European Council: all arrivals

Type: News   Reference: i-079651   Duration: 00:13:03  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council
End production: 27/06/2013   First transmission: 27/06/2013
On 27 June, Heads of States and Governments are gathering for the European Council meeting in Brussels. Combating youth unemployment will be at the top of the EU leaders' agenda. The number of young people who are unemployed or not in education has reached worryingly high levels in Europe. Heads of state and government will discuss how to address this issue, in particular the Youth Guarantee and instruments to support youth employment. Another key issue on which leaders are expected to send a strong signal is access to financing. In the present economic context it is crucial to restore normal lending to the economy and facilitate financing of investment, in particular for small and medium-sized enterprises. The leaders are also expected to endorse the country-specific recommendations. The recommendations will feed into member states’ decisions on national budgets, structural reforms and social policies. The endorsement will conclude the yearly cycle of member states' economic policy coordination, called the European Semester. Leaders will take stock of work on the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union and discuss measures to support it. They will also touch upon enlargement, the area of freedom, security and justice, and the EU’s relations with its strategic partners.

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00:00:05 SOUNDBITE (in Dutch) Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, saying that: About budget cuts: one of the social partners (VNO-NCW, organisation for employers) has objected to budget cuts as this will impede economic growth. The Dutch cabinet is aware of the pain that budget cuts cause in the Netherlands, but determined to practice what they preach and solve the country's own problems. Budget cuts now in order to avoid bigger budget cuts in the future. Opposition in Parliament was very constructive during debate yesterday on country specific recommendations for NL. In the coming weeks, NL work on budget for 2014. NL accepts country specific recommendations. Regarding the proposal of the employers' organisation to sell banks like ABN Amro and SNS Reaal, Rutte says the government will not sell the family silver. More structural reforms are needed, for example to free up money for consumers via pension reforms. 00:00:24
00:00:29 SOUNDBITE (in English) David Cameron, British Prime Minister: On the MFF, we must stick to the deal reached in February and protect the British rebate. What we must do in Brussels is what we do in the UK – control spending, live within our means, make ourselves more competitive and make it easier for businesses to create jobs. 00:00:38
00:01:07 Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister 00:00:18
00:01:25 Jean-Claude Juncker, Prime Minister of Luxembourg 00:00:13
00:01:38 SOUNDBITE (in English) Jean-Claude Juncker: Croatia will enrich the EU, Europe would not be complete without Croatia, we welcome Croatia also given recent historical events in the Balkans. It is a matter of happiness to see Croatia enter the European family. 00:00:29
00:02:07 François Hollande, President of France 00:00:11
00:02:18 SOUNDBITE (in Dutch) François Hollande: France must do the pension reform not because Europe demands, but because the system is not just and we must correct it. This is good for our public finance and it is necessary for the next generation. 00:00:29
00:02:47 Robert Fico, Slovakian Prime Minister 00:00:13
00:03:00 Petr Necas, Czech Prime Minister 00:00:17
00:03:17 Mario Draghi, ECB President 00:00:14
00:03:31 Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister, Italian Prime Minister 00:00:17
00:03:48 José Manuel Barroso, EC President 00:00:13
00:04:01 Jyrki Katainen, Finnish President 00:00:08
00:04:09 SOUNDBITE (in English) Jyrki Katainen: It depends what does it matter because I do not have a picture what it would mean and what money would be used, it is from the European budget or what would it mean, it has been on the table since the Commission President has proposed it last year. it is very difficult to say anything. 00:00:31
00:04:40 SOUNDBITE (in German) Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor:Today we will first discuss about MFF. I hope for an agreement today, it would be good news for being able to plan measures. Then we will debate on youth unemployment with social partners. Third, we will discuss how to develop the economic and monetary union, through government budgets, more common policies on banks and more economic policy coordination. Germany and France have made proposals, it is about improving our competitiveness with a view on global competition. It is not about throwing in more pots of money. If there are binding steps, then we can show solidarity. But first we need to create the conditions for that with improved competitiveness. 00:01:33
00:06:13 SOUNDBITE (in English) Dalia Grybauskaité, Lithuanian President: We will be very concrete on youth unemployment and of course in one day it is not possible to have a solution but 6 billions euros will be found in two years, we'll go ahead fast with these projects 00:00:21
00:06:34 Alenka Bratusek, Slovenian Prime Minister 00:00:06
00:06:40 Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament 00:00:05
00:06:45 SOUNDBITE (in French) Martin Schulz: A budget agreement is a good progress, because it guarantees that the whole sum will not fall under 908 billion, the European Parliament wants to guarantee that these 908 billion will be available. Today we have a meeting on growth and supporting SMEs, which according to the project of the Commission for 2014 has fallen by 20%. It is a compromise but a beginning for the budget structure of the EU. 00:00:32
00:07:17 Elio Di Rupo, Belgian Prime Minister 00:00:10
00:07:27 SOUNDBITE (in French) Elio Di Rupo: We also have to fight unemployment for young people and for everyone and find prosperity again. 00:00:19
00:07:46 SOUNDBITE (in English) Frederik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister: I am satisfied with last night's negotiations, though we still need a discussion with the EP. These are very important matters for Sweden cause we don't have the Euro or the ESM so we need respect for our specific national conditions and I think they stroke this balance last night. 00:00:28
00:08:14 SOUNDBITE (in English) Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister: Today's Summit there are quite a few important issues for Latvia on the agenda of this summit, issues like unemployment and the banking union. But the most important issue for Latvia is our Eurozone accession on 1st January 2014, so we hope a very positive Council conclusions and for a positive final decision in July 9 in ECOFIN. 00:00:45
00:08:59 Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus 00:00:06
00:09:05 SOUNDBITE (in German) Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor: On the positive side, we have an agreement on MFF. This is the basis for investments in the member states, we need them for growth and jobs. We need 6 billion for a youth training guarantee and would need this budget annually. Now it's for available for two years and it will give us the possibility to do more in the future. 00:00:56
00:10:01 Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister 00:00:09
00:10:10 SOUNDBITE (in English) Antonio Samaras Greek Prime Minister: The major challenge that we are facing in Europe is unemployment and specially youth unemployment and countries like Greece have incredible problems for the social cohesion of the society because unemployment in countries like mine is really skyrocketed so what we need to do these days here is to try to find solutions and above all those solutions should have drastic measures that would take place immediately, that is the most important thing. 00:00:53
00:11:03 Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Prime Minister 00:00:20
00:11:23 Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister 00:00:08
00:11:31 Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister 00:00:09
00:11:40 Zoran Milanovic, Croatian Prime Minister 00:00:20
00:12:00 Traian Basescu, Romanian Prime Minister 00:00:11
00:12:11 Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister 00:00:12
00:12:23 Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister 00:00:09
00:12:32 Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister 00:00:14
00:12:46 Enda Kenny, The Taoiseach, Irish Prime Minister 00:00:17
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