European Council, Brussels, 19-20/03/2009 (SD)

Type: Best-of   Reference: I-060982   Duration: 10:35:12  Lieu: Brussels - Council/Justus Lipsius
End production: 25/03/2009
The European Union leaders gathered in Brussels on 19 and 20/03/2009 for a two-day meeting to discuss ways of getting out of the global economic crisis and to reach a strong common position ahead of the G20 summit on 02/04/2009. Although there were calls from the United States to spend more, the 27 Member States decided that the existing European stimulus package was sufficient for the moment, and gave priority to the development of better regulation for the financial sector. The European Council agreed to release 5 billion euro of unspent money from the EU budget to invest in energy and broadband Internet. They doubled the emergency fund for EU Member States with balance of payments problems to 50 billion euro. Moreover, the leaders also agreed to provide 75 billion euro as a voluntary loan to the IMF to enable to help countries affected by the crisis.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:20
10:00:20 1.GENERAL ATMOSPHERE 00:03:31
10:00:20 Title 00:00:05
10:00:25 Exterior views of the EU Council building: EU flags, satellite vans and security measures (7 shots) 00:01:04
10:01:29 Journalists at work in press area (15 shots) 00:01:52
10:03:21 Eurovision control room (4 shots) 00:00:30
10:03:51 2.ARRIVALS 00:21:27
10:03:51 Title 00:00:04
10:03:56 Arrival of Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP (3 shots) 00:00:10
10:04:06 Arrival of Lech Kaczyński, President of Poland 00:00:11
10:04:17 Arrival of Luc van den Brande, President of the Committee of the Regions (3 shots) 00:00:13
10:04:30 Arrival of Mirek Topolánek, Czech Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU (4 shots) 00:00:14
10:04:44 Arrival of Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs (4 shots) 00:00:21
10:05:05 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): we need to increase the capacity for IMF; we have seen in Europe that we need it; these are very tough times for a lot of countries, so it is very important to have that capacity. (6 shots) 00:00:41
10:05:46 Arrival of Brian Cowen, Irish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:25
10:06:11 Arrival of Jan Peter Balkenende, Dutch Prime Minister, and soundbite (in DUTCH) on the agenda of the summit: first point, we have the preparation of our message to the G20 meeting; secondly, we need to send a clear message of support to our economies, so that we can put the economic growth of Europe back on track. (6 shots) 00:01:08
10:07:19 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): in Europe we have 27 countries; we do not have an Eastern Europe and a Western Europe; we look at each country on its own merits; what we have said is that we are ready to provide help if necessary in a spirit of solidarity and responsibility; we have been doing this with all countries that have required so far balance of payment support; if needed, of course we will be able to respond to these needs. (6 shots) 00:01:12
10:08:31 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:38
10:09:09 Arrival of Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:40
10:09:49 Arrival of Matti Vanhanen, Finnish Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): the most important in this meeting is to give a common EU position to the G20 meeting; the heart of this financial crisis is in the banking system; we have to find a solution for the bad assets; the stimulus package will not be effective enough before we can also solve the real problem. (6 shots) 00:00:51
10:10:40 Arrival of Andrius Kubilius, Lithuanian Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): I think that solidarity really shown is a good sign; it is an instrument which can help all of us, especially in the Baltic, in Central and Eastern Europe. (5 shots) 00:00:52
10:11:32 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and soundbite (in GERMAN): this meeting is of course devoted to debating the current international financial and economic crisis; all Member States have taken their own programmes of measures discussed in December; now I would like to propose some other measures made by the Commission for 2009-2010. (5 shots) 00:01:59
10:13:31 Arrival of Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus (6 shots) 00:00:39
10:14:10 Arrival of Borut Pahor, Slovenian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:13
10:14:23 Arrival of Ferenc Gyurcsány, Hungarian Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:40
10:15:03 Arrival of Herman van Rompuy, Belgian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:33
10:15:36 Arrival of Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, and soundbite (in GERMAN): we must show that we respect the principle of social market; a solution to the financial crisis will come through the reform of the banking sector; we need more control and transparency. (6 shots) 00:01:03
