Visit of Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Governor of California and Founding Chair of the organisation "R20 Regions of Climate Action", to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 24 June 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received the visit of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former Governor of California and Founding Chair of the "R20 Regions of Climate Action", in the margins of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2013, at the European Commission in Brussels.
On this occasion, they held a joint press briefing and discussed climate protection, global energy goals, and more particularly about what can be done by the sub-national level, by regions and by mayors all over the world.
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, Belgium
||Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Former Governor of California and Founding Chair of the "R20 Regions of Climate Action", to the joint press briefing at the European Commission
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I think it is an important sign that you, Governor, come here to Brussels to share your passion and your commitment. You have been a fighter on the screens too long. You are a fighter in the real world, too. A fighter for a sustainable energy and for the climate future of our planet.
||Cutaway of cameramen
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): Creating the conditions for a sustainable economy, with new job opportunities, new growth opportunities and higher competitiveness - in which climate change is kept at bay, renewable energy is increased and less energy is used. This is at the heart of European policies. It is also at the heart of our strategy Europe 2020. In today's meeting, we reinforced this common vision to respond to the concerns of citizens. People around the globe expect us to act; those affected by the floods in many parts of Europe and Asia; those suffering from drought and forest fires around the world; those being hit by tornadoes and floods in the United States. Governor Schwarzenegger and I believe that we must not leave these people alone. And that we can take our fate in our hands for the sake of our own and our children's future on this planet and for the sake of a sustainable and growing economy.
||Cutaways of photographers (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Arnold Schwarzenegger (in ENGLISH): The whole world is waiting for an international Kyoto II treaty with common goals towards a sustainable energy future. There are a lot of challenges to get this treaty done, even tough there is great progress being made. We, the sub-national governments, mayors, governors, leaders of states or provinces have tremendous power. As Governor of the State of California, I did not wait for Washington or any international treaty to move forward very aggressively and pass great laws that became an inspiration to other states and other countries all over the world. This is why I created the R20 which is specifically for sub-national governments. I am very happy that we are signing an agreement to work together with the European Union in order to create a sustainable energy future.
||General view of the press briefing with José Manuel Barroso and Arnold Schwarzenegger
||Departure of José Manuel Barroso and Arnold Schwarzenegger (2 shots)