European Council, Brussels, 13-14/12/2012

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End production: 20/12/2012
On 13 and 14 December 2012, the European Council agreed on a roadmap for the completion of the Economic and Monetary Union, based on deeper integration and reinforced solidarity. This process will begin with the completion, strengthening and implementation of the new enhanced economic governance, as well as the adoption of the Single Supervisory Mechanism and of the new rules on recovery and resolution and on deposit guarantees. This will be completed by the establishment of a single resolution mechanism. A number of other important issues will be further examined by the June 2013 European Council, concerning the coordination of national reforms, the social dimension of EMU, the feasibility and modalities of mutually agreed contracts for competitiveness and growth, and solidarity mechanisms and measures to promote the deepening of the Single Market and to protect its integrity. Throughout this process, democratic legitimacy and accountability will be ensured. The European Council launched work on the 2013 European Semester on the basis of the Commission's Annual Growth Survey. It decided to launch work on the further development of the EU's Common Security and Defence Policy and will return to this issue in December 2013.

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10:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:15
10:00:15 1. Arrivals 00:30:59
10:00:15 Title 00:00:05
10:00:20 Arrival of Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council (7 shots) 00:00:26
10:00:46 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor (8 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) saying that the EU Heads of State or Government will have intensive consultations; they have now a basis for paying the next tranche of funds to Greece; Greece has made great efforts for that; it is a good signal that Ministers for Finance have decided the supervisory system; this is a big step; it will create reliability and trust in the euro area; saying that at the European Council they will talk about strengthening economic coordination and adopting a roadmap for next months; at the end of 2012 they have achieved a lot; much work has been done in 2012; a lot of great progress has been made; there is now a solidarity fund with the ESM, the fiscal pact, the banking supervision; there is still more work needed so that SSM can work for 2014 and they need to promote coordination for the improvement of EU competitiveness. 00:02:05
10:02:51 Arrival of Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:24
10:03:15 Arrival of François Hollande, President of the French Republic (7 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) saying that this is a good day for Europe; progress has been made on the banking supervision and on Greece; consolidation is now needed; saying that Mario Monti is a man who has helped Italy to recover; thanks to him, Italy is today considered and respected; saying that he does not wish to intervene in Italian internal politics. 00:01:50
10:05:06 Arrival of Mario Monti, Italian Prime Minister - handshake with François Hollande (5 shots) 00:00:33
10:05:39 Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister (7 shots) 00:00:28
10:06:08 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the Eurogroup (10 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) saying that he is an experienced summit conqueror and he does not want to say anything before the autopsy; it was a week of concrete results: banking supervision was solved, the Greek package was adopted, all important decisions it was said in the press they wouldn't manage; saying that enlargement may not be the main issue at the moment, but it is important; the accession of Croatia is already decided; Croatia is historically a European country; he would not expect Serbia to become a Member tomorrow. 00:01:49
10:07:57 Arrival of David Cameron, British Prime Minister (9 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) saying that the Chancellor of the Exchequer did an excellent job because the euro area needs a banking union; but Britain won't be part of that banking union; the United Kingdom properly protected its interests in the Single Market; that is what the discussion is going to be about, the broader discussion is really about how Europe is changing; a lot of that change is being driven because of the euro, because the countries in the euro need to integrate more, need to integrate their institutions more; the UK is not in the euro and won't join the euro so they won't be part of that integration, but this change taking place does give the UK the opportunities to argue for the things the country wants in Europe and get a better deal for the country in Europe; that won't be decided that day but it is the start of some important conversations where Britain could actually do better; on Maria Miller, British Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport: saying that she does an absolutely excellent job as Culture Secretary and she has his full support; a newspaper has asked her a number of questions and she's got excellent answers to all those questions. 00:01:45
10:09:43 Arrival of Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister (5 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in DUTCH) welcoming the deal on European banking supervision but saying that more work is needed to address other challenges facing the euro area. 00:01:45