10:16:39 Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor (5 shots) 00:00:36
10:17:15 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourgish Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, and President of the Eurogroup, and soundbite (in GERMAN) on the issue of tax haven: we think that no European country can accept a black or grey list where Member States would be included, because all Member States have common interests; even more if we take into account that Belgium, Austria and Luxembourg have made progress on the exchange of fiscal information; so I think there are few chances that it happens. (5 shots) 00:01:22
10:18:37 Arrival of Sergei Stanishev, Bulgarian Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) on the principle of solidarity: it is a major principle of the EU; it should be continued and sustained; my country is in a better financial and economic shape than many others in the EU; this is not a reason for relaxation. (4 shots) 00:00:52
10:19:29 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:23
10:19:52 Arrival of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:24
10:20:16 Arrival of Kostas Karamanlis, Greek Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:22
10:20:38 Arrival of Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:34
10:21:12 Arrival of Gordon Brown, British Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:42
10:21:54 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (5 shots) 00:00:55
10:22:49 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): I think that this 5 billion euro recovery plan is a very good plan; it is not only for stimulating the economies in our Member States but it will support getting a safer energy environment in the EU soon. (6 shots) 00:00:51
10:23:40 Arrival of Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:37
10:24:17 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, President of Romania (5 shots) 00:00:35
10:24:52 Arrival of Robert Fico, Slovak Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:14
10:25:06 Arrival of José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister (2 shots) 00:00:13
10:25:19 3.ROUND TABLE 00:02:19
10:25:19 Title 00:00:04
10:25:24 Werner Faymann with Angela Merkel 00:00:08
10:25:32 Angela Merkel with Brian Cowen 00:00:04
10:25:36 Herman van Rompuy 00:00:07
10:25:43 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, with Traian Băsescu and Emil Boc, Romanian Prime Minister 00:00:09
10:25:52 Javier Solana with José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Miguel Ángel Moratinos 00:00:06
10:25:58 Mirek Topolánek 00:00:05
10:26:03 Javier Solana with Hans-Gert Pöttering 00:00:06
10:26:09 Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, with Franco Frattini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs 00:00:07
10:26:16 Demetris Christofias and Gordon Brown 00:00:06
10:26:22 Benita Ferrero-Waldner with Jean-Claude Juncker and Franco Frattini 00:00:08
10:26:30 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero with Gordon Brown 00:00:05
10:26:35 Nicolas Sarkozy and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 00:00:06
10:26:41 General view of the round table 00:00:03
10:26:44 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso and handshake with Andrius Kubilius (filmed on 20/03/2009) (2 shots) 00:00:16
10:27:00 José Manuel Barroso and Jan Peter Balkenende 00:00:07
10:27:07 Angela Merkel with Nicolas Sarkozy and Christine Lagarde, French Minister for the Economy, Industry and Employment (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:27:21 José Manuel Barroso with Gordon Brown, Jan Peter Balkenende and Alexandr Vondra, Czech Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs 00:00:08
10:27:29 General view of the round table 00:00:09
10:27:38 4.GROUP PHOTO 00:01:59
10:27:38 Title 00:00:04
10:27:43 Group photo (12 shots) From left to right: 1st row: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Herman van Rompuy, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Hans-Gert Pöttering, Andrius Kubilius, Lech Kaczyński, Mirek Topolánek, Alexandr Vondra, Demetris Christofias, Nicolas Sarkozy, José Manuel Barroso, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Ferenc Gyurcsány, Brian Cowen and Javier Solana. 2nd row: Valdis Dombrovskis, ?, ?, Lawrence Gonzi, Gordon Brown, Andrus Ansip, Sergei Stanishev, Jean-Claude Juncker, Matti Vanhanen, Angela Merkel, José Sócrates, ?, Donald Tusk and Emil Boc. 3rd row: Jean Asselborn, Luxembourgish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Franco Frattini, ?, Karel de Gucht, Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg, Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Kinga Göncz, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Per Stig Møller, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dora Bakoyannis, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, Māris Riekstiņš, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and ?. 4th row: Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs, ?, ?, Alexander Stubb, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cristian Diaconescu, Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Michael Spindelegger, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, David Miliband, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, and Tonio Borg, Maltese Minister for Foreign Affairs. 00:01:55
