European Council, 01-02/03/2012, Brussels

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On 1 & 2 March 2012, the European Council on the EU's economic strategy took place in Brussels. On this occasion, The Heads of State and Government discussed fiscal consolidation and determined actions to boost growth and jobs. They also concluded the first phase of the European Semester, a six-month cycle of economic policy coordination. They gave guidance for the realisation of Europe 2020 strategy for growth, in particular regarding measures which already in the short term would have a positive impact on growth and employment.
On the second summit day, leaders signed the new Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union (TSCG), also known as the "Fiscal Compact". The aim of the Treaty is to promote budgetary discipline, further reinforce economic policy coordination and improve the governance of the euro area.
The European Council also granted Serbia the EU candidate status.
Furthermore the European Council addressed international issues, such as the situation in Syria, the latest developments concerning the Arab Spring and the preparations for the G8 and G20 summits.

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10:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:09
10:00:09 Title 00:00:05
10:00:15 Title 00:00:00
10:00:15 1.ARRIVALS (01/03/2012) 00:00:05
10:00:20 Arrival of Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council and President of the Eurozone Summits (4 shots) 00:00:22
10:00:42 Arrival of Lucas Papademos, Greek Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:09
10:00:52 Arrival of Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, and soundbite (in DUTCH) saying that they will discuss how to get more growth in Europe with a strict agenda and they will discuss also budget discipline (5 shots) 00:00:43
10:01:36 Arrival of Boïko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:32
10:02:08 Arrival of Iveta Radičová, Slovak Prime Minister (8 shots) 00:00:37
10:02:45 Arrival of Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): We have got several objections against the content and, of course, there is also a problem with the constitutional conformity in our country and with the ratification process (7 shots) 00:00:30
10:03:15 Soundbite by Petr Nečas (in ENGLISH): At first, we are disappointed that the fundamental issue is the deficit criteria and not the debt criteria. The second reason is that we don't see as a good idea to have a special Euro summit without all contracting parties. So, we are in the situation where there is political space for political tension. 00:00:50
10:04:06 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, President of Romania (3 shots) 00:00:23
10:04:29 Arrival of Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:04:53 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:05:08 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:20
10:05:28 Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:21
10:05:50 Arrival of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania (7 shots) 00:00:33
10:06:23 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, and President of the Eurogroup (6 shots) 00:00:27
10:06:51 Arrival of Martin Schulz, President of the EP, and soundbite (in GERMAN) saying that he thinks Serbia should get the candidate status. The country has fulfilled all the necessary criteria so he thinks Member States will support Serbia (6 shots) 00:00:42
10:07:33 Arrival of Elio Di Rupo, Belgian Prime Minister, and soundbite (in FRENCH) saying that, tomorrow, they will sign the Fiscal Compact in order to get more budgetary responsibility. He wants the 27 Member States to be fully committed with more job creation, more growth and more solidarity (6 shots) 00:00:56
10:08:30 Arrival of Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ITALIAN) saying he took part in the Eurogroup where they discuss the Greek situation. The implementation of the second aid plan and the Private Sector Involvement (PSI) agreement is a difficult issue but it should end positively (5 shots) 00:01:03
10:09:34 Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC 00:00:16
10:09:50 Arrival of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister (7 shots) 00:00:22
10:10:13 Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, and soundbite (in GERMAN) saying that the sooner they get fixed rules, the better it is to be well prepared. The very details haven't been decided yet but it is the Finance Ministers who will have to take care of it. What they decided should be solid enough to send a strong signal to speculators to show them that we are prepared (7 shots) 00:01:04
10:11:17 Arrival of Janez Janša, Slovenian Prime Minister 00:00:14
10:11:32 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and soundbite (in GERMAN) saying that, first at this Council, they will sign the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance. This is an important step for more responsibility and more stability in the Union. This is a new qualitative step in order to get more political union in Europe. It is a very important signal for the EU and its stability in the future. Secondly, they will also discuss about growth in the Member States, how they could better improve growth. That is why it is a very important EU council. They have now time to improve competitiveness, growth and employment. They imperatively have to use this time. Otherwise, they will live to see the world no longer trusting them (9 shots) 00:02:20
