European Council, Brussels, 18-19/10/2012

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End production: 25/10/2012
On 18 and 19 October 2012, the EU Heads of State or Government gathered in Brussels for a European Council which was dedicated to economic policy, growth and jobs. Ahead of this meeting, the Tripartite Social Summit brought together European institutions, employers’ and workers’ representatives to discuss how to boost growth and create quality jobs. The European Council reiterated its firm commitment to take resolute action to address financial market tensions, restore confidence and stimulate growth and jobs. It closely reviewed the implementation of the Compact for Growth and Jobs. It welcomed progress made so far but also called for swift, determined and result-oriented action to ensure its full and rapid implementation. Further to the presentation of the interim report on Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), the European Council called for work to proceed on the proposals on the Single Supervisory Mechanism as a matter of priority with the objective of agreeing on the legislative framework by 1 January 2013 and agreed on a number of orientations to that end. It also took note of issues relating to the integrated budgetary and economic policy frameworks and democratic legitimacy and accountability which should be further explored. It agreed that the process towards deeper economic and monetary union should build on the EU's institutional and legal framework and be characterised by openness and transparency towards non-euro area Member States and respect for the integrity of the Single Market. It looked forward to a specific and time-bound roadmap to be presented at its December 2012 meeting, so that it can move ahead on all essential building blocks on which a genuine EMU should be based. The European Council also discussed relations with the EU's strategic partners and adopted conclusions on Syria, Iran and Mali.

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10:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:18
10:00:18 1. Tripartite Social Summit: arrivals 00:00:55
10:00:18 Title 00:00:05
10:00:23 Arrival of Donatas Jankauskas, Lithuanian Minister for Social Security and Labour 00:00:10
10:00:34 Arrival of Philippe de Buck, Director-General of BusinessEurope and co-Chairman of the Alliance for a Competitive European Industry (ACEI) 00:00:11
10:00:45 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC 00:00:09
10:00:54 Arrival of Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus 00:00:12
10:01:06 Arrival of László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion 00:00:07
10:01:14 2. Tripartite Social Summit: round table 00:04:42
10:01:14 Title 00:00:05
10:01:19 Donatas Jankauskas 00:00:04
10:01:23 Diomides Diomidous, General Secretary of the Democratic Labour Federation of Cyprus (DEOK) (4 shots) 00:00:19
10:01:43 José Manuel Barroso (5 shots) 00:00:48
10:02:31 Philippe de Buck 00:00:05
10:02:36 Philippe de Buck and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:04
10:02:41 General view of the meeting 00:00:08
10:02:49 Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council (4 shots) 00:00:49
10:03:38 Herman van Rompuy and Philippe de Buck 00:00:22
10:04:00 Herman van Rompuy and Demetris Christofias 00:00:11
10:04:12 Herman van Rompuy 00:00:10
10:04:22 Cutaway of photographers 00:00:05
10:04:28 Demetris Christofias 00:00:03
10:04:32 José Manuel Barroso, Herman van Rompuy and Demetris Christofias 00:00:12
10:04:44 Herman van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso (3 shots) 00:00:24
10:05:08 Diomedes Diomidous, Ignacio Fernández Toxo, President of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), and social partners 00:00:13
10:05:22 László Andor, José Manuel Barroso, Herman van Rompuy and Demetris Christofias 00:00:08
10:05:30 Donatas Jankauskas 00:00:06
10:05:36 General view of the meeting 00:00:20
10:05:56 3. Tripartite Social Summit: press conference 00:03:55
10:05:56 Title 00:00:05
10:06:01 General view of the press conference (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:06:11 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that one of the ideas is to promote structural reforms through arrangements of a contractual nature on structural reforms to promote growth and jobs; they will discuss orientations for final conclusions on the EMU report, which he will submit to the European Council in December; in the meanwhile, they will discuss in November the Multiannual Financial Framework at the European Council; a growth-oriented EU budget is needed. (3 shots) 00:00:30
10:06:41 General view of the press conference 00:00:04
10:06:46 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that, very frankly, he is not happy with the progress made so far; that's why he calls on the European Council to accelerate the adoption and implementation of many important growth-enhancing measures included in the Growth and Jobs Compact; it is true that they have been making more efforts in terms of fiscal consolidation than on the measures for growth that were already agreed at the European Council level; it is necessary to balance the important efforts made in terms of sound public finances with the right measures to have growth enhancing policies. 00:00:41
10:07:27 Cutaway of photographers 00:00:04
10:07:31 SOUNDBITE by Demetris Christofias (in GREEK) saying that they had a particularly constructive atmosphere in their meeting; they had the opportunity to exchange points of view with the social partners on how to boost growth; the objective is to create quality jobs and to have a speedy implementation of the Growth and Jobs Compact; they had a discussion with the social partners on the decisive contribution that they can make to achieve a recovery in the EU economy as soon as possible and to come back to this much debated need for growth. 00:00:42
