European Council of Brussels, 16/09/2010

Type: Best-of   Reference: I-067222   Duration: 10:25:54  Lieu:
End production: 30/09/2010   First transmission: 30/09/2010
The one day 16/09/2010 European Council, chaired by President Herman Van Rompuy, was devoted to the EU's relations with strategic partners, such as the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) but was also dominated by the heated debate between France and the European Commission on the Roma people. The controversy over France's expulsions of illegal Roma immigrants reached a peak during the preceding days after the European Commission found that the French administrative instruction ("circulaire") of 05/08/2010 was not in conformity with EU rules on free movement and was perceived to have the effect of targeting a specific ethnic minority. Of the scheduled discussions, the European Council considered how to give new momentum to the Union's external relations and took stock of progress achieved in the Task Force on economic governance. EU Ministers for Foreign Affairs reached a Free Trade Agreement with South Korea and decided to grant Pakistan trade concessions after floods.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:20
10:00:20 1. GENERAL ATMOSPHERE 00:01:00
10:00:20 Title 00:00:05
10:00:25 General atmosphere outside the Council building (4 shots) 00:00:21
10:00:46 General atmosphere inside the Council press room, including Eurovision and TV booths (7 shots) 00:00:34
10:01:20 2. ARRIVALS 00:17:54
10:01:20 Title 00:00:05
10:01:25 Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council (8 shots) 00:00:40
10:02:06 Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) on the EU's presence on the international stage: it is exactly the issue for our big debate with Foreign Ministers about strategic partners; it is an opportunity to think about how, now that we have the post Lisbon world, we've got a longer time frame, who are our strategic partners in the sense of who do we want to have those strong relationships with, not just bilaterally, but as partners in what we do, whether that's on development, whether that's on the challenges for example that we face with Iran, on the different challenges in the world. (4 shots) 00:00:56
10:03:02 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (7 shots) 00:00:21
10:03:24 Arrival of Yves Leterme, acting Belgian Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU, and soundbite (in FRENCH) saying that he attended a meeting with François Fillon, French Prime Minister, and understood that on the one hand, Viviane Reding regrets the confusion made with the Second World War, and on the other hand, everyone agrees that the Commission must keep watching over the good implementation of the commitments taken by France; saying that they have to focus on resolving the problems of the Roma people; on whether the Commission is right to criticise France in the way it dealt with the situation: saying that the Commission must take its responsibilities but also, anyone entitled to the freedom of movement must respect property and the rules governing that freedom of movement. (3 shots) 00:00:48
10:04:12 Arrival of Alexander Stubb, Finnish Minister for Foreign Affairs, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) on the Roma situation: it is quite clear that the European Union is based on free movement; the European Union is based on human rights, fundamental rights and non-discrimination; I'm sure that both France is trying to stick within the limits of the treaty and the Commission will act accordingly. (2 shots) 00:00:22
10:04:34 Arrival of Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus (6 shots) 00:00:39
10:05:14 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg (4 shots) 00:00:17
10:05:31 Arrival of Jan Peter Balkenende, Dutch Prime Minister (7 shots) 00:00:44
10:06:15 Arrival of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania (3 shots) 00:00:25
10:06:41 Arrival of David Cameron, British Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:06:56 Arrival of Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (3 shots) 00:00:20
10:07:17 Arrival of Mari Kiviniemi, Finnish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:39
10:07:56 Arrival of Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:33
10:08:30 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:41
10:09:11 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, followed by Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs (10 shots) 00:00:51
10:10:03 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and soundbite (in GERMAN) saying that they made an important step with China, but they will need more efforts concerning human rights; after lunch they will discuss the task force put in place by Herman Van Rompuy with the Heads of State or Government, and she hopes they will have the report in October on what they have achieved, what they can achieve and what they must achieve. Soundbite by Guido Westerwelle, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, (in GERMAN) saying that he hopes the EU can adopt a position concerning the peace process in the Middle East; they want to recall each party to give up on violence and on any measure that can make the process difficult; and they are convinced that the moratorium on the freezing of colonies must be pursued; they want to see success in actions. (4 shots) 00:01:55
10:11:58 Arrival of Borut Pahor, Slovenian Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:24
10:12:22 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:19
10:12:42 Arrival of Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:19
10:13:01 Arrival of Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) on the Roma situation: saying that it is the year of overcoming poverty and social exclusion, that is the main problem for Europe, all over Europe; we have a lot of people who are in difficulty in our community, as a matter of fact, because of poverty; so we should answer all such problems. (4 shots) 00:01:06
10:14:08 Arrival of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:42
10:14:50 Arrival of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:25
10:15:15 Arrival of Steven Vanackere, acting Belgian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Institutional Reforms 00:00:11
10:15:26 Arrival of José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:19
10:15:46 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:17
10:16:04 Arrival of Iveta Radičová, Slovak Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:52
10:16:56 Arrival of Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister 00:00:12
