Visit of European religious leaders to the EC: extracts from the common press conference by José Manuel Barroso, Herman van Rompuy, László Surján, and religious leaders
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 30 May 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and László Surján, Vice-President of the EP, received around twenty senior representatives from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim religions as well as from the Buddhist communities from all over Europe.
This video shows the press conference given by José Manuel Barroso, Herman van Rompuy and László Surján following their meeting with the Religious Leaders.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels
||General view of the press conference
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in ENGLISH): Today we are inviting religious organisations across the European Union to voice their ideas about the future of Europe, about our European values, social issues and questions of solidarity. And during the debate we understand clearly that it is not about ideas only. Many of those churches are doing very important work in our societies across Europe, namely fighting the problems of poverty. And one of the points that I can highlight among many others, is the issue of how important it is, the role of the integrated associations in our societies.
||Cutaway of a cameraman
||Soundbite by Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council (in FRENCH) saying that however they belong to a Union, not just because of the economy however important it may be today. They belong to the Union, not just because of history, geography, education and culture but above all by sharing the same values. The basis of which is respect of individuals and openness towards others. These values are under pressure, even before the economic crisis. The right to difference, diversity, dialogue, cooperation, generosity, fairness, rejection of violence, phobias, should remain at the heart of the European message.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by László Surján, Vice-President of the EP (in ENGLISH): Today we had the opportunity to listen to the voice of the Religious Leaders, representing so many European citizens. We have heard about increasing anti-Semitism, Islam phobia, and we know less extend but there is a Christian phobia as well. Therefore we should urge everybody to fight against these devils of the last century to prepare a better future for our continent and our European Union.
||Departure of the Speakers and the Religious Leaders