10:08:14 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:02
10:08:17 SOUNDBITE by Philippe de Buck (in ENGLISH) saying that their last message was that the growth will come from the private sector, large, small and medium-sized companies; if the frameworks are rights, if the policies are rights, companies are prepared to invest for more size and that is important to notice; it is a question of confidence. 00:00:24
10:08:42 Cutaway of photographers 00:00:04
10:08:46 SOUNDBITE by Ignacio Fernández Toxo (in SPANISH) saying that in 2012, Europe went back into recession; some Member States into greater recession than others; and about a million more jobs were lost; so this is untenable, the austerity policy focussing only on adjustment and reform measures is not acceptable; in Spain at least this austerity policy has been suicidal in economic terms and very unfair given the burden on our societies. 00:00:43
10:09:29 General view of press conference 00:00:04
10:09:34 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the European Commission stands ready to act in case there is a request but, as the President of the Council said, it is completely up to the Spanish authorities to take this decision. 00:00:11
10:09:45 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:09:49 Speakers leaving the room 00:00:03
10:09:52 4. European Council: arrivals 00:15:19
10:09:52 Title 00:00:05
10:09:57 Arrival of François Hollande, President of the French Republic, and SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) saying that there are reasons to believe that we will get out of the euro area crisis because the Council took good decisions in June and the role of the Council is to implement and apply these decisions in the interest of Europe and of the euro area; there are some proposals to strengthen the budgetary union; they will listen to these later; on the agenda of this meeting is the implementation of the banking union; this is why, with Mrs Merkel, they will discuss the next steps but before that they have to finalize the banking union. (4 shots) 00:00:58
10:10:56 Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:20
10:11:16 Arrival of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, and SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) saying that a lot of questions and uncertainties remain about how to achieve general supervision; they will have intensive discussions on that topic because a lot of details are unclear and some of the ideas are contradictory to the European treaties. (6 shots) 00:00:35
10:11:51 Arrival of Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in DUTCH) on Greece (5 shots) 00:00:35
10:12:27 Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister 00:00:14
10:12:42 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourgish Prime Minister and President of the Eurogroup, and SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) saying that they have to agree on direct bank recapitalization; it is important to agree on the substance; but they still have to discuss it. (5 shots) 00:00:35
10:13:17 Arrival of Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:20
10:13:38 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:16
10:13:55 Arrival of Elio Di Rupo, Belgian Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) saying that there is a specific agenda; Belgium is among the best European students, but all the Member States must work to change the climate, to restore confidence for investors and citizens in order to foster consumption; today, optimism can exist if the Compact for Growth and Jobs is achieved as well as the banking union; clear signals should be sent to Spain and Greece because without that the euro area will be in a bad situation; it is also difficult for Belgium; there is a possibility to progress towards a tax on financial transactions; what Europe needs is a climate of trust for citizens and businesses, more investment and more consumption. (9 shots) 00:01:44
10:15:39 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) saying that they will essentially be discussing further developments as regards the Economic and Monetary Union including the banking supervision; on this subject discussions will be based on previous works carried out by the Finance Ministers; they will once again stress that they would like to work quick and thoroughly. (10 shots) 00:00:49
10:16:29 Arrival of Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister (2 shots) 00:00:07
10:16:36 Arrival of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) saying that he thinks the problem is that criteria adopted by Member States at Council meetings must be fulfilled by those Member States and integrated in their own legislations; furthermore, depending on their responsibilities, the Commissioner in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs or the President of the Eurogroup should have the ability to have Member States fulfil the criteria. (4 shots) 00:00:50
10:17:26 Arrival of Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:16
10:17:43 Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:14
10:17:57 Arrival of Demetris Christofias and SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) saying that we have to try to overcome the economic crisis with policies which are going to bring back prosperity and social cohesion in Europe. (8 shots) 00:00:56
10:18:54 Arrival of Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:18
