European Council, Brussels, 04/02/2011

Type: Best-of   Référence: I068841   Durée: 38:04  Lieu: Brussels - Council/Justus Lipsius
The Heads of State or Government of the 27 European Union Member States gathered in Brussels on 04/02/2011 for the first time in 2011.The main topics on the agenda for this special European Council were energy and innovation - two sectors which are key to Europe's future growth and prosperity.But the surge of anti-government demonstrations across the Arab world, mostly in Egypt, dominated the meeting. In the final press conference, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, condemned the violence and the intimidations, and called on the Egyptian authorities to meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people with reforms, not repression. He asked for an orderly and expeditious transition and said that the EU is determined to give full support to a democratic transition with free and fair elections, respect for Human Rights and pluralism.

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00:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:20
00:00:20 1. ARRIVALS 00:31:51
00:00:20 Title 00:00:00
00:00:25 Arrival of Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council (6 shots) 00:00:27
00:00:52 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): I am very confident about this European Council; I think it will take very important decisions, namely on growth; energy and innovation are very important elements for growth in Europe; I also expect a good discussion on economic comprehensive plan we have prepared for the euro area and for the European Union as a whole; as you know, the European Commission has recently presented its annual growth survey; we have now new mechanisms of governance; some ideas presented by some Member States fit very well with this overall approach for reinforcing our governance in the euro area and generally speaking in the European Union; so I am very confident about this summit; it will show our determination, of all of us in the EU, to tackle the economic issues and to take very important decisions namely on energy and innovation. (7 shots) 00:01:11
00:02:03 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:27
00:02:30 Arrival of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:28
00:02:58 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourgish Prime Minister and President of the Eurogroup (5 shots) 00:00:27
00:03:25 Arrival of Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, and soundbite (in DUTCH) on Egypt: saying that the European Union will try to speak with one voice; the European Union can contribute in providing first aid to Egypt; on the coordination of economic policies and the regulation of the pension age in the EU.(10 shots) 00:02:30
00:05:55 Arrival of Yves Leterme, acting Belgian Prime Minister, and soundbite (in DUTCH) on Egypt and on the coordination of economic policies, including pension age in the EU. (5 shots) 00:01:39
00:07:35 Arrival of Mari Kiviniemi, Finnish Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:24
00:07:59 Arrival of Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus (4 shots) 00:00:27
00:08:26 Arrival of Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:17
00:08:43 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 Egypt: we will be discussing, I think, at the European Council, the latest developments in Egypt; you will have seen that I spoke last night to Vice-President Suleiman who described the three committees that he is now setting up: economic, constitutional and public order; he told me that he will be, because we have urged him of course it is part of this, discussing with opposition leaders, both yesterday, today and indeed tomorrow; what seems to be happening is that he is moving toward some kind of national dialogue; so, as you will expect, we have been urging the continuation of support for people on the street, to keep people safe, to make sure that the violence does not break out again and that the army plays its proper role, and urge him to continue in his move towards what we call transition; it is about change, it is about moving, it is about responding; he and I agreed that we will stay in close touch on this;we've been very clear in everything that we've said that it's up to the Egyptian people and the Egyptian Government to move forward together; it is absolutely essential that we see the movement that is necessary to make people feel confident that there is a plan in place; it's for them to work out the constitutional issues with the opposition leaders and discuss with people in the street; and this is what is going to happen;it is for the Egyptian people and the Egyptian government to work out the transition; this transition must be for them to do and for us to support them in doing; it is really important now that we see calm, we see this dialogue, we see things move forward, and a timetable that gives confidence to people that things are going to change. (9 shots) 00:02:53
00:11:36 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and soundbite (in GERMAN) on the coordination of economic policies; on Egypt: saying that the EU expects the Egyptian authorities to ensure people have the possibility to demonstrate freely and peacefully today. (7 shots) 00:02:41
00:14:17 Arrival of Andrius Kubilius, Lithuanian Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:35
00:14:52 Arrival of Borut Pahor, Slovenian Prime Minister (7 shots) 00:00:36
00:15:28 Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, and soundbite (in GERMAN) on the coordination of economic policies and on Egypt (5 shots) 00:02:14
00:17:42 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:35
00:18:16 Arrival of Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:31
00:18:47 Arrival of Iveta Radičová, Slovak Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:35
00:19:22 Arrival of Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Danish Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:34
00:19:55 Arrival of George A. Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): Greece as well as a number of other countries has shown both the will and the capacity to make major reforms and make our economy viable; now the challenges for Europe are to deal with some other systemic problems of the Eurozone; and I am very glad that there is a realisation and, I believe, more optimism about our will and our capability to do so; Europe has great potential to solve these problems; decisions today and in March will be very crucial for creating the calm necessary for growth, developments and jobs. (9 shots) 00:01:14