10:13:52 Arrival of Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus (6 shots) 00:00:25
10:14:18 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): I hope to see Serbia as a candidate country tonight. I understand that it might be an opening for that. I don't foresee that we will solve the Romanian-Bulgarian problems concerning Schengen because you need a unanimous decision. And as everyone knows, we have a member country who opposes to this idea. From a Swedish position, we feel that they already meet with the criteria and they should be let in the Schengen area (6 shots) 00:00:50
10:15:09 Arrival of Zoran Milanović, Croatian Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:21
10:15:30 Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:22
10:15:52 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:16:16 Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:31
10:16:47 Arrival of David Cameron, British Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): Europe doesn't just face a debt crisis; Europe also faces a growth crisis. And Britain, together with the EU countries, has come together and set up a whole series of measures that the European Union can take that will help to drive growth including deregulating businesses to set them free to create more jobs. That is the agenda I will be driving at this EU Council and the aim is to get as many of those measures approved as possible (4 shots) 00:00:38
10:17:25 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (5 shots) 00:00:21
10:17:47 Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Prime Minister, and soundbite (in ENGLISH): I believe that Serbia will be given the candidate status because the General Affairs Council has already accepted this. I am confident that we will confirm that (6 shots) 00:00:35
10:18:22 Arrival of Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) (3 shots) 00:00:21
10:18:44 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic (4 shots) 00:00:21
10:19:06 2.ROUND TABLE (01/03/2012) 00:00:00
10:19:06 Titre 00:00:04
10:19:11 Zoran Milanović and Janez Janša 00:00:07
10:19:18 Handshake between Herman van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton 00:00:08
10:19:27 Valdis Dombrovskis and Dalia Grybauskaitė 00:00:05
10:19:33 Handshake between Herman van Rompuy and Helle Thorning-Schmidt 00:00:11
10:19:44 Demetris Christofias 00:00:05
10:19:49 Handshake between Herman van Rompuy and Jean-Claude Juncker (2 shots) 00:00:08
10:19:58 Handshake between Herman van Rompuy and Lucas Papademos 00:00:06
10:20:05 Catherine Ashton, Demetris Christofias, Jean-Claude Juncker and Helle Thorning-Schmidt 00:00:12
10:20:17 Catherine Ashton, Traian Băsescu and Zoran Milanović 00:00:05
10:20:22 Handshake between Herman van Rompuy and Petr Nečas 00:00:07
10:20:29 Andrus Ansip, Werner Faymann and Janez Janša 00:00:06
10:20:36 Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Martin Schulz 00:00:03
10:20:39 Herman van Rompuy welcoming David Cameron 00:00:07
10:20:46 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Angela Merkel and shaking hands with Mario Monti 00:00:09
10:20:56 David Cameron, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Valdis Dombrovskis, Petr Nečas, Enda Kenny and Angela Merkel 00:00:08
10:21:05 Handshake between David Cameron and Angela Merkel 00:00:04
10:21:09 José Manuel Barroso 00:00:05
10:21:15 Handshake between Herman van Rompuy and Marke Rutte 00:00:04
10:21:20 Elio Di Rupo and Werner Faymann 00:00:06
10:21:26 Andrus Ansip and Janez Janša 00:00:05
10:21:31 Catherine Ashton 00:00:05
10:21:37 Viktor Orbán and Boïko Borissov 00:00:04
10:21:41 Handshake between Herman van Rompuy and Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister 00:00:11
10:21:53 Angela Merkel, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Lucas Papademos, Demetris Christofias and Andrus Ansip 00:00:07
10:22:00 Handshake between Herman van Rompuy and Donald Tusk, followed by Mariano Rajoy Brey 00:00:10
10:22:10 Boïko Borissov and Mark Rutte 00:00:05
10:22:16 Herman van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton 00:00:03
10:22:20 Andrus Ansip and Angela Merkel 00:00:12
10:22:32 Demetris Christofias, Catherine Ashton, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Angela Merkel, Marke Rutte and Herman van Rompuy 00:00:12
10:22:45 General view of the participants 00:00:24
10:23:10 Title 00:00:00
10:23:10 3.GROUP PHOTO (01/03/2012) 00:00:05
10:23:15 Group photo (from left to right), in the 1st row: Catherine Ashton, Mark Rutte, Valdis Dombrovskis, Lucas Papademos, José Manuel Barroso, Nicolas Sarkozy, Dalia Grybauskaitė, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Herman van Rompuy, Demetris Christofias, Traian Băsescu, Martin Schulz, Enda Kenny, Mario Monti, Jean-Claude Juncker, Iveta Radičová, and Uwe Corsepius, Secretary General of the Council of the EU. In the 2nd row: Zoran Milanović, Donald Tusk, Viktor Orbán, Elio Di Rupo, Mariano Rajoy Brey, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Petr Nečas, Janez Janša, Pedro Passos Coelho, Angela Merkel, Jyrki Katainen, Werner Faymann, Boïko Borissov, Andrus Ansip, David Cameron and Lawrence Gonzi (24 shots) 00:04:11
