European Council, Brussels, 23-24/06/2011

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EU Heads of State or Government met in Brussels on 23 and 24 June 2011 for a European Council devoted to economic matters, migration, the EU's Southern Neighbourhood and Croatia's accession to the EU. The European Council welcomed the near completion of the implementation of the comprehensive package of measures to put Europe back on the path towards sustainable and job-creating growth and strengthen economic governance. It welcomed in particular the agreement reached on the future European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the amended European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) as well as the substantial progress made on the legislative proposals on economic governance. It concluded the first European semester by collectively assessing Member States' programmes on the basis of the Commission's evaluation and by endorsing the country-specific recommendations to be taken into account in upcoming national decisions on budgets and structural reforms. In this context it noted the pledge of Member States taking part in the Euro Plus Pact to enhance the ambition and precision of their commitments in 2012's exercise. Regarding Greece, the euro area Heads of State or Government agreed on a way forward and called on their Finance Ministers to complete work to allow the necessary decisions to be taken by early July. During the second day of the summit, they nominated Mario Draghi as the future President of the European Central Bank. They also assessed implementation of migration policies and discussed developments in the southern Mediterranean, focusing on Libya, Syria and the Middle East peace process. The European Council also paved the way for Croatia's accession to the EU as the 28th Member State. The Council should conclude the accession negotiations before the end of June and the Accession Treaty could be signed before the end of 2011.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
00:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:20
00:00:20 1. ARRIVALS 00:16:07
00:00:20 Title 00:00:05
00:00:25 Arrival of Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) (7 shots) 00:00:28
00:00:53 Arrival of Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council (4 shots) 00:00:23
00:01:16 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (7 shots) 00:00:32
00:01:48 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourgish Prime Minister and President of the Eurogroup, and soundbite (in GERMAN) saying that Greece must meet its commitments under an EU/IMF bailout programme as there is no alternative plan for its financial difficulties. (5 shots) 00:00:53
00:02:42 Arrival of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister (2 shots) 00:00:11
00:02:53 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and soundbite (in GERMAN) saying that at this summit important decisions for the euro zone will be taken; that is why it is necessary to have a serious discussion; the EU Heads of State or Government will have to take important decisions for the European Permanent Stability Mechanism in order to stabilize the euro, also for the future and the next President of the ECB; they need to have relevant and important discussions; that is why an important vote has to take place in the Greek Parliament when the budgetary reform plan from the government will be presented. (7 shots) 00:01:21
00:04:15 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (5 shots) 00:00:25
00:04:41 Arrival of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that Europe will take its responsibility with cautiousness; they will propose help to Greece but with strict conditions; the Greek Government needs to accept austerity measure packages, of course without serious damages to its nation; but one thing is very clear: for decades the political elite has been behaving unresponsively and the Greek population now needs to know that, because the first who will pay for it are the Greek people and then European Member States and European citizens; so this is impossible and they cannot allow that kind of behaviour in the future. (6 shots) 00:01:20
00:06:01 Arrival of David Cameron, British Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:26
00:06:28 Arrival of Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus (5 shots) 00:00:27
00:06:55 Arrival of Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:26
00:07:22 Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that he is very confident that Greece will have a window of hope to get out of the present situation, to succeed well in the new program of financial assistance for the next years. (6 shots) 00:00:47
00:08:09 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that it is very important that any Greek politician takes responsibility; there is a lot needed to be done in Greece; the Greek people should not be told that there is an easy way out of this; there will be a discussion on the kind of measures needed in Greece; the EU should respect that the Greek need this discussion; but the other countries in Europe want to see a long term commitment which is broad based in the Greek Parliament. (5 shots) 00:00:54
00:09:03 Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (3 shots) 00:00:18
00:09:22 Arrival of Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, and soundbite (in DUTCH) saying that the IMF is ready to help, Europe is ready to help; now, it is up to the Greek Parliament to show its willingness and approve the budgetary reforms. (6 shots) 00:00:45