10:17:08 Arrival of George A. Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) on the economic situation in Greece: we are on track, Greece is on track; we are taking the pain but we are making real progress, real change; Greece will come out stronger and Europe will come out stronger. (4 shots) 00:00:43
10:17:51 Arrival of Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:22
10:18:13 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, President of Romania (6 shots) 00:00:50
10:19:04 Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor (3 shots) 00:00:11
10:19:15 3. ROUNDTABLE 00:01:43
10:19:15 Title 00:00:05
10:19:20 Catherine Ashton and Dalia Grybauskaitė 00:00:06
10:19:27 Jean-Claude Juncker and Nicolas Sarkozy shaking hands with Herman Van Rompuy (2 shots) 00:00:15
10:19:42 Catherine Ashton and Dalia Grybauskaitė 00:00:03
10:19:45 Nicolas Sarkozy and Borut Pahor 00:00:08
10:19:54 Andrus Ansip, Jean-Claude Juncker and Yves Leterme 00:00:08
10:20:02 Nicolas Sarkozy, Borut Pahor, José Sócrates and Yves Leterme 00:00:10
10:20:13 Mari Kiviniemi, Lawrence Gonzi, George A. Papandreou and Andrus Ansip 00:00:06
10:20:19 Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy 00:00:11
10:20:30 José Manuel Barroso 00:00:05
10:20:36 Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy 00:00:05
10:20:41 Donald Tusk and Dalia Grybauskaitė 00:00:06
10:20:47 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:05
10:20:53 Yves Leterme and Herman Van Rompuy 00:00:05
10:20:58 4. GROUP PHOTO 00:01:47
10:20:58 Title 00:00:05
10:21:03 Group photo (21 shots) From left to right: 1st row: Brian Cowen, Irish Prime Minister, Donald Tusk, José Manuel Barroso, Nicolas Sarkozy, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Yves Leterme, Herman Van Rompuy, Demetris Christofias, Traian Băsescu, Jerzy Buzek, Viktor Orbán, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, George A. Papandreou, and Catherine Ashton; 2nd row: José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Petr Nečas, Borut Pahor, José Sócrates, Angela Merkel, Mari Kiviniemi, Werner Faymann, Boyko Borissov, Andrus Ansip, David Cameron, Lawrence Gonzi, Iveta Radičová, Jan Peter Balkenende, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Valdis Dombrovskis; 3rd row: Tonio Borg, Maltese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Aivis Ronis, Latvian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dimitris Droutsas, Greek Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheál Martin, Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Lene Espersen, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, János Martonyi, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt, Steven Vanackere, Radosław Sikorski, Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Markos Kyprianou, Cypriot Minister for Foreign Affairs, Audronius Ažubalis, Lithuanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Franco Frattini, Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Luxembourg, Mikulás Dzurinda, Slovak Minister for Foreign Affairs, and William Hague, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs; 4th row: Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs, Bernard Kouchner, Samuel Žbogar, Slovenian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Luís Amado, Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs, Guido Westerwelle, Alexander Stubb, Teodor Baconschi, Romanian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Michael Spindelegger, Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, Nikolay Mladenov, Bulgarian Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Urmas Paet, Estonian Minister for Foreign Affairs. 00:01:42
10:22:46 5. EXTRACTS FROM THE FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE 00:03:19
10:22:46 Title 00:00:05
10:22:51 General view of the press conference room 00:00:06
10:22:57 Soundbite by Herman Van Rompuy (in ENGLISH): the European Council is pleased that a consensus was found today amongst the Foreign Ministers on the free trade agreement with South Korea; it is good news for export industries and therefore for jobs and growth in Europe; on Pakistan: we want to give maximum support to this country after it was so severely struck by devastating floods, more aid and more trade; we want Pakistan to recover now and to develop economically; we will grant significantly increased market access. 00:00:37
10:23:35 Cutaway of the press room 00:00:04
10:23:39 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): the economic situation is today better than what we expected to be one year ago; but there is no room for complacency; we should keep our efforts and that means not only go on with fiscal consolidation and structural reforms, but that means also delivering on economic governance, on reform of financial markets and also in the way we handle these issues globally, from the G20 to the relations with our main strategic partners. 00:00:29
10:24:09 Cutaway of the press room 00:00:05
10:24:14 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): the choice is not a strong influence for the Member States and little influence for the European institutions, or little influence for the Member States and lots for the European Union; the choice is whether we are strong together or weak separately. 00:00:14
10:24:28 Cutaway of a note book 00:00:04
10:24:33 Soundbite by Herman Van Rompuy (in FRENCH) on the Roma people: saying that a Member State has both the right and the duty to apply its own legislation in accordance with the safeguard of the rule of law, as well as the Commission has both the right and the duty to apply the directives including the one on the freedom of movement and the one on non discrimination. 00:00:32
10:25:05 Cutaway TV camera 00:00:04
10:25:10 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in FRENCH) saying that the Commission is fulfilling its role as guardian of the treaties; any kind of discrimination against ethnic minorities in Europe is unacceptable; respect for human dignity is a sacred value for the European Union; it is true that in the heat of debates we have heard some exaggerated comments; the Vice-President of the Commission acknowledged so yesterday and others should think of acting accordingly; the Commission could complain about the use of a certain remarks but there are substantial dossiers to be discussed so let us not distract from the real issues and this is what we are going to do. 00:00:40
10:25:51 Cutaway podium 00:00:02
10:25:54 Copyright 00:00:12
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