Informal Council, 30/01/2012, Brussels

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On 30 January 2012, an informal European Council took place in Brussels. On this occasion, EU Heads of State and Government agreed on a plan to combat rising unemployment and revive the economy. Furthermore, 25 Member States decided to sign the so-called fiscal compact aiming at ensuring better surveillance and countries' responsibility.

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00:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:15
00:00:15 1.ARRIVALS 00:14:58
00:00:15 Title 00:00:05
00:00:20 Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister, at the Council building, in Brussels 00:00:18
00:00:38 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Enda Kenny: I'm glad to attend this informal meeting here today. I do hope that the fiscal compact can be signed off on today, we can move on from here. I am happy though that I have been raising the issue of small and medium enterprises and the internal market and youth employment for quite some time. I am glad that the Council recognise this, and that Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council and President of the Eurozone Summits, has commissioned a number of papers and reports. I would like to see that this would be kept central to the European Council agenda from here on. After all that's what European politics should be about; work and employment and the growth opportunity for the development for individual economies. 00:00:40
00:01:18 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Enda Kenny: Nothing to fear from a referendum at all, I have made this perfectly clear, that when the text is finalised, I will ask the attorney general formally to present the government with the attorney general's response as to whether the agreed text finalised by the politicians is in compliance with the Constitution, if it is in compliance with, there is no need for a referendum. If it is not, there will be a referendum. 00:00:25
00:01:43 Arrival of Iveta Radičová, Slovak Prime Minister 00:00:15
00:01:58 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, President of Romania 00:00:21
00:02:19 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister 00:00:18
00:02:37 Arrival of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister 00:00:24
00:03:01 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister 00:00:10
00:03:11 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Fredrik Reinfeldt: I understand the frustration, because many meetings now, the feeling has been that, Greece who needs support from outside, to be able to survive and to keep up the public finances do not deliver on the reforms they have promised others. Of course, that creates tensions and requests for being in place, monitoring that they really do what they promised. 00:00:41
00:03:52 Arrival of Borut Pahor, Slovenian Prime Minister 00:00:23
00:04:15 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourgish Prime Minister 00:00:12
00:04:28 Soundbite (in FRENCH) by Jean-Claude Juncker saying that he does not agree with the strikers, but he does not agree either with those who do not see the real problem, that is, social equity. Workers feel like they are the only ones paying, and thus, message understood. 00:00:26
00:04:53 Soundbite (in FRENCH) by Jean-Claude Juncker saying that they are at the edges of at least a technical recession, the economic growth prospects are not good, and attention should already be focused on what he would call the organisation for growth in Europe. 00:00:15
00:05:09 Arrival of Elio Di Rupo, Belgian Prime Minister 00:00:20
00:05:29 Soundbite (in FRENCH) by Elio Di Rupo saying that: It requires the combination of the two, both of budgetary discipline and also giving hope with a programme of economic recovery. The strike is the reality, what is important is to preserve the social dialogue between employers and Unions and the government supports this social dialogue. 00:00:42
00:06:10 Arrival of Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister 00:00:13
00:06:24 Arrival of Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister 00:00:19
00:06:43 Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Prime Minister 00:00:06
00:06:49 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Jyrki Katainen: I am very optimistic because negotiations are very far at the moment. I am sure we are going to agree on the compact today. We'll concentrate on the economic growth, how to make for instance single market more open and functioning, and digital commodities one of the topics, which I am going to talk about. 00:00:30
00:07:19 Arrival of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania 00:00:11
00:07:30 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor 00:00:07
00:07:38 Soundbite (in GERMAN) by Angela Merkel saying that she thinks they need to have a discussion. This is how Europe can support Greece according to what should be retained, what should be the exception. States must talk to each other. She does not want a discussion that is controversial but a constructive one. However, tonight they will not discuss in detail the case of Greece as the troika is still in progress right now and has not yet received concrete results. 00:00:54
00:08:32 Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister 00:00:16
00:08:48 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Helle Thorning-Schmidt: I expect to discuss two things, first of all, we have to discuss the fiscal compact; it is very important that we have a new discipline in our economies throughout Europe. The second topic we need to discuss is growth and jobs in Europe; these two are interlinked and it is important that we discuss them at the same meeting. 00:00:26
00:09:14 Arrival of Lucas Papademos, Greek Prime Minister 00:00:26
00:09:40 Arrival of Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister 00:00:19
00:09:59 Arrival of David Cameron, British Prime Minister 00:00:06
00:10:05 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by David Cameron: This is a European Council where we need to get really serious about the growth agenda in Europe. That means completing the single market, signing trade deals with the fastest growing parts of the world, and it means a serious effort at deregulation, particularly of small businesses, so that they can create the jobs and the growth that we need. That is the agenda that I have been pushing, and I hope to find a lot of support. 00:00:32
