G8 Summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland: Extracts from the joint press conference by José Manuel BARROSO, President of the EC, and Herman VAN ROMPUY, President of the European Council, ahead of the G8 Summit in Lough Erne

Type: News   Reference: i-079410   Duration: 00:04:57  Lieu: Commission , Lough Erne, Northern Ireland
End production: 17/06/2013   First transmission: 17/06/2013
This year's G8 summit will take place in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland and will be chaired by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. The European Union is a full member of the G8 and is represented by European Commission President Barroso and European Council President Van Rompuy. In Lough Erne the European Union will be fully engaged to find common solutions to the pressing challenges on the agenda, ranging from measures to support the global economy and create jobs, from promoting greater transparency in taxation to foreign and security issues like the fight against terrorism and achieving a political solution to the appalling crisis in Syria. Promoting fairness and sustainable growth, jobs and development will be at the heart of the EU's ambition for this G8 summit under UK with a special focus on the three T's: trade, tax and transparency.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC and Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council 00:00:05
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy (In English) saying that: To our G8 partners we will make clear that as far as Europe is concerned the situation has improved in terms of financial stability and that we are focused on getting Europe out of the economic crisis. The Euro is no longer under existential threat. Financial stability has been restored, deficit has been halved, competitiveness is improving and as a result, exports are picking up. 00:00:30
00:00:40 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:04
00:00:44 SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy (In English) saying that: The EU is convinced that we are at a critical junction. After tens of thousands of that, millions of displaced and refugees, we are in front of a fractured and radicalized Syrian society with a crisis affecting and even threatening the whole region. The recent Russian-US initiative to launch a political process of negotiations based on the Geneva principles of June 2012 constitutes the best and the only possible chance we have to halt this conflict for which there is no military solution. 00:00:42
00:01:26 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:00
00:01:26 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:04
00:01:30 SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy (In English) saying that: At the same time, the EU and its Member States continue to be the major international actor in addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria and in the region. We have now provided up to more than 700 million € in assistance and a recent additional package of 400 million was announced by the Commission on the 6th of June, so we are the largest donors with more than 1 billion euro. Without the prospective of peace the number of refugees would increase to 3.5 million by the end of the year. 00:00:41
00:02:11 SOUNDBITE by Herman Van Rompuy (In English) saying that: I expect from this G8 a positive message for the global economy on growth, jobs creation and fighting unemployment. I expect a strong commitment to promote peace in Syria plunged into a dramatic civil war. I expect a clear message on our global determination to promote transparency and fight tax fraud and tax evasion. And finally, I expect significant progress when it comes to free trade with the TTIP between the EU and US as a trendsetter. 00:00:33
00:02:44 General view of the speakers 00:00:04
00:02:48 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (In English) saying that: We want fairness by further opening trade between free and open economies. Trade is a vital engine for growth, jobs and development. This summit should give an unambiguous signal that it’s worth every effort to deepen our trade relations and strengthen global openness in terms of trade. I am delighted that the European Union, based on a consensus of all Member States, has just agreed a broad mandate to start the negotiations with the United States on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Still today, together with President Obama we will give the go-ahead for the start of negotiations between the United States and the European Union. 00:00:45
00:03:33 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:05
00:03:38 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (In English) saying that: This summit is about fairness in the way taxes are paid by individuals and by companies. Tax evasion and avoidance costs the EU Member States around 1 trillion Euro every year. The global bill is much higher. I expect this G8 Summit to give a powerful signal that we are ready to look for those who do not respect the rules of the game and hold them accountable. And thirdly, we want fairness through greater transparency on land governance, extractive industries, open data. 00:00:34
00:04:12 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
00:04:18 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (In English) saying that: Our bilateral trade agreements are not in contradiction with our multilateral ambitions and certainly do not replace our commitment to the World Trade Organization and the Doha Development Agenda. Indeed, they are a stepping stone towards further liberalising global trade and strengthening the multilateral trading system. We are fully engaged with our partners to conclude a WTO trade deal in Bali in December with trade facilitation at its core, delivering a huge positive impact for developing and least developed countries. 00:00:34
00:04:52 General view of Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:05
00:04:57 End 00:00:00
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