10:29:38 5.EXTRACTS FROM THE FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE 00:02:44
10:29:38 Title 00:00:04
10:29:43 General view of the press conference room 00:00:11
10:29:54 Soundbite by Mirek Topolánek (in CZECH): I'd like to mention three particular figures: 5, 50, 75, each in billion euro; 5 billion euro for particular projects with concrete objectives for the energy security of the EU supporting innovation and technology as the EU package; I am very pleased we adopted that; 50 billion euro, that is the amount which we will increase the guarantee for countries which have problems with balance of payments; that is the double of the amount we had for that, from 25 to 50; if there is a need to help countries which are particularly affected by the crisis then it is a possibility to help them; and the 75 billion euro is the figure for a voluntary loan to IMF to enable them to react better in the context of the crisis. 00:00:56
10:30:50 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): two concrete examples: our agreement on the 5 billion euro initiative of unspent money for truly European projects, namely on energy but also on broadband Internet; and the agreement reached on the doubling of the facility for balance of payment support for Member States who might need it coming from 25 billion to 50 billion euro. 00:00:26
10:31:16 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:31:21 Soundbite by Alexandr Vondra (in CZECH): Nabucco is on the list of projects, in fact is the first one under the name Nabucco; 200 million euro is the amount for that; it concerns particularly Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and Germany, the countries involved in the project, via one of the companies; there were discussions on that but we managed to have an agreement with Germany too. (2 shots) 00:00:57
10:32:18 General view 00:00:05
10:32:23 6.STATEMENTS 00:03:01
10:32:23 Title 00:00:04
10:32:28 José Manuel Barroso and Mirek Topolánek in the newsroom (2 shots) 00:00:12
10:32:40 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on the outcome of the summit: I think it was very important to come to a common approach; of course we have different situations in Europe, but it was very important to have this common approach regarding the stimulus to the economy, regarding the reform of the financial system, regarding the concerns about employment; all those points are linked; yes, I think there was a real progress in terms of a common action by the Member States; this is well demonstrated by the concrete results; it was not just principles; it was a decision, for instance, for a 5 billion euro additional money for interconnections in Europe; it was a decision to double our financial facility to support balance of payments in countries that might need it from 25 billion to 50 billion euro; it was a decision to put more resources for the IMF; so I'm speaking not just about agreement on principles but concrete decisions regarding spending and solidarity. 00:01:00
10:33:40 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:33:46 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on the EU contribution to the upcoming G20 meeting: it was a very important summit because it was possible to achieve a common position; so those of us that are going to the G20 summit in London, the European Commission and some Member States, will be speaking for all Europe, because we have agreed a very concrete list of principles and proposals for the G20 summit; of course we are doing this as a contribution; we have a global crisis and we need a global response to the crisis; but it is important that Europe as such appears with a coordinated approach as a contribution for a coordinated global approach as well. 00:00:34
10:34:20 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:34:26 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on EU response to international calls asking for EU spending more money in its stimulus package: the European Union is already investing huge sums of money, not only in terms of the fiscal discretionary stimulus but also in terms of the automatic stabilisers, something that we have and is more ambitious in Europe than in the United States, and also in terms of the guarantees that we are giving to the financial system and to the banks; if you consider all those contributions, the budgetary contributions including the guarantees, it is almost 23% of the GDP of Europe; so it is a huge effort and of course we believe it is an important contribution to this common approach. 00:00:39
10:35:05 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:35:12 Copyright 00:00:12
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