00:10:37 Arrival of Pedro Passo Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister 00:00:15
00:10:53 Arrival of Martin Schulz, President of the EP 00:00:09
00:11:02 Soundbite (in GERMAN) by Martin Schultz saying that it has already been made clear that Greece should go with the idea that it will live like this for some time, and that those who have money in the country have a duty of supervision. This is already happening now, but he thinks they should avoid the notion of Commissioner for savings or supra national in Greece. 00:00:33
00:11:35 Arrival of Boïko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister 00:00:23
00:11:58 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic 00:00:21
00:12:19 Arrival of and soundbite (in GERMAN) by Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, saying that he thinks it is normal to conduct strict controls. Good accounts make good friends. The idea of an extra commissioner per country does not seem a good idea. So he would rather prefer that the European Commission would continue to monitor such severe national programs. 00:00:33
00:12:52 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister 00:00:18
00:13:09 Arrival of Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) 00:00:16
00:13:26 Arrival of Zoran Milanović, Croatian Prime Minister 00:00:20
00:13:46 Arrival of Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister 00:00:17
00:14:03 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister 00:00:23
00:14:26 Arrival of Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister 00:00:09
00:14:35 Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus 00:00:19
00:14:54 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC 00:00:18
00:15:13 2.ROUNDTABLE 00:03:26
00:15:13 Title 00:00:05
00:15:18 Herman van Rompuy shaking hands with Martin Schulz 00:00:06
00:15:24 Cutaway of the press 00:00:05
00:15:29 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso at the roundtable 00:00:07
00:15:36 Herman van Rompuy shaking hands with José Manuel Barroso 00:00:06
00:15:41 José Manuel Barroso and Martin Schulz 00:00:07
00:15:48 Herman van Rompuy shaking hands with Viktor Orbán 00:00:09
00:15:57 José Manuel Barroso 00:00:06
00:16:03 Herman van Rompuy shaking hands with Helle Thorning-Schmidt 00:00:09
00:16:13 Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Dalia Grybauskaité 00:00:06
00:16:18 Herman van Rompuy shaking hands with Enda Kenny 00:00:07
00:16:25 Herman van Rompuy shaking hands with David Cameron 00:00:07
00:16:32 General view of the participants 00:00:06
00:16:38 Jean-Claude Juncker 00:00:07
00:16:45 José Manuel Barroso and Pedro Passos Coelho 00:00:05
00:16:50 David Cameron 00:00:08
00:16:58 Herman van Rompuy shaking hands with Lucas Papademos 00:00:08
00:17:06 Mark Rutte and Fredrik Reinfeldt 00:00:06
00:17:12 Mariano Rajoy Brey and Jean-Claude Juncker 00:00:08
00:17:20 Andrus Ansip and Dalia Grybauskaité 00:00:05
00:17:25 José Manuel Barroso and Lucas Papademos 00:00:07
00:17:32 Borut Pahor and Pedro Passos Coelho 00:00:05
00:17:37 Viktor Orbán 00:00:04
00:17:41 Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy (2 shots) 00:00:14
00:17:55 José Manuel Barroso, Angela Merkel and David Cameron (2 shots) 00:00:11
00:18:06 Nicolas Sarkozy and Mario Monti 00:00:09
00:18:15 Angela Merkel and Traian Băsescu 00:00:05
00:18:20 General view of the roundtable (2 shots) 00:00:19
00:18:38 3.GROUP PHOTO 00:01:01
00:18:38 Title 00:00:05
00:18:43 Group photo (8 shots) 00:00:56
00:19:39 4.PRESS CONFERENCE 00:03:23
00:19:39 Title 00:00:05
00:19:44 Herman van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso arriving (2 shots) 00:00:13
00:19:57 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso saying that: The so-called fiscal compact, the treaty on stability coordination and governance has also been finalised and it took not so long to agree on it. It will be signed in March and I think the fact that it was possible to come to an agreement not to only in the Euro area countries but by 25 members of the European Union was indeed very impressive. 00:00:25
00:20:23 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:05
00:20:28 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Herman van Rompuy: The treaty is all about more responsibility and better surveillance and every country that signs it commits to bring in debt brake into its own legislation and will do so at constitutional or equivalent level. New voting rules and an automatic correction mechanism will enforce compliance more effectively. 25 members States will sign it and it is all except the UK and the Czech Republic. 00:00:37
00:21:04 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
00:21:09 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: To tackle youth unemployment, each Member States will prepare a national job plan. I propose that its core will be a youth guarantee which ensures that all young people are either in a job, in training or in education within four months of leaving school. The Commission will establish action teams with Member States with above average youth unemployment, namely the 8 countries that are more affected by this problem. They will agree how we can best use the 22 billions Euros of EU social funds money not yet allocated. 00:00:37
00:21:46 Cutaway of cameraman 00:00:04
00:21:51 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Herman van Rompuy: Stimulating employment is mostly a responsibility for individual countries but some of the work, we can do together as an union and we will do it; second priority helping small and medium-size to get access to credit. 00:00:18
00:22:08 Cutaway of journalist 00:00:05
00:22:13 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: So I am confident that provided there is a good cooperation now between the troika and the Greek authorities and our mission is there in Athens, we can conclude this new program in the next days. But I can not commit to an exact date or the exact format of this new agreement. 00:00:23
00:22:36 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:05
00:22:40 Departure of Herman van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:12
00:22:53 Credit 00:00:10
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