10:11:28 Arrival of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament (10 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) saying that the banking union has been brought to a good conclusion; some legislative work is still needed; he is also happy that the Greek package is adopted; the banking union is a concrete step in the right direction; questions regarding a treaty change are to be discussed, but he can understand the restraint; we need consolidation and stability, then we can take wider steps; jobs and growth are part of that consolidation; it needs to be done now, not in ten years; we need growth and to fight against youth unemployment; measures to stimulate growth are also important for the German market, due to exports; we need an ambitious EU budget, it's a growth stimulating measure. 00:01:14
10:12:43 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister (6 shots) 00:00:30
10:13:13 Arrival of Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister (4 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) saying that the bailout deal is a great success for Greece and for Europe, and a great challenge for everyone from now on. 00:00:54
10:14:07 Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister (10 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in DANISH and ENGLISH) on the banking supervision, saying that this is a good day for Europe; the Member States have unanimously reached conclusions on how to move forward with the banking union; this is good news for banks' clients all over Europe and for the European economy; it looks like really good solutions have been found for countries outside the euro area; Denmark is very happy with that. 00:01:25
10:15:33 SOUNDBITE (in CZECH - sound as incoming) by Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister 00:02:42
10:18:16 Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Prime Minister (6 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) saying that, first of all, he expects some new steps on how to further develop the banking union; then, because they don't have this big pressure to decide on further integration, they could have a more relaxed surrounding to talk about the future of the EU and about the EMU; they need more time to reflect about big reforms and really consider what they want to do about the EMU; on Italy: saying that the most important thing is that the responsible politics continue; he's been very happy about the recent development in Italy and really satisfied with the work that Mario Monti has done with his government; on the possibility of Silvio Berlusconi becoming Italian Prime Minister again: saying that he doesn't want to interfere in the domestic issues in Italy; it is up to the political parties in Italy to choose the candidate for the next elections; the main thing he is interested in is that the same responsible policy continue whatever and whoever wins the next elections. 00:02:42
10:20:58 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:20
10:21:18 Arrival of Elio Di Rupo, Belgian Prime Minister (8 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in DUTCH and FRENCH) on the banking supervision, welcoming the agreement but saying that there is still work to do, especially on the need for a more socially-focused approach to issues like job creation. 00:01:47
10:23:06 Arrival of Demetris Christofias, President of Cyprus (7 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) on the EU/IMF bailout deal, saying that he is frustrated and disappointed. 00:00:39
10:23:46 Arrival of Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister (5 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in SWEDISH) 00:00:50
10:24:36 Arrival of Janez Janša, Slovenian Prime Minister (6 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in SLOVENIAN) 00:01:00
10:25:36 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (5 shots) 00:00:20
10:25:56 Arrival of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister (7 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in HUNGARIAN) 00:01:09
10:27:06 Arrival of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor (9 shots) - SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) saying that taking the first steps towards a banking union means a comprehensive supervision, this is very important; he didn't expect that they would agree that day on the EU's development in the next 20 years; a discussion on principles is not a bad thing; Ministers for Finance have prepared the ground well, this was agreed with them; they need to implement agreements fast; the earlier they start examining the banks, the better; pressure from high unemployment is enough; they need to decide on budget and new measures in the spring; they need to talk about common debt management; the solution for Greece is important and the supervision functions are in the right direction; saying that, for him, the most important is to decide on a budget for 7 years and not to work on provisional budgets; in this environment of unemployment, we need more confidence and trust; we also see that interest rates are becoming more disparate; we need a common budget management. 00:01:37
10:28:43 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:25
10:29:08 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, President of Romania (5 shots) 00:00:29
10:29:37 Arrival of Boyko Borissov, Bulgarian Prime Minister (5 shots) 00:00:36
10:30:14 Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:40
10:30:54 Arrival of Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) (4 shots) 00:00:20
10:31:14 2. Round table 00:03:41
10:31:14 Title 00:00:05
