00:12:59 Arrival of Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister 00:00:11
00:13:10 Arrival of Wim Kok, Dutch Prime Minister 00:00:15
00:13:25 Family photo (12 shots) 00:01:54
00:15:19 Round table: general view 00:00:04
00:15:23 Silvio Berlusconi and Bertie Ahern talking together 00:00:01
00:15:24 Close up of Gerhard Schröder 00:00:05
00:15:29 Jean-Claude Juncker and Wim Kok talking together 00:00:06
00:15:35 General view of the Belgian Presidency 00:00:06
00:15:41 José María Aznar and Poul Nyrup Rasmussen talking together 00:00:07
00:15:48 Jacques Chirac, Lionel Jospin and António Guterres looking at the presents offered by the Presidency 00:00:07
00:15:55 Close up of Wolfgang Schüssel playing with the electronic agenda offered by the Presidency 00:00:06
00:16:01 Romano Prodi, Tony Blair and Jean-Claude Juncker 00:00:06
00:16:07 Close up of António Guterres 00:00:07
00:16:14 Close up of Tarja Halonen 00:00:06
00:16:20 Close up of Romano Prodi 00:00:05
00:16:25 Close up of Tony Blair 00:00:08
00:16:33 General view of the Presidency with Nicole Fontaine and Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy 00:00:06
00:16:39 Close up of Romano Prodi and pan of the round table 00:00:11
00:16:50 Romano Prodi and Tony Blair 00:00:06
00:16:56 Pan from photographs to round table 00:00:07
00:17:03 General view 00:00:05
00:17:08 3. Extracts from the press conference 00:04:00
00:17:08 Title 00:00:04
00:17:13 Arrival in the press conference of Didier Reynders, Pedro Solbes, and Wim Duisenberg 00:00:05
00:17:18 Didier Reynders on the cross borders payments 00:00:15
00:17:33 Pedro Solbes on the Euro contribution to stability in the Eurozone 00:00:12
00:17:45 Wim Duisenberg on the inflation perspectives for next year and the manoeuvre for monetary policy 00:01:35
00:19:21 Didier Reynders on the manoeuvre for monetary policy and the independence of the ECB 00:00:48
00:20:09 Wim Duisenberg on the significance of next year's perspectives regarding the manoeuvre for monetary policy 00:00:20
00:20:29 Cutaways (5 shots) 00:00:40
00:21:09 4. Extracts from the intermediary press conference 00:01:37
00:21:09 Title 00:00:04
00:21:14 General view of the Presidency with Javier Solana and Romano Prodi during the press conference 00:00:02
00:21:16 Guy Verhofstadt on the trilateral meeting between Germany, United Kingdom and France 00:00:31
00:21:47 Romano Prodi on his declaration regarding the trilateral meeting 00:00:14
00:22:01 Cutaways. (7 shots) 00:00:45
00:22:46 5. Extracts from the national briefings 00:02:14
00:22:46 Title 00:00:04
00:22:51 General view of the French briefing with Jacques Chirac and Lionel Jospin 00:00:06
00:22:57 Jacques Chirac on the European strategy against terrorism as a main objective of the Ghent Council 00:00:18
00:23:15 Lionel Jospin on the economic consequences of 11/09/01 00:00:29
00:23:44 General view of the British briefing 00:00:06
00:23:50 Tony Blair on the future of Afghanistan 00:00:15
00:24:05 General view of the German briefing 00:00:07
00:24:12 Gerhard Schröder on the trilateral meeting 00:00:49
00:25:01 6. Extracts from the final press conference 00:01:28
00:25:01 Title 00:00:04
00:25:06 General view of the press conference 00:00:03
00:25:09 General view of the Presidency talking with Javier Solana 00:00:10
00:25:19 Guy Verhofstadt on the non-presence of Romano Prodi during the final press conference 00:00:24
00:25:43 Guy Verhofstadt on the timing of the Convention following the Laeken Declaration 00:00:13
00:25:56 Cutaways (6 shots) 00:00:33
00:26:29 7. Statement by Nicole Fontaine 00:00:39
00:26:29 Title 00:00:04
00:26:34 Nicole Fontaine on the role the EU must play in helping Arab countries to overcome recent events 00:00:35
00:27:09 8. Statement by Javier Solana 00:01:05
00:27:09 Title 00:00:04
00:27:14 Javier Solana on the situation in the Middle East 00:01:00
00:28:14 Copyright 00:00:11
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