European Council of Brussels, 16-17/12/2010

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End production: 17/12/2010
On 16-17/12/2010, European Leaders gathered in Brussels for the last European Council of the year. EU Heads of State or Government reached an agreement to create a permanent mechanism to safeguard the financial stability of the euro area that would take effect from mid-2013. They also approved the limited change to the Lisbon Treaty that was required to create such a mechanism.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:20
10:00:20 1. GENERAL ATMOSPHERE 00:01:33
10:00:20 Title 00:00:05
10:00:25 General atmosphere outside the Council building (2 shots) 00:00:09
10:00:34 General atmosphere inside the press room of the Council building (5 shots) 00:00:26
10:01:00 Eurovision (8 shots) 00:00:52
10:01:53 2. ARRIVALS 00:25:49
10:01:53 Title 00:00:05
10:01:58 Arrival of Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council (5 shots) 00:00:37
10:02:35 Arrival of Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, and soundbite (in DUTCH) saying that the euro must be strong and that the EU is going to show it is united; this is important for the European economy; the European leaders are going to take measures to show that they mean it. (7 shots) 00:01:13
10:03:49 Arrival of Yves Leterme, acting Belgian Prime Minister and President in office of the Council, and soundbite (in DUTCH) saying that there is already a proposal on the table on the permanent mechanism that was discussed by the Ecofin Council and the changes to the Lisbon treaty, both of which are important; today European leaders are deciding to show solidarity and to show that they are ready to defend the European citizen's money from speculation which really matters to citizens; on whether it is enough: saying that it is important and should be enough but they have already said that they are ready to study other possibilities and Belgium would be ready to do so; on whether we need more money: saying that first things first, now we need the mechanism to be ready for 2013 and we need also to make the changes to the Treaty but if necessary Belgium would be ready to put more money. SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) saying that what matters for the European citizens is that today the European leaders agree on the definitive mechanism to defend the euro, which will be applied from 2013 and that they find a solution via a modification of the article 136 to the issue of constitutional validity raised by the German Constitutional Court. (7 shots) 00:01:43
10:05:33 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the Eurogroup (4 shots) 00:00:25
10:05:58 Arrival of Mari Kiviniemi, Finnish Prime Minister (9 shots) 00:00:55
10:06:54 Arrival of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): I think nobody is imposing on anybody; we want to stabilise our European financial situation and to be able to help each other in the future; that's what this is all about, it's not about Germany imposing something. (7 shots) 00:01:07
10:08:01 Arrival of Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:38
10:08:40 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor (5 shots) 00:00:48
10:09:28 Arrival of David Cameron, British Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): the first thing is we come with some good news which is the European Parliament's request for a 6% budget increase has been now decisively rejected and what the Council asks for (2.9%) will go ahead; that's going to save Britain a lot of money compared with what could have happened or what happened in previous years; but I think what the next two days are about: first of all, we do need a new mechanism to help the eurozone sort out its problems and its issues; that is important for Britain; but we do need to make sure that Britain is not liable to spend money under that mechanism, we need to secure that for the future; those are the two key things that matter to me. (8 shots) 00:01:27
10:10:56 Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor (4 shots) 00:00:11
10:11:07 Cutaways of press (3 shots) 00:00:19
10:11:27 Arrival of Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus (4 shots) 00:00:34
10:12:01 Arrival of Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister (7 shots) 00:01:10
10:13:12 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): we have one (mechanism) that will run out in 2013 and of course we want to have it on a more permanent basis; it's good to have it if the kind of problems we have seen this autumn come back; but this is not the answer that we need for the future; that's labour market reforms, that's resources to research and development, that's how we create the competitiveness that we need to create jobs in Europe. (5 shots) 00:00:45
10:13:58 Arrival of Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:24
10:14:22 Lawrence Gonzi walking to the elevator, followed by Fredrik Reinfeldt (interior shot) 00:00:24
10:14:47 Arrival of José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister, and soundbite (in PORTUGUESE) on the Portuguese financial situation and the issue of euro bonds. (6 shots) 00:01:33
10:16:20 Arrival of Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:20
10:16:40 Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (4 shots) 00:00:17