10:27:26 4.EXTRACTS FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE (01/03/2012) 00:00:00
10:27:26 Title 00:00:05
10:27:31 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy to the press conference (2 shots) 00:00:06
10:27:38 Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH): We welcome the progress made on the new Greek programme. The aim is to put the Greek economy back on a sustainable footing, both in terms of debt sustainability and competitiveness. The Greek authorities have taken decisive legislative action over the past ten days, living up to their prior commitments, and we commend them for this. Eurozone leaders support the efforts undertaken by Greece and the assistance offered by the European Commission to strengthen the country's institutional capacity, improving also tax collection is a case in point. Finally, Eurozone leaders also confirm their commitment to reassess the adequacy of the overall ceiling of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF)/European Stability Mechanism (ESM) by the end of the month. In addition they agreed to accelerate the payments of the pending capital for the ESM. 00:00:56
10:28:34 Cutaway of a cameraman 00:00:04
10:28:38 Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH): On Serbia; we agreed tonight to grant the status of EU candidate country to Serbia. This is a remarkable achievement, a result of the efforts demonstrated by both sides in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina. I hope it will encourage Serbia to undertake further efforts in order to meet the political and economic criteria for EU membership. It is also my hope that Belgrade will continue to support regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations in the Western Balkans. 00:00:34
10:29:13 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:29:18 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): There are distinct points from the discussion; one important point is the ownership of the EU 2020 strategy. We have a strategy for growth, and this strategy should be owned by all the governments, as well as by the institutions and in our countries by all the stakeholders including, by the way, the social partners, because more than ever we need to step up the quality of social dialogue both at European and national level. 00:00:33
10:29:51 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:04
10:29:55 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): On behalf of the Commission, today, I have pushed for project bonds. I think it is important. We need, of course, for growth, structural reforms, we need a deeper single market, we need to take advantage of many opportunities in terms of international trade but we also need some kind of targeted investment. It is possible with good leveraging, working with others, namely the European Investment Bank (EIB), to achieve some important projects in terms of infrastructure: in transport, energy, broadband, can be a contribution also for our growth. 00:00:37
10:30:33 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:30:38 José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy leaving the press conference 00:00:05
10:30:43 5.ARRIVALS (02/03/2012) 00:00:00
10:30:43 Title 00:00:04
10:30:48 Soundbite (in ENGLISH) by Dalia Grybauskaitė: We always wish to be immediately in action but at least, for the first time after probably 2 years, we are talking about the growth and the future of our economy and not just about crisis management. I'm very hopeful that after signing the Treaty today, Europe and the heads of governments will finally be able to talk about Europe and its future and not only about the crisis so that is all I expect. (On the markets) Sooner or later the confidence of the market will come back but not in one night. Nobody can predict the timing. But as I said, the signature is very important because all Member States are saying that they are serious and they don't want anymore to be talking only about crisis. (On Syria) We will do everything necessary about Syria, don't worry. (On Greece) There will be a plan B and a plan C if necessary, don't worry, everything will be ok (6 shots) 00:02:01
10:32:50 Arrival of Catherine Ashton (4 shots) 00:00:25
10:33:15 Arrival of Demetris Christofias (4 shots) 00:00:31
10:33:47 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis (4 shots) 00:00:22
10:34:09 Arrival of Lucas Papademos (4 shots) 00:00:21
10:34:31 Arrival of Jyrki Katainen (5 shots) 00:01:39
10:36:11 Arrival of Elio Di Rupo (7 shots) 00:01:10
10:37:22 Arrival of Traian Băsescu (3 shots) 00:00:09
10:37:31 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt (4 shots) 00:00:24
10:37:55 Arrival of Boïko Borissov (3 shots) 00:05:13
10:43:09 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso (4 shots) 00:00:19