10:19:12 Arrival of Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (5 shots) 00:00:20
10:19:33 Arrival of Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:20
10:19:53 Arrival of David Cameron, British Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) on energy prices: saying that he wants to be on the side of hardworking families who often struggle to pay energy bills; saying that they are going to use the forthcoming legislation, the energy bill so that they make sure that customers get the lowest tax; on the European Summit: saying that they have to make sure that the European Union is competitive; that means deregulation, cutting the costs of regulation, supporting enterprise, doing trade deals with the biggest economies in the world – the USA, Japan, the fastest growing countries in the world -, and, above all, it means completing the thing that matters most in Europe which is the single market that can be an engine of growth. (6 shots) 00:01:09
10:21:03 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso (4 shots) 00:00:10
10:21:14 Arrival of Janez Janša, Slovenian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:10
10:21:24 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, Romanian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:21:40 Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) saying that the Finnish position is that the Council has to work as fast as possible because we need a European supervision, a better supervision and supervisory body; but it is not the easiest one to create; that is why the quality of the decision is the most important thing. (3 shots) 00:00:19
10:21:59 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) on direct recapitalization of banks: saying that he understands the German concerns; his main concern is that he does not want Swedish taxpayers or the Swedish banking system to cover losses or problems in other countries' banking systems; it is necessary to have a full fiscal backstop in each and every one of the nation States to be able to take care of recapitalization needs in different banks. (4 shots) 00:00:43
10:22:42 Arrival of Robert Fico, Slovak Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:15
10:22:58 Arrival of Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:21
10:23:19 Arrival of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:18
10:23:38 Arrival of Zoran Milanović, Croatian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:09
10:23:47 Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, and SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) saying that banking supervision in Europe is a first step and a right one in the process of preventing the sector to spark off crisis in the future; however there is a need for a global banking supervision. (4 shots) 00:00:31
10:24:19 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister 00:00:11
10:24:31 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:23
10:24:54 Arrival of Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) (5 shots) 00:00:17
10:25:12 5. European Council: round table 00:07:34
10:25:12 Title 00:00:05
10:25:17 Herman van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:08
10:25:25 Arrival of Martin Schulz, Antonis Samaras and Helle Thorning-Schmidt 00:00:13
10:25:39 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Demetris Christofias, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Pedro Passos Coelho and Martin Schulz 00:00:32
10:26:11 Arrival of Janez Janša 00:00:06
10:26:18 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Antonis Samaras 00:00:23
10:26:41 Arrival of Robert Fico 00:00:02
10:26:44 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Janez Janša and Robert Fico 00:00:18
10:27:02 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Traian Băsescu 00:00:11
10:27:14 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Zoran Milanović 00:00:05
10:27:19 Arrival of Werner Faymann 00:00:02
10:27:22 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Werner Faymann 00:00:06
10:27:28 Werner Faymann, Demetris Christofias, Robert Fico, Lawrence Gonzi and Boyko Borissov 00:00:11
10:27:40 Martin Schulz and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:05
10:27:45 Arrival of Andrus Ansip 00:00:04
10:27:50 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Andrus Ansip 00:00:06
10:27:57 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker 00:00:04
10:28:02 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Jean-Claude Juncker 00:00:08
10:28:10 José Manuel Barroso and Martin Schulz 00:00:03
10:28:13 Arrival of Enda Kenny 00:00:06
10:28:20 Group of Heads of State or Government talking 00:00:06
10:28:27 Boyko Borissov and Jean-Claude Juncker 00:00:02
10:28:29 Catherine Ashton 00:00:05
10:28:35 Herman van Rompuy welcoming Donald Tusk, Enda Kenny and Viktor Orbán 00:00:29
10:29:04 Pedro Passos Coelho 00:00:05
10:29:09 Viktor Orbán, Traian Băsescu, Boyko Borissov, Donald Tusk and Martin Schulz 00:00:19
10:29:28 Boyko Borissov, Lawrence Gonzi, Jean-Claude Juncker and Robert Fico 00:00:06
10:29:35 Traian Băsescu and Dalia Grybauskaité 00:00:06
10:29:41 Viktor Orbán, José Manuel Barroso and Werner Faymann 00:00:05
10:29:46 Traian Băsescu and Catherine Ashton 00:00:08
10:29:55 Werner Faymann, Martin Schulz and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:05
10:30:01 Lawrence Gonzi and Robert Fico 00:00:05
10:30:07 General view of the meeting 00:00:04
10:30:11 Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, welcomed by Herman van Rompuy (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:30:21 Traian Băsescu 00:00:06
10:30:27 General view of the meeting 00:00:04
10:30:32 Arrival of Mario Monti, welcomed by Herman van Rompuy (2 shots) 00:00:11
