Extracts from the EC Midday press briefing by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Spokesperson of the EC, on alleged surveillance of EU premises by the US authorities

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-080210   Duration: 10:02:29  Lieu:
End production: 01/07/2013   First transmission: 01/07/2013
On 1 July 2013, Pia Ahrenkilde, Spokesperson of the EC, made a statement on alleged surveillance of EU premises by the US authorities.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 View of the audience in the press room 00:00:05
10:00:10 SOUNDBITE by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, Spokesperson of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that the statement she is going to make is on behalf on the European Commission reacting to the press report on the alleged surveillance of EU premises: These are disturbing news if proven true; they demand full clarification; As soon as the media reports about alleged spying and eavesdropping on EU premises and delegations were made known, the Commission asked the European External Action Service to immediately raise the matter with the US authorities in Washington DC and in Brussels to verify the veracity of these reports; Baroness Ashton, High Representative and Vice-President of the Commission, who has competence on these issues as they concern external relations matters relevant for both the EU institutions and its Member States, issued a statement already yesterday, and has since spoken to Secretary of State Kerry directly. 00:01:12
10:01:23 Cutaway of cameraman 00:00:08
10:01:32 SOUNDBITE by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen (in ENGLISH) saying that the EU is now expecting to hear from the US authorities; clarity and transparency is what the EU expects from its partners and allies and that is what is expected form the US. 00:00:18
10:01:50 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
10:01:57 SOUNDBITE by Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen (in ENGLISH) saying that sensitive Commission premises are regularly swept and communication networks are checked against spying and eavesdropping; in light of these allegations, President Barroso has instructed the competent Commission services to proceed to a comprehensive ad-hoc security sweep and check. 00:00:31
10:02:29 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
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