General Affairs Council: extracts from the press conference by the Irish Presidency and the European Commission
Première transmission: 21/05/2013
Brussels, Belgium - EC
Fin de production: 21/05/2013
On 21 May, Eamon Gilmore, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget, and Maroš Šefcovic, EC Vice-President in charge of Interinstitutional Relations and Administration, held the press conference of the General Affairs Council.
The speakers outlined they will intensify discussion with the Parliament on the EU's multiannual financial framework for the 2014-2020 period. They underlined the necessity to get an agreement before the summer. 'It is in everyone's interest that we reach agreement on the MFF before the summer', 'Our researchers, our students, our entrepreneurs, framers will not understand why we have not been able reach an agreement on tis budget'.
The Ministers also prepared the European Council meeting on 22 May on the basis of draft conclusions and take note of the a draft annotated agenda of the European Council meeting on 27-28 June.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Eamon Gilmore, Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: We will now continue to intensify our discussion with the Parliament on the MFF. We have plans to meet them this week in Strasburg. I will be returning to Brussels next week for a further political trialogue. I received a very strong backing from my ministerial colleagues for these negotiations. It is in everyone's interest that we reach agreement on the MFF before the summer. There is nothing to be gain in waiting until after the summer to reach this agreement. On the contrary, we can not afford to call into question the continuity of the EU programs and we need to have predictability, our researchers, our students, our entrepreneurs, framers will not understand why we didn't reach an agreement.
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||SOUNDBITE (in English) Janusz Lewandowski, Member of the EC in charge of Financial Programming and Budget: I think it is really joint responsibility to move next week. Next week is very much decisive as a test whether we are progressing our not to finalise the deal at the latest June-July, before the holidays. This is about predictability of investments for 7 years in Europe, this is essential what is at stake in this game.
||Cutaway of the audience
||SOUNDBITE (in English) Maroš Šefcovic, EC Vice-President in charge of Interinstitutional Relations and Administration: At the period like what we are going through right now are in Europe, what is very important is that we should ensure the foreigners. That is why the package of discussions we should have tomorrow was very much appreciated by the Ministers. Speaking about the energy I think there was a wide agreement that the completion of the energy internal market is a key. We still need to remove the remaining fragmentation of this market in EU. We believe it will become the driving forces to mitigate the energy prices.
||General view of press conference