10:30:43 Catherine Ashton and Martin Schulz 00:00:05
10:30:48 Cutaway of cameramen and photographers 00:00:04
10:30:53 Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Zoran Milanović 00:00:04
10:30:58 General view 00:00:05
10:31:03 Arrival of Angela Merkel and François Hollande, welcomed by Herman van Rompuy (3 shots) 00:00:21
10:31:25 Angela Merkel and Mark Rutte 00:00:05
10:31:30 Arrival of David Cameron 00:00:08
10:31:39 Herman van Rompuy and David Cameron 00:00:02
10:31:42 Boyko Borissov, David Cameron, Lawrence Gonzi and Robert Fico 00:00:05
10:31:48 Angela Merkel, Martin Schulz and Elio Di Rupo 00:00:08
10:31:56 Arrival of Mariano Rajoy Brey 00:00:05
10:32:02 Angela Merkel and Jean-Claude Juncker 00:00:04
10:32:07 Mariano Rajoy Brey and François Hollande 00:00:11
10:32:18 Catherine Ashton, Demetris Christofias and Herman van Rompuy 00:00:05
10:32:23 Dalia Grybauskaité and Angela Merkel 00:00:05
10:32:29 José Manuel Barroso and Pedro Passos Coelho 00:00:08
10:32:37 David Cameron and Elio Di Rupo 00:00:06
10:32:44 General view 00:00:02
10:32:46 6. European Council: group photo 00:02:40
10:32:46 Title 00:00:05
10:32:51 Group photo (11 shots) From left to right, in the 1st row: Catherine Ashton, Robert Fico, Jean-Claude Juncker, Mario Monti, Enda Kenny, Martin Schulz, Traian Băsescu, Demetris Christofias, Herman van Rompuy, Dalia Grybauskaitė, François Hollande, José Manuel Barroso, Antonis Samaras, Valdis Dombrovskis, Mark Rutte, and Uwe Corsepius, Secretary General of the Council of the EU; in the 2nd row: Zoran Milanović, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 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, Boyko Borissov, Andrus Ansip, David Cameron, and Lawrence Gonzi. 00:02:35
10:35:27 7. European Council: press conference 00:04:14
10:35:27 Title 00:00:05
10:35:32 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy (2 shots) 00:00:12
10:35:44 José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy 00:00:03
10:35:48 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that he debriefed the European Council on the Summit held in September with China, a very positive one; China is undergoing a "once in a decade" leadership change; the EU Heads of State or Government exchanged views on how to engage constructively with the new Leadership; in a longer term perspective, it is in Europe's core interest that China succeeds; they will come back to this issue early in Spring 2013 to best prepare the next Summit which should take place in China in Autumn 2013. 00:00:39
10:36:27 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:03
10:36:31 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that in Syria, unprecedented use of force against civilians by the regime is exacerbating further the violence and the stability of the region; the Council reaffirmed the Union's position on political, humanitarian and regional action; they also endorsed the additional sanctions against the Syrian regime adopted early that week by the Foreign Ministers. 00:00:25
10:36:56 Cutaway of a journalist 00:00:03
10:37:00 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that they also talked about Iran; Europe is leading the efforts of the international community towards a diplomatic solution; actually, it is Catherine Ashton who is leading the negotiations on behalf of the E3+3; their approach remains to keep pressing the regime to engage constructively; there as well, they endorsed the latest set of EU sanctions against the regime. 00:00:23
10:37:24 Cutaway of journalists 00:00:04
10:37:28 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that they also discussed developments in Mali; this was a first; the situation has a security, humanitarian and regional impact on the Sahel; it could also become a threat to our own security; the Union is contributing to the international efforts led by the United Nations, to stabilise the situation. 00:00:22
10:37:51 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
10:37:57 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that they also have a clearer long-term vision for the Economic and Monetary Union; there was a very dense and interesting discussion among Heads of State or Government on this project; the Commission will put more flesh on the bones of these ideas in its blueprint on Economic and Monetary Union; this will feed into the work that President van Rompuy, in close cooperation with himself and the Presidents of the European Central Bank and Eurogroup, are doing, allowing them to set out a clear roadmap at the December European Council. 00:00:33
10:38:30 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:38:36 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that he is painfully aware of the difficult situation in which many European citizens find themselves, and this is precisely the reason why they have asked Heads of State or Government to immediately implement the Compact for Growth and Jobs; this is also a question of fairness; they are asking the European citizens to make major sacrifices; they need to provide them with hope, with a realistic prospect that growth will return and that the most vulnerable in society will not suffer. 00:00:28
10:39:04 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:39:10 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the financial sector must also make a fair contribution to the recovery; the Commission will take the first step towards launching enhanced cooperation on a financial transactions tax; they will present an action plan on tax fraud and tax evasion before the end of the year. 00:00:17
10:39:27 Speakers leaving the press room 00:00:08
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