00:21:10 Arrival of Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament (5 shots) 00:00:31
00:21:41 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (4 shots) 00:00:54
00:22:35 Arrival of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:34
00:23:09 Arrival of Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:29
00:23:38 Arrival of David Cameron, British Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) on Egypt: we have been clear that Egypt should be taking steps to show there is a clear credible transparent path towards transition and frankly the steps taken so far haven't met the aspiration of the Egyptians people; today Europe's leaders have got to show they stand ready to help and support that orderly transition and actually come together and do that; but I think above all the message is this, that if we see on the streets of Cairo today State sponsored violence or the hiring of thugs to beat up protesters then Egypt and its regime will lose any remaining credibility or support it has in the eyes of the watching world, including Britain. (3 shots) 00:01:19
00:24:57 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:27
00:25:23 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, President of Romania (3 shots) 00:00:23
00:25:46 Arrival of José Sócrates, Portuguese Prime Minister, and soundbite (in PORTUGUESE) on the coordination of economic policies (9 shots) 00:02:07
00:27:54 Arrival of Brian Cowen, Irish Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:22
00:28:16 Arrival of Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ITALIAN) on Egypt saying that he is in contact with all his allies in the Middle East; the revolt is due in part to the rising of the prices of basic products; giving his support to a democratic transition leaded by Mubarak. (3 shots) 00:02:24
00:30:40 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) on Egypt: it is very important to say that (they should) refrain from using violence and respect journalists that are in place, that are actually the eyes and the ears of the world, telling us what is happening; we want them to directly start a process to initiate democratic elections; it is not an easy thing to deliver democratic elections; it needs to be prepared and it needs probably to change their laws; we want to be supportive of that and we want to send a signal that we want it to start immediately. (3 shots) 00:00:52
00:31:33 Arrival of Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) (3 shots) 00:00:38
00:32:11 Title 00:00:05
00:32:11 2. ROUND TABLE 00:01:55
00:32:16 José Manuel Barroso, Yves Leterme and Lars Løkke Rasmussen 00:00:07
00:32:23 Herman van Rompuy and David Cameron 00:00:05
00:32:28 Mark Rutte, Jerzy Buzek, Donald Tusk and Iveta Radičová 00:00:06
00:32:34 David Cameron, Yves Leterme, Catherine Ashton and George A. Papandreou 00:00:04
00:32:39 Viktor Orbán, Yves Leterme, Lawrence Gonzi and Jerzy Buzek 00:00:11
00:32:50 Werner Faymann, Mark Rutte and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:09
00:32:59 Demetris Christofias arriving and shaking hands with Viktor Orbán 00:00:07
00:33:06 Catherine Ashton, George A. Papandreou and Brian Cowen 00:00:06
00:33:13 Catherine Ashton and George A. Papandreou 00:00:06
00:33:18 Nicolas Sarkozy, Angela Merkel and Herman van Rompuy 00:00:09
00:33:27 Angela Merkel, George A. Papandreou, Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron 00:00:05
00:33:31 General view 00:00:05
00:33:37 Angela Merkel, Catherine Ashton and Viktor Orbán 00:00:07
00:33:44 José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Nicolas Sarkozy 00:00:13
00:33:57 General view of the round table 00:00:09
00:34:06 Title 00:00:05
00:34:06 3. GROUP PHOTO 00:01:18
00:34:11 Group photo of European leaders (6 shots)from left to right,in the 1st row: Valdis Dombrovskis, George A. Papandreou, Brian Cowen, Donald Tusk, Jerzy Buzek, Traian Băsescu, Viktor Orbán, Herman van Rompuy, Demetris Christofias, Nicolas Sarkozy, José Manuel Barroso, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Andrius Kubilius, Silvio Berlusconi, and Catherine Ashton;in the 2nd row: Yves Leterme, 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, Iveta Radičová, Mark Rutte, and Jean-Claude Juncker. 00:01:13
00:35:24 Title 00:00:05
00:35:29 General view of the press conference room: arrival of Herman van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:07
00:35:36 Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH): we condemn the violence and the intimidations; we call on the Egyptian authorities to meet the aspirations of the Egyptian people with reform, not repression; an orderly and expeditious transition should begin right now; we are determined to give the EU's full support to a democratic transition with free and fair elections, respect for Human Rights and pluralism. 00:00:28
00:36:04 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I am extremely pleased that the European Council has concluded that we will take our work forward, that we are going to complete of course the initiatives that were already taken in terms of governance, namely the approval of the Commission's proposal on the basis of the agreements reached in the task force shared by the President of the European Council and that we are even ready to go further namely in the euro area; the euro area confirmed its commitment to implement this comprehensive package; I believe the deepening and reinforcing of economic policies in the euro area will also strengthen our response to the crisis; the Commission will play its role to the full as defined by the Treaty. 00:00:47
00:36:51 General view of the press room 00:00:05
00:36:57 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I am very pleased that the European Council has agreed on the four commitments that we have put forward on energy policy; we need a truly integrated EU energy market by 2014; this can deliver 5 million new jobs, boost growth and reduce our energy dependence, which currently costs us 310 billion euro a year; Europe also has to do more on energy efficiency; that is the quickest way to reduce our bills, to achieve our 2020 targets on climate and energy and cut consumers' bills by 1000 euro per household; energy efficiency is also a way of ensuring a higher level of energy security and this matter was very much in discussion today with the Member States also committed to more coordination in this field. 00:00:49
00:37:46 General view with José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy 00:00:06
00:37:52 Copyright 00:00:12
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