European Council, Brussels, 27-28/06/2013

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The EU Heads of State or Government gathered in Brussels on 27 and 28 June 2013 for a European Council meeting. They agreed on a comprehensive approach to combat youth unemployment, building on the following concrete measures: speeding up and frontloading of the Youth Employment Initiative; speeding up implementation of the Youth Guarantee; increased youth mobility and involvement of the social partners. The European Council also discussed ways to boost investment and improve access to credit. It called for the mobilisation of European resources including that of the EIB; and launched a new "Investment Plan" to support SMEs and boost the financing of the economy. Financial stability is improving, but further actions by the EU and its Member States are needed to put Europe firmly back on the track of sustained growth and jobs. Sound public finances and policies supporting sustainable growth and jobs are mutually reinforcing. At the same time, more determined efforts are required at all levels to carry forward structural reforms and boost competitiveness and employment. In this context, the European Council endorsed country-specific recommendations to guide Member States' policies and budgets, thus concluding the 2013 European semester. The European Council also assessed progress towards the banking union, which is crucial for financial stability and the smooth functioning of the EMU. Finally, the European Council set out the next steps in the reinforcement of the EMU architecture and called for work to continue on all these issues in the run up to the December European Council. The European Council warmly welcomed Croatia as a Member of the European Union as of 1 July 2013. It also congratulated Latvia on fulfilling the convergence criteria of the Treaty, thus allowing it to adopt the euro on 1 January 2014. The European Council endorsed the Council's conclusions and recommendations on enlargement and the stabilisation and association process.

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TIME DESCRIPTION DURATION
10:00:00 Credits and title 00:00:20
10:00:20 1. ARRIVALS 00:13:00
10:00:20 Title 00:00:04
10:00:24 SOUNDBITE by Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, (in DUTCH) saying that the Dutch Government is going to work on a budget for 2014. 00:00:18
10:00:43 Mark Rutte entering the Council building (2 shots) 00:00:06
10:00:49 Arrival of David Cameron, British Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) on the multiannual financial framework (MFF), saying that they must stick to the deal reached in February and protect the British rebate; saying that what that Council should be about is doing in Brussels what they're doing in the UK, that is to say getting control of spending, making sure we live within our means, making ourselves more competitive, getting rid of regulations and making it easier for businesses to create jobs. (3 shots) 00:00:37
10:01:27 Arrival of Mariano Rajoy Brey, Spanish Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:18
10:01:45 Arrival of Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourgish Prime Minister; Minister of State; Minister for the Treasury and President of the Eurogroup SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) saying that Croatia will enrich the EU; Europe would not be complete without Croatia; so we are welcoming Croatia very heartily, also given recent historical events in the Balkans; it is a matter of deep happiness to see Croatia re-entering the European family. (3 shots) 00:00:40
10:02:26 Arrival of François Hollande, President of the French Republic, and SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) saying that France must complete the pension reform, not because it is a request from Europe but because for too long there has been imbalance, injustice that must be corrected; this reform is useful for public finances and necessary for future generations. (5 shots) 00:00:40
10:03:06 Arrival of Robert Fico, Slovak Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:13
10:03:20 Arrival of Petr Nečas, Czech Prime Minister (4 shots) 00:00:17
10:03:37 Arrival of Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank (ECB) (3 shots) 00:00:13
10:03:50 Arrival of Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister (2 shots) 00:00:17
10:04:08 Arrival of José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (4 shots) 00:00:12
10:04:20 Arrival of Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) on a proposal by the President of the European Commission that has been on the table since one year, saying that he does not know what money would be used, if it is from the European budget or not and what it would mean. (2 shots) 00:00:38
10:04:59 Arrival of Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, and SOUNDBITE (in GERMAN) saying that they will first discuss the MFF; she hopes they will reach an agreement; it would be good news to be able to plan measures; then they will debate youth unemployment with social partners; thirdly, they 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 money; if there are binding steps, then we can show solidarity; but first we need to create the conditions for that with improved competitiveness. (4 shots) 00:01:35
10:06:34 SOUNDBITE by Dalia Grybauskaité, President of Lithuania, (in ENGLISH) saying that they will be very concrete on youth unemployment; it is about 6 billion euro in two years; they will go ahead fast with these projects. 00:00:19
10:06:53 Arrival of Alenka Bratušek, Slovenian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:06
10:07:00 Arrival of Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, and SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) saying that this Council will focus on growth and the fight against unemployment; investment, especially in support for small and medium sized enterprises, with the Commission's project for the 2014 budget, is down to 20%; that is a compromise, but it is a start to a considerable improvement of the budgetary structure of the EU. 00:00:36