10:43:28 Arrival of Marke Rutte (4 shots) 00:00:19
10:43:47 Arrival of Lawrence Gonzi (2 shots) 00:00:09
10:43:57 Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt (4 shots) 00:03:45
10:47:42 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker (6 shots) 00:00:46
10:48:28 Arrival of Petr Nečas (3 shots) 00:00:19
10:48:48 Arrival of Angela Merkel (3 shots) 00:01:04
10:49:52 Arrival of Andrus Ansip (3 shots) 00:00:16
10:50:09 Arrival of David Cameron (4 shots) 00:00:48
10:50:57 Arrival of Donald Tusk (4 shots) 00:00:20
10:51:17 Arrival of Enda Kenny (5 shots) 00:00:20
10:51:37 Arrival of Mario Monti (4 shots) 00:00:24
10:52:02 Arrival of Werner Faymann (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:52:25 Arrival of Viktor Orbán (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:52:49 Arrival of Mariano Rajoy Brey (2 shots) 00:00:13
10:53:02 Arrival of Nicolas Sarkozy (6 shots) 00:00:25
10:53:28 Arrival of Iveta Radičová (3 shots) 00:00:22
10:53:50 Arrival of Zoran Milanović (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:54:14 6.ROUND TABLE (02/03/2012) 00:00:05
10:54:19 Dalia Grybauskaitė and Catherine Ashton 00:00:07
10:54:27 Enda Kenny and Demetris Christofias 00:00:07
10:54:35 General view of the round table 00:00:03
10:54:38 Handshake between Herman van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton 00:00:06
10:54:45 Jyrki Katainen 00:00:05
10:54:50 Elio Di Rupo 00:00:06
10:54:56 José Manuel Barroso and Mario Monti 00:00:07
10:55:03 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:05
10:55:09 José Manuel Barroso, Mario Monti and Angela Merkel 00:00:10
10:55:19 Werner Faymann 00:00:05
10:55:25 Boïko Borissov 00:00:02
10:55:28 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:04
10:55:32 Lawrence Gonzi and Boïko Borissov 00:00:04
10:55:36 Andrus Ansip 00:00:08
10:55:44 Fredrik Reinfeldt and Dalia Grybauskaitė 00:00:06
10:55:51 Pedro Passos Coelho 00:00:05
10:55:56 Mario Monti and Helle Thorning-Schmidt 00:00:08
10:56:04 José Manuel Barroso, Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel (2 shots) 00:00:14
10:56:19 Mariano Rajoy Brey, Fredrik Reinfeldt and Elio Di Rupo 00:00:05
10:56:25 Nicolas Sarkozy, Janez Janša and Pedro Passos Coelho 00:00:08
10:56:34 Viktor Orbán and Andrus Ansip 00:00:06
10:56:40 Catherine Ashton, Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Herman van Rompuy 00:00:06
10:56:47 Lawrence Gonzi, Iveta Radičová, Marke Rutte and Jean-Claude Juncker 00:00:05
10:56:52 General view of the round table (3 shots) 00:01:31
10:58:23 David Cameron 00:00:07
10:58:31 7.EXTRACTS FROM THE FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE 00:00:00
10:58:31 Title 00:00:05
10:58:36 General view of the press room and arrival of José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy (2 shots) 00:00:09
10:58:45 Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in FRENCH): As you have been able to see, we have signed the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance (TSCG), for the Economic and Monetary Union, also called Fiscal Compact. We have fleshed out the idea of coordination and governance. Regarding the stability, it is to avoid a repetition of the crisis we just had to live through, by strengthening budgetary discipline, the famous golden rule, and coordination between policies and strengthening the economic side of our policies and on governance, which is basically the formalisation of the eurozone summits. 00:00:58
10:59:43 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:59:49 Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH and FRENCH): The European Council remains determined to ensure that those responsible for the atrocities being committed in Syria are held accountable for their actions and will coordinated closely with and assist those working to document these appalling crimes. There was complete agreement at the end of the discussion as to how to approach the question of Syria and I should point out as I said in my acceptance speech that there is much more in the way of common external policy that you may believe. We have a common position on Iran, Syria, we had a common position on Libya and this is in the most dangerous area of the world. The 27 Member States are working hand in hand. 00:01:00
11:00:49 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
11:00:53 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): The fiscal treaty while reinforcing governance is also a very important political statement on the irreversibility of the euro. All the Member States which have signed that treaty, not only the euro area members or the others, are committing themselves to a stronger level of discipline and convergence, thus sending a very clear message on the irreversibility of the euro. The euro is not just the currency of some European countries; the euro is the currency of the EU. And that is why this treaty was so well received by our partners as a clear commitment to the future of the euro, and linking the euro to the main objectives of the EU. 00:00:51
11:01:45 Cutaway of photographers 00:00:05
11:01:51 General view of the press room 00:00:15
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