00:10:07 Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, and soundbite (in GERMAN) saying that the most important is that the Greek Prime Minister knows that there is no plan B, C or D; they will stick to plan A; they have prepared this financial plan; so they have to focus on this plan A. (6 shots) 00:00:52
00:11:00 Arrival of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Spanish Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:26
00:11:26 Arrival of Yves Leterme, acting Belgian Prime Minister, and soundbite (in FRENCH) saying that Europe has to take its responsibility as well as Greece; but the final decisions will be taken by the Eurogroup. (6 shots) 00:00:27
00:11:53 Arrival of Iveta Radičová, Slovak Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH) saying that concerning the case of Greece, without consolidation, without main reforms, without agreement of all the political spectrum, together with privatisation, there is no chance to take the next and most important step for future development. (4 shots) 00:00:48
00:12:42 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:20
00:13:03 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:26
00:13:30 Arrival of Silvio Berlusconi, Italian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:15
00:13:46 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, President of Romania 00:00:11
00:13:57 Arrival of Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:18
00:14:15 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:13
00:14:28 Soundbite by George A. Papandreou, Greek Prime Minister, (in ENGLISH) saying that you should always be prepared in democracies for the will of your deputies and the parliamentary procedures; but if there is a strong commitment from the European Union, there will also be a strong commitment from Greece at the same time. (4 shots) 00:00:30
00:14:59 Arrival of Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:17
00:15:16 Arrival of Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament (4 shots) 00:00:24
00:15:41 Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Prime Minister 00:00:12
00:15:53 Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister 00:00:09
00:16:03 Arrival of Borut Pahor, Slovenian Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:24
00:16:27 2. ROUND TABLE 00:02:26
00:16:27 Title 00:00:05
00:16:32 Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy 00:00:16
00:16:48 Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, Enda Kenny and Yves Leterme (3 shots) 00:00:27
00:17:15 Herman van Rompuy 00:00:11
00:17:27 Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy 00:00:09
00:17:37 Herman van Rompuy and Silvio Berlusconi 00:00:06
00:17:43 View of the round table including Catherine Ashton and Werner Faymann 00:00:05
00:17:49 Jean-Claude Juncker and Silvio Berlusconi (2 shots) 00:00:08
00:17:57 Viktor Orbán 00:00:03
00:18:01 José Manuel Barroso, Pedro Passos Coelho and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero 00:00:04
00:18:06 Donald Tusk 00:00:05
00:18:11 Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy 00:00:05
00:18:17 View of the round table including Fredrik Reinfeldt 00:00:04
00:18:21 George A. Papandreou talking to José Manuel Barroso and José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, among others 00:00:10
00:18:31 David Cameron, Enda Kenny and Fredrik Reinfeldt 00:00:05
00:18:36 Catherine Ashton and Viktor Orbán 00:00:03
00:18:40 Herman van Rompuy 00:00:02
00:18:42 General views of the round table (2 shots) 00:00:11
00:18:53 3. GROUP PHOTO 00:01:42
00:18:53 Title 00:00:05
00:18:58 Group photo (10 shots) from left to right, in the 1st row: Valdis Dombrovskis, George A. Papandreou, José Manuel Barroso, Nicolas Sarkozy, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Viktor Orbán, Herman van Rompuy, Demetris Christofias, Traian Băsescu, Jerzy Buzek, Donald Tusk, Enda Kenny, Silvio Berlusconi, and Catherine Ashton; in the 2nd row: Yves Leterme, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Petr Nečas, Borut Pahor, Pedro Passos Coelho, Angela Merkel, Jyrki Katainen, Werner Faymann, Boyko Borissov, Andrus Ansip, David Cameron, Lawrence Gonzi, Iveta Radičová, Mark Rutte, and Jean-Claude Juncker. 00:01:37
00:20:35 4. EXTRACTS FROM THE INTERMEDIARY PRESS CONFERENCE 00:02:37
00:20:35 Title 00:00:05
00:20:40 General view of the press conference room: arrival of José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy (2 shots) 00:00:13
00:20:53 Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that the euro area Heads of State or Government agree that required additional funding will be financed through both official and private sources; they endorsed the approach decided by the Eurogroup on 28 June 2011 as regards the pursuit of voluntary private sector involvement in the form of informal and voluntary rollovers of existing debt while avoiding a selective default. 00:00:28
00:21:22 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:04
00:21:26 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that he wants to use every valuable possibility to stimulate jobs and growth in Greece; fiscal consolidation is indispensible, structural reforms are indispensible, the privatisation programme as well; but it is a contribution for growth; saying that he has presented this initiative after a consultation with Prime Minister Papandreou to look at how the existing European funds, structural funds, can be used in Greece so that they maximize their immediate impact on growth and jobs. 00:00:33
00:21:59 Cutaway of press 00:00:04