10:31:19 Arrival of Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, welcomed by Herman van Rompuy 00:00:06
10:31:26 Arrival of Boyko Borissov 00:00:06
10:31:32 David Cameron and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:03
10:31:36 Boyko Borissov and Antonis Samaras 00:00:06
10:31:42 David Cameron and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:06
10:31:49 Arrival of Lawrence Gonzi, Maltese Prime Minister, welcomed by Herman van Rompuy 00:00:08
10:31:58 Arrival of Enda Kenny - followed by Mariano Rajoy Brey (2 shots) 00:00:13
10:32:11 Enda Kenny welcomed by Herman van Rompuy 00:00:11
10:32:22 Joint arrival of Angela Merkel and François Hollande, welcomed by Herman van Rompuy (2 shots) 00:00:18
10:32:41 Valdis Dombrovskis and Janez Janša 00:00:06
10:32:47 Fredrik Reinfeldt with Enda Kenny, François Hollande and Angela Merkel 00:00:06
10:32:53 Arrival of Robert Fico, Slovak Prime Minister, welcomed by Herman van Rompuy 00:00:06
10:32:59 Angela Merkel joining group of European leaders, including Zoran Milanović, Croatian Prime Minister, and Andrus Ansip 00:00:15
10:33:15 Angela Merkel with David Cameron, Andrus Ansip, Zoran Milanović, François Hollande 00:00:09
10:33:24 Arrival of Elio Di Rupo, welcomed by Herman van Rompuy 00:00:11
10:33:36 Joint arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker and Mark Rutte 00:00:11
10:33:48 Martin Schulz and François Hollande 00:00:06
10:33:54 Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, welcomed by Herman van Rompuy 00:00:05
10:33:59 General view 00:00:08
10:34:08 Enda Kenny talking with Valdis Dombrovskis and Janez Janša; Jean-Claude Juncker talking with Antonis Samaras 00:00:14
10:34:22 General view 00:00:06
10:34:28 Pedro Passos Coelho and Angela Merkel 00:00:05
10:34:34 General view 00:00:03
10:34:38 Enda Kenny, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, Demetris Christofias, Herman van Rompuy and Martin Schulz 00:00:03
10:34:41 Valdis Dombrovskis, Mario Monti and Antonis Samaras 00:00:08
10:34:50 General view 00:00:05
10:34:55 3. Group photo 00:01:55
10:34:55 Title 00:00:05
10:35:00 Group photo (12 shots) from left to right, in the 1st row: Catherine Ashton, Robert Fico, Jean-Claude Juncker, Mario Monti, 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. 00:01:50
10:36:51 4. Extracts from the final press conference 00:04:10
10:36:51 Title 00:00:05
10:36:56 José Manuel Barroso, Herman van Rompuy and Demetris Christofias walking to the press conference room 00:00:11
10:37:08 General view of the press conference room 00:00:09
10:37:18 Speakers 00:00:03
10:37:22 Cutaway of press 00:00:05
10:37:27 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that that morning, the Heads of State or Government had a good discussion on the Common Security and Defence Policy; it's been a while – in fact since 2008 – that this issue has been discussed at European Council level; there are several reasons why he wanted to bring it back on their agenda; for one thing, the security challenges that Europe faces have, if anything, increased over the last few years; and the EU countries are being called upon to assume more responsibility in the maintenance of peace in the EU neighbourhood and beyond. 00:00:38
10:38:05 Cutaway of photographer 00:00:05
10:38:10 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that they also had a substantial discussion on the increasingly deteriorating situation in Syria, a situation by which they are appalled; they have a moral duty on this issue, where so many innocent lives are being lost; they underlined the gravity of the situation, and the need to support the coalition of Syrian opposition forces in the most effective way; they stressed the need for Assad to leave office, and for a real political process to take place. 00:00:36
10:38:47 Cutaway of press 00:00:04
10:38:51 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that they need to get young people into the labour market to deliver a job rich recovery; the previous week, the Commission presented a youth employment package; he hopes it will play an important role in helping Member States tackle youth unemployment, by establishing youth guarantees and a quality framework for traineeships; within four months after leaving school, they would like to have all young people to get back either into education, training, apprenticeships or, of course, a job. 00:00:34
10:39:25 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:39:32 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that they also had a good discussion on the future of the EMU; he believes national ownership and deep discussion is vital on these sensitive issues; no door was closed on steps towards deeper EMU and they will keep moving forward; the Commission will keep driving the ambition. 00:00:16
10:39:48 Cutaway 00:00:04
10:39:53 SOUNDBITE by Demetris Christofias (in GREEK) saying that this meeting of the European Council is unquestionably yet another step in their course in completing and integrating the Economic and Monetary Union; the way to construct a substantive EMU is a long one and they definitely need to maintain the momentum; the decisions that have been taken and the orientations that have been decided will determine to a significant degree the course of the European Union in next years; the reform that is taking place aiming at the more effective economic and financial governance will also help to face up quicker to the economic crisis that is hurting the EU. 00:00:49
10:40:43 Departure of the speakers 00:00:12
10:40:55 Copyright 00:00:06
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