10:16:58 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:46
10:17:45 Arrival of Brian Cowen, Irish Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): what we are seeing this evening is that we will adopt a modest treaty change for the establishment of a permanent crisis mechanism and we will study in more detail what we will do after that and how the mechanism will proceed; and from our point of view in Ireland, there is no withdrawal from the facility; we are very much taking those decisions in the interest of Ireland and in the interest of the euro; we are determined to affect an actual recovery and to enjoy economic growth and prosperity. (7 shots) 00:01:22
10:19:08 Arrival of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:59
10:20:08 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, President of Romania (6 shots) 00:00:40
10:20:48 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): I expect this European Council to take very important decisions, namely the decision to establish a permanent mechanism for the euro area stability and of course a limited revision of the treaty to enable that revision; and I think this is the best signal that we can take to show the absolute determination of the European leaders to do whatever is necessary to protect the euro, to protect financial stability and also to protect the European Union as a project. (4 shots) 00:00:44
10:21:33 Arrival of George A. Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): Greece and the Greek people have been responsibly living up to a programme of change, stability and growth; but the challenge today is not what we as Member States or nations are doing to shore up our individual economy, the challenge is a collective one now; more integration, strong decisions and we all have to live up to our responsibilities; this is the challenge of every leader. (6 shots) 00:01:05
10:22:38 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (4 shots) 00:00:29
10:23:08 Arrival of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:28
10:23:36 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:33
10:24:10 Arrival of Borut Pahor, Slovenian Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:23
10:24:33 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:13
10:24:46 Arrival of Jerzy Buzek, President of the EP (2 shots) 00:00:12
10:24:59 Cutaway of press 00:00:04
10:25:04 Soundbite by Jerzy Buzek (in ENGLISH): stability of the euro is the most important issue today for the 27 Member States and for our citizens because they wouldn't like to see the value of their money shrink; the permanent mechanism can be an answer. 00:00:31
10:25:36 Jerzy Buzek walking to the elevator (interior shot) 00:00:17
10:25:53 Arrival of Iveta Radičová, Slovak Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:52
10:26:45 Arrival of Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank (4 shots) 00:00:30
10:27:15 Arrival of Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:27
10:27:42 3. ROUND TABLE 00:02:49
10:27:42 Title 00:00:05
10:27:47 Catherine Ashton and Viktor Orbán 00:00:10
10:27:58 Silvio Berlusconi and Yves Leterme 00:00:05
10:28:03 Dalia Grybauskaitė and Iveta Radičová - joined by Jerzy Buzek (2 shots) 00:00:20
10:28:24 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Donald Tusk - joined by Mark Rutte 00:00:08
10:28:32 Angela Merkel with George A. Papandreou and Dalia Grybauskaitė 00:00:03
10:28:36 Cutaway of cameramen and photographers 00:00:03
10:28:39 General views of the European leaders (2 shots) 00:00:15
10:28:55 José Manuel Barroso shaking hands with Herman Van Rompuy and Fredrik Reinfeldt 00:00:10
10:29:05 David Cameron 00:00:04
10:29:10 Fredrik Reinfeldt and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:04
10:29:14 General view 00:00:06
10:29:20 Nicolas Sarkozy shaking hands with Herman Van Rompuy, then joining José Manuel Barroso and Fredrik Reinfeldt (2 shots) 00:00:19
10:29:39 Jean-Claude Juncker and Silvio Berlusconi 00:00:05
10:29:45 Angela Merkel and George A. Papandreou 00:00:04
10:29:49 General views (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:30:04 Nicolas Sarkozy and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:30:19 José Manuel Barroso and David Cameron 00:00:04
10:30:23 Angela Merkel and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 00:00:03
10:30:27 General view 00:00:04
10:30:31 4. GROUP PHOTO 00:01:28
10:30:31 Title 00:00:05
10:30:36 Group photo (11 shots) from left to right, in the 1st row: Silvio Berlusconi, Brian Cowen, 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; in the 2nd row: José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Petr Nečas, Borut Pahor, José Sócrates, Angela Merkel, Mari Kiviniemi, Werner Faymann, Boyko Borissov, Andrus Ansip, David Cameron, Lawrence Gonzi, Mark Rutte, Jean-Claude Juncker, and Valdis Dombrovskis. 00:01:23
10:32:00 5. EXTRACTS FROM THE INTERMEDIARY PRESS CONFERENCE 00:03:11
10:32:00 Title 00:00:05
10:32:05 General views of the press conference room (2 shots) 00:00:13
10:32:19 Soundbite by Herman Van Rompuy (in ENGLISH): our determination is clear; the Heads of State or Government of the eurozone stand ready to do whatever is required to ensure the stability of the eurozone as a whole; we took decisions collectively, our decisions are taken by the EU Member States and by the institutions; the political will of all Member States and institutions to do what needs to be done is thus beyond doubt. 00:00:30