00:22:03 Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in FRENCH) saying that Greece has to go through austerity measures; without budgetary consolidation there is no prospect; you have to be able to demonstrate to the population that there are budgetary results, and once you have achieved that, there will be results in terms of growth and employment as well. 00:00:24
00:22:28 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:03
00:22:32 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that there is a real will of the Member States of the euro area and of the European Union in general to do what is necessary to preserve the financial stability in the euro area and to work together with the Greek and to work for reinforced governance in the EU; this European Council was an important step in that direction. 00:00:24
00:22:56 Cutaway of the press 00:00:04
00:23:01 José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy leaving 00:00:12
00:23:13 5. EXTRACTS FROM THE FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE 00:02:39
00:23:13 Title 00:00:05
00:23:18 Arrival of Herman van Rompuy, José Manuel Barroso and Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister, to the press conference room (2 shots) 00:00:15
00:23:33 Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that by its actions the Syrian regime is calling its own legitimacy in question; the EU adopted new sanctions against the regime; regarding Libya the EU will keep up the military pressure as long as Gaddafi stays; they are also preparing with international partners the post Gaddafi democratic transition; regarding Yemen they reiterate the urgency of an orderly and inclusive transition. 00:00:34
00:24:08 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that on Greece they have once again shown that they find an agreement when an agreement is needed; they have shown that the new way of dealing with the European economy is working; they discussed the challenges Member States and the EU as a whole face with an openness and frankness he had not seen before. 00:00:25
00:24:33 General view of the press room 00:00:04
00:24:37 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission will come forward with its concrete proposals shortly; these measures will not affect the rights of persons entitled to the freedom of movement; on asylum, the Commission's proposals are already on the table and he is particularly pleased that this European Council has created a momentum that is needed namely to complete the common European asylum system by 2012. 00:00:33
00:25:11 Soundbite by Viktor Orbán (in HUNGARIAN) saying that for the first time in the EU, the EU Heads of State or Government managed to create a Roma strategy that gives opportunity to this community to become a recognised useful part of the EU and its citizens; they have endorsed the Danube Strategy, which served a region which was characterised by conflicts all throughout its history; now through a macro regional cooperation they will consolidate its future for a long time. 00:00:36
00:25:47 General view of the speakers 00:00:04
00:25:52 6. CROATIAN ACCESSION 00:04:28
00:25:52 Title 00:00:05
00:25:57 Arrival of Jadranka Kosor, Croatian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:27
00:26:25 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Jadranka Kosor (3 shots) 00:00:23
00:26:49 Jadranka Kosor welcomed by José Manuel Barroso, Victor Orbán and Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy 00:00:16
00:27:05 Group photo: Viktor Orbán, Jadranka Kosor, Herman van Rompuy, and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:17
00:27:23 Round table (4 shots) 00:00:15
00:27:38 General view of the press conference room: arrivals (2 shots) 00:00:14
00:27:52 Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) addressing Jadranka Kosor, Croatian Prime Minister: saying that he has the honour to convey to her the good news, on behalf of the 27 EU Heads of State or Government, that Croatia will become the 28th Member State of the European Union; congratulating her on this achievement allowing Croatia to fully join the European family; saying that it would not have been possible without the hard work of the Croatian Government and the Croatian people. 00:00:38
00:28:31 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the Heads of State or Government have recognised the quality of this work over a number of years and the progress made by Croatia; the European Council has called for the closure of accession negotiations by the end of June 2011 with a view to the signing of the accession treaty before the end of the year; the Commission thinks that this should allow for Croatia to join the European Union on 1 July 2013. 00:00:29
00:29:00 Cutaway 00:00:04
00:29:05 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that he is looking forward to welcoming Croatia as the 28th Member State; he is also looking forward to welcoming a Commissioner from Croatia during the mandate of this College. 00:00:13
00:29:19 Cutaway 00:00:02
00:29:22 Soundbite by Jadranka Kosor (in CROATIAN) saying that it is a great honour and a great pleasure for her to be able to state that Croatia has reached the end of this long journey; the country is in the process of completing its negotiations and this really is a historic moment for Croatia, for all the citizens of Croatia, and all this is happening on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the independence. 00:00:37
00:29:59 General view of speakers leaving the press conference room 00:00:11
00:30:11 Copyright 00:00:10
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