European Council: all arrivals

Type: News   Reference: i-078359   Duration: 00:13:28  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 22/05/2013   First transmission: 22/05/2013
On 22 May, the European Council will, in the context of the EU's efforts to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness, discuss energy and taxation. On energy, it will address the EU's energy policy against the backdrop of pressure on Europe's competitiveness and increasing energy demand from major economies. Building on the policy priorities and actions it set in February 2011, it will focus on certain key aspects, particularly those in relation with the EU's growth and jobs agenda, and will seek to give guidance to the Council. On taxation, the European Council will focus on effective steps to fight tax evasion and tax fraud, as well as to tackle aggressive tax planning in order to protect revenues and enhance the effectiveness of tax systems. It is expected to call for rapid progress on a number of issues, including automatic exchange of information, taxation of savings interest and measures to counter VAT fraud.

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00:00:05 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (in French) Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg: One month ago Luxembourg presented its point. We will give up bank secrecy and will join the automatic exchange of banking data in January 2015. We are waiting for negotiations with third countries to conclude, in particular Switzerland. We would like to avoid a situation where competition will be distorted. 00:00:43
00:00:53 SOUNDBITE (in French) Jean-Claude Juncker: As we said that we are ready to introduce the automatic exchange of banking data on 1st January 2015 if the EU negotiate with Switzerland and other countries. 00:00:18
00:01:11 Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council 00:00:09
00:01:20 Alenka Bratusek, Slovenian Prime Minister 00:00:09
00:01:29 Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister, Italian Prime Minister 00:00:12
00:01:41 SOUNDBITE (in English) David Cameron, British Prime Minister:I believe in low taxes for businesses because they encourage the creation of jobs and investments. We've got to make sure that when we set these taxes, companies are paying them. That´s why international cooperation and sharing information is important. It's good for our own country, it's good for the developing world as well. It's important agenda and I hope we can make some progress today. 00:00:56
00:02:37 Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus 00:00:11
00:02:48 SOUNDBITE (in English) Nicos Anastasiades: We have to discuss with the EU different points. So we have to see the new tools that we have to encourage growth, it is the most important. 00:00:14
00:03:02 Dalia Grybauskaité, Lithuanian President 00:00:11
00:03:13 SOUNDBITE (in English) Dalia Grybauskaité: Of course we will be discussing the tax evasion and tax fraud, not only I the EU but also with other countries and offshore. And this is important today for everybody in global economic situation, not only for Europe. 00:00:18
00:03:31 Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister 00:00:06
00:03:37 SOUNDBITE (in Dutch) Mark Rutte saying that it is necessary to focus on the automatic exchange of banking data. 00:00:30
00:04:07 SOUNDBITE (in English) Jyrki Katainen, Finnish President: We need more transparency, automatic exchange of information is important because we have to take care that we have a level playing field. It is unfair that the workers, entrepreneurs are competing against each other with unfair regulation. So I am sure that time is ready to take measures that should have been taken earlier. 00:00:38
00:04:45 Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister 00:00:12
00:04:57 Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister 00:00:06
00:05:03 SOUNDBITE (in English) Helle Thorning-Schmidt:I do not want to comment on particular companies but I do think that it is important that we look at a tax exemptions and I'm very happy that we take this opportunity in this meeting to focus on that. 00:00:13
00:05:16 SOUNDBITE (in French) Antonio Samaras Greek Prime Minister: We have to link our competitiveness both with the fight against tax evasion, as well as with the creation of a solid energy policy. Furthermore, the development of the indigenous sources of energy of the Union is of vital importance both for the energy security of Europe, as well as for the right pricing. 00:00:49
00:06:05 Frederik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister 00:00:06
00:06:11 SOUNDBITE (in French) Frederik Reinfeldt: Well I don't know if we will make references to the individual companies but it reflects the will in EU to have more fairness. The tax should be paid because these companies ask for a lot of investments in infrastructures, research and development. They want to have well educated staff members. Let's keep that together, pay your taxes, and then we can afford all of these investments. And that is at the core of this problem. 00:00:29
00:06:40 SOUNDBITE (in German) Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor saying that: It is a bad day for tax frauders because we are moving on togethere and I believe we will be able to establish this automatica data exchange by end of the year. We will also adopt additional regulations regarding third countries or bring trusts under the microscope. The regulation is formulated well and this is an important step for Europe. 00:00:47
00:07:27 Elio Di Rupo, Belgian Prime Minister 00:00:33
00:08:00 SOUNDBITE (in French) Elio Di Rupo sying that: Europe has to make progress but also on the international level, a step should be made in order to have fairness in the facility. It means that the peoples who earn low, pay low, middle, pay middle and the one who earn more, pay more. And big companies have to contribute to the infrastructures in the society. 00:00:09
00:08:09 Rosen Plevneliev, Bulgarian Prime Minister 00:00:10
00:08:19 Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister 00:00:08
00:08:27 José Manuel Barroso, EC President 00:00:09
00:08:36 Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament 00:00:10
00:08:46 Enda Kenny, The Taoiseach, Irish Prime Minister 00:00:05
00:08:51 SOUNDBITE (in English) Enda Kenny: I would like to repeat that Ireland's corporate tax is statute-based and very transparent, we do not do any special deals with individual companies in regard to that tax rate. The aggressive tax plan by multinationals in an international environment is one that is of focus for quite some time now. 00:00:25
00:09:16 Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister 00:00:15
00:09:31 Petr Necas, Czech Prime Minister 00:00:08
00:09:39 Robert Fico, Slovakian Prime Minister 00:00:10
00:09:49 Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister 00:00:11
00:10:00 SOUNDBITE (in German) Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor saying that: We meet today to discuss energy issues and the establishment of the European energy market. In addition we are also going to have talks on taxation issues, tax fraud and obstacles regarding information exchange which should end. We are also going to be able make progress on the work already done by finance ministers. There will finally be an automatic information exchange on important data and there will also be discussions with third countries for a uniform basis. This is a huge step forward, we are however not finished, we also need a broader tax data exchange. It is important to make progress against tax evasion. 00:01:26
00:11:26 SOUNDBITE (in French) François Hollande, President of France, saying that: 00:00:27
00:11:53 SOUNDBITE (in French) François Hollande: We will have progress. It is very important that Europe tackles this subject, that some countries have signed texts, such as France and Germany, the UK has also decided to work on that. Why this consensus? Because when we need fiscal resources, we must look for those who are not paying instead of those who are doing it. 00:00:42
00:12:35 Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister 00:00:07
00:12:42 Zoran Milanovic, Croatian Prime Minister 00:00:09
00:12:51 Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister 00:00:10
00:13:01 Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister 00:00:13
00:13:14 Victor Ponta, Romanian Prime Minister 00:00:14
00:13:28 End 00:00:00
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