Visit of José Manuel Barroso to Prague: extracts from the joint press point by with Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 03/04/2013 First transmission: 03/04/2013
On 3 April 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister, held a joint press briefing after their meeting in Prague. José Manuel Barroso welcomed the Prime Minister's statement that the stability of the euro area is in the strategic interest of the Czech Republic.
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||José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister, arriving for the press conference
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that Prime Minister Nečas told him that he believes the stability of the euro area is in the strategic interest of the Czech Republic; he really welcomes the constructive discussion they had, because it is in the interest of all to provide for this stability for the euro area, but also to keep in mind the indispensable need of the integrity of the Single market and the integrity of the Union; this is the basic challenge we are facing today – how to deepen the Economic and Monetary Union; because certainly we need it for the financial stability, and at the same time we need to keep the integrity of the Single Market and the European Union; saying that he would like to praise the Czech Republic and the Czech Government in particular for the commitment to this ambitious agenda for the internal market where they have been working hand in hand trying to push with ambition the agenda for the Single market, because this is indeed one of the most important drivers for growth.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that he welcomed the active and constructive involvement of the Czech Government in all these discussions; they have seen in the past it was possible to have solutions that address the concerns of euro area and non-euro area countries; the Commission is very sensitive to these issues, because they believe it is their duty to keep the integrity of the European Union.
||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that they also agreed on the need to improve the use in the Czech Republic of the European structural funds; this is important for the further benefits of the Czech citizens, Czech regions and Czech businesses and also for the economic recovery.
||José Manuel Barroso and Petr Nečas leaving