10:32:49 Cutaway of press 00:00:04
10:32:54 Soundbite by Herman Van Rompuy (in FRENCH) saying that the current fund has been very little used so far - only about 4% of the funding available; so there is no real need now to talk about increasing the capacity of this fund. 00:00:19
10:33:14 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): this evening, we have adopted a very important measure, a permanent mechanism for the stability of the euro and the euro area; this was already a subject of discussion by the Finance Ministers, but this evening not only have we agreed on that but we have agreed on the revision of the Treaty to allow it; this is a major economic decision. (2 shots) 00:00:36
10:33:50 Cutaway of photographer 00:00:05
10:33:55 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): is that enough?; the important answer given today by the leaders of the European Union was we are ready to do everything necessary to ensure financial stability in the euro area and indeed in the European Union because in fact the two issues are linked; it was a very important decision. 00:00:22
10:34:18 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:34:24 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) on Portugal: we support those measures that were announced; I will not comment on the markets, I can only say what our position is; we believe that there are very important measures taken by the Portuguese authorities in terms of a very ambitious target for next year's budget. 00:00:26
10:34:51 Cutaways (4 shots) 00:00:20
10:35:11 6. EXTRACTS FROM THE FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE 00:04:03
10:35:11 Title 00:00:05
10:35:16 General views of the press conference room (2 shots) 00:00:09
10:35:26 Soundbite by Herman Van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) on EU strategic partnerships: these meetings all show that for our partners the Union is not only an economic union and a trade block, but also an important geopolitical partner; as I said in September, it is the beginning of a process, but we are clearly moving in the right direction; as a further follow-up to our discussions from September, Lady Ashton presented progress reports on how to deal with strategic partners and they allowed us to have a good exchange of views. 00:00:28
10:35:54 Cutaway of press 00:00:04
10:35:59 Soundbite by Herman Van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) on Montenegro: we also decided to give Montenegro the status of accession country; it underlines the conviction within the European Council that the countries of the Western Balkans have a European vocation. 00:00:12
10:36:11 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:36:16 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): we end 2010 with a European Council that has delivered the right results; this morning we have confirmed the important agreements reached yesterday during the open discussions about the current economic situation; we have taken in the euro area several important concrete commitments: - the support to Greece and Ireland: we recognise they are delivering the necessary reforms, they are making important progress; - the need for all Member States to tighten their budgets to respect all the measures that have been announced; - also the need to go on with our growth enhancing reforms; this is the best way to boost growth; - we are also amending the rulebook to bring debt and imbalances back under control; - the need also to give the adequate financial support for the instruments we have for the euro and our commitment to do so; - and also the need to clean up the banking sector and to introduce stricter rules, and better oversight and transparency. (2 shots) 00:01:12
10:37:29 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:37:33 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): all of this is what we mean when we say we will do whatever is required to support the euro area financial stability and that was a solemn declaration, but not just a solemn declaration, but also a declaration with a concrete commitment; those commitments come on top of the agreement reached yesterday on a permanent mechanism and also the limited treaty change that enables the introduction of that permanent mechanism for financial stability. 00:00:34
10:38:07 Soundbite by Yves Leterme (in ENGLISH): these last six months were very challenging for the European Union, and more specifically for its currency; we have come a long way together, taking necessary measures in a spirit of solidarity; for instance, we regulated our financial sector; we started the implementation of the EU 2020 strategy guaranteeing higher economic growth in the future; we laid the bricks for economic governance; the work of the Task Force Van Rompuy and the six legislative proposals of the Commission are a very important step forward; but it will not be the end; a Monetary Union is a joint responsibility and requires an Economic Union; nobody can avoid that destiny; it is one of the conclusions of the debate we had yesterday evening. 00:00:50
10:38:57 Departure 00:00:04
10:39:02 Copyright 00:00:12
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