Statement by José Manuel Barroso on the alleged surveillance of EU premises by the US authorities
Strasbourg - EP/Louise Weiss
On 2 July 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, gave a statement at European Parliament (EP) plenary session in Strasbourg on the allegations that EU premises have been under surveillance.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): Before entering into the subject of debate of today, there is an issue of critical importance that I would like to raise immediately as this is the first opportunity that I have to do so in front of this house. It concerns the news of the last days of American activities in the European Union and Member States. If these news are proven true, this would be very disturbing and raise serious and very important concerns. This is why as soon as media reports were released, we have immediately requested from the US a full and immediate clarification of the matter. The High Representative Catherine Ashton wears the competence in this matter and our services have raised this issue with the United States. She has discussed it personally with Secretary of State Kerry and yesterday the Executive Secretary General of the External Action Service, Pierre Vimont requested the US Ambassador to the EU to meet with him at the European External Action Service (EEAS) headquarter. The Commission will also address this issue in the context of the working group of expert that has being set up by Vice President Reding and Commissioner Malmström together with the Council Presidency from the European Union side and with US Attorney General Holder from the US side to exchange information on intelligence collection of information and get clarity notably on the 'Prism' program. The Commission expects clarity and transparency from partners and allies and this is what we expect from our United States partners.