Joint press conference by Olli Rehn, Algirdas Šemeta and László Andor on the 2013 country-specific recommendations: extracts

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-078705   Duration: 10:04:48  Lieu:
End production: 29/05/2013   First transmission: 29/05/2013
On 29 May 2013, Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro, László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud, gave a joint press conference on the 2013 country-specific recommendations The Commission has published country-specific recommendations for Member States along with an overarching communication on what is needed to return to growth and jobs. The recommendations are based on a thorough assessment of every Member State's plans for sound public finances and economic reforms to boost growth and jobs. This video shows extracts of this press conference.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building 00:00:06
10:00:11 Joint arrival of the Speakers 00:00:04
10:00:15 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
10:00:23 Soundbite by Olli Rehn, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro (in ENGLISH): In line with the rules of the Pact, the Commission is recommending an exit from the excessive deficit procedure, or as it is called in the legislation, abrogation from the EDP, for the following five countries in alphabetical order: Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania. These countries can exit the excessive deficit procedure, that is our proposal to the Council. Unfortunately, we also have to recommend the opening of an EDP for Malta, only half a year after its previous EDP was closed. As a consequence, there are likely to be 16 Member States in the excessive deficit procedure after this round, which brings the number down from 24 as recently as 2011. So from 24 to 16 in these two years. 00:01:15
10:01:38 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
10:01:45 Soundbite by Olli Rehn (in ENGLISH): Then, we have some recommendations for the extension of the correction deadline. We recommend for Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal an extension by one year. And for France, Poland, Slovenia and Spain, an extension by two years. 00:00:25
10:02:10 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
10:02:17 Soundbite by Olli Rehn (in ENGLISH): For France, we propose a two-year extension to 2015, so from this year, 2013, to 2015. The recommended effort of structural fiscal adjustement over 2014 and 2015 is slightly lower than that being made this year. In return, it is crucial, indeed essential, that France use this additional time to tackle its underlying problems of economic competitiveness. 00:00:44
10:03:01 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
10:03:08 Soundbite by László Andor, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (in ENGLISH): More specifically, Member States must urgently take concrete steps to implement the Youth Guarantee, as agreed by the Council of Ministers. Under the Youth Guarantee, every Member State should ensure that all young people under the age of 25 receive an offer of a job, continued education, a traineeship or an apprenticeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. The Commission has proposed Recommendations to 12 Member States with the most serious youth unemployment problems to make the Youth Guarantee a reality as soon as possible. 00:00:37
10:03:45 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
10:03:50 Soundbite by Algirdas Šemeta, Member of the EC in charge of Taxation, Customs, Statistics, Audit and Anti-Fraud (in ENGLISH): For 5 Member States, we have given Country Specific Recommendations on debt bias. Essentially, they need to review their tax systems, to ensure that they are not encouraging indebtedness, either among individuals or corporations. Finally, it is no secret that the Commission regards the fight against tax fraud and evasion as fundamental to both the fairness and efficiency of taxation. Just last week, our leaders firmly committed to doing everything necessary at EU level to win this battle. Today, we are asking 13 Member States to improve their own tax governance. This is a timely reminder that national tax reforms, coupled with closer EU coordination, reap the best results. 00:00:57
10:04:48 General view of the press conference 00:00:05
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