10:07:37 Arrival of Elio Di Rupo, Belgian Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in FRENCH) saying that fighting against youth unemployment is of course crucial, but it is only a step; we need to go back to prosperity and growth and to fight against unemployment as a whole. 00:00:27
10:08:04 SOUNDBITE by Fredrik Reinfeldt, Swedish Prime Minister, (in ENGLISH) saying that he is satisfied with the negotiations; a discussion with the European Parliament still needs to be carried out; these are very important matters for Sweden because the country doesn't have the euro or the ESM so they need respect for their specific national conditions. 00:00:28
10:08:33 Arrival of Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvian Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) saying that there are quite a few important issues for Latvia on the agenda of this Council, like unemployment and the banking union, but the most important issue for Latvia is the Council conclusions on Latvia's eurozone accession as of 1 January 2014; they hope for very positive Council conclusions and a positive final decision on 9 July at the ECOFIN Council. (3 shots) 00:00:45
10:09:18 Arrival of Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus (3 shots) 00:00:06
10:09:25 SOUNDBITE by Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, (in GERMAN) saying that there is an agreement on the MFF; that is the basis for investments in the Member States and it is necessary for growth and jobs. 00:00:45
10:10:10 Arrival of Pedro Passos Coelho, Portuguese Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:13
10:10:24 Arrival of Antonis Samaras, Greek Prime Minister, and SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) saying that the major challenge we are facing in Europe is unemployment and especially youth unemployment; in countries like Greece, unemployment has really sky-rocketed and that causes problems for the social cohesion of the society; we need to think out of the box, and try and find solutions which include drastic measures that would take place immediately. (3 shots) 00:00:58
10:11:23 Arrival of Plamen Oresharski, Bulgarian Prime Minister (2 shots) 00:00:19
10:11:42 Arrival of Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Danish Prime Minister (2 shots) 00:00:08
10:11:51 Arrival of Joseph Muscat, Maltese Prime Minister 00:00:08
10:11:59 Arrival of Zoran Milanović, Croatian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:19
10:12:19 Arrival of Traian Băsescu, Romanian Prime Minister (2 shots) 00:00:10
10:12:29 Arrival of Donald Tusk, Polish Prime Minister 00:00:12
10:12:41 Arrival of Andrus Ansip, Estonian Prime Minister 00:00:09
10:12:51 Arrival of Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime Minister (3 shots) 00:00:13
10:13:04 Arrival of Enda Kenny, Irish Prime Minister and President in office of the Council of the EU (3 shots) 00:00:15
10:13:20 2. ROUND TABLE 00:02:29
10:13:20 Title 00:00:05
10:13:25 Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, arriving 00:00:06
10:13:31 Andrus Ansip, Donald Tusk and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:04
10:13:36 Angela Merkel 00:00:01
10:13:38 David Cameron 00:00:05
10:13:43 Jean-Claude Juncker, Zoran Milanović and Alenka Bratušek 00:00:06
10:13:49 Helle Thorning-Schmidt 00:00:00
10:13:49 Cutaway of cameraman 00:00:04
10:13:54 Herman van Rompuy 00:00:03
10:13:57 David Cameron 00:00:04
10:14:02 Antonis Samaras 00:00:04
10:14:06 Angela Merkel 00:00:02
10:14:09 Cutaway of cameramen 00:00:01
10:14:11 Angela Merkel 00:00:04
10:14:15 François Hollande and Enrico Letta 00:00:06
10:14:21 Fredrik Reinfeldt, Pedro Passos Coelho and Werner Faymann 00:00:06
10:14:28 François Hollande and David Cameron 00:00:07
10:14:36 Martin Schulz 00:00:05
10:14:41 Mariano Rajoy Brey 00:00:03
10:14:45 José Manuel Barroso and Helle Thorning-Schmidt 00:00:03
10:14:48 Nicos Anastasiades and Herman van Rompuy 00:00:03
10:14:52 Donald Tusk 00:00:03
10:14:55 Joseph Muscat and Robert Fico 00:00:02
10:14:57 Traian Băsescu, Enda Kenny, Fredrik Reinfeldt 00:00:07
10:15:05 Jean-Claude Juncker 00:00:04
10:15:09 Angela Merkel, Enrico Letta and Mark Rutte 00:00:05
10:15:14 François Hollande talking with Elio Di Rupo, and general view of the meeting (2 shots) 00:00:07
10:15:21 José Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy 00:00:04
10:15:26 General view of the meeting 00:00:10
10:15:36 Zoran Milanović and Viktor Orbán 00:00:03
10:15:40 General view of the meeting 00:00:10
10:15:50 3. GROUP PHOTO 00:02:25
10:15:50 Title 00:00:05
10:15:55 Group photo (7 shots) from left to right, in the 1st row: Robert Fico, Jean-Claude Juncker, Enrico Letta, José Manuel Barroso, Nicos Anastasiades, Traian Băsescu, Enda Kenny, Herman van Rompuy, Dalia Grybauskaitė, François Hollande, Martin Schulz, Antonis Samaras, Valdis Dombrovskis, Mark Rutte, and Uwe Corsepius, Secretary General of the Council of the EU; in the 2nd row: Zoran Milanović, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Donald Tusk, Viktor Orbán, Elio Di Rupo, Mariano Rajoy Brey, Fredrik Reinfeldt, Petr Nečas, Alenka Bratušek, Pedro Passos Coelho, Angela Merkel, Jyrki Katainen, Werner Faymann, Plamen Oresharski, Andrus Ansip, David Cameron, and Joseph Muscat. 00:02:20
10:18:16 4. EXTRACTS FROM THE FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE 00:03:43
10:18:16 Title 00:00:05
10:18:21 Herman van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso 00:00:05
10:18:26 SOUNDBITE by Herman van Rompuy (in ENGLISH) saying that we are at a historic moment for the Balkans and for Europe as a whole; not only are we welcoming Croatia as a new Member State, we have also agreed to open accession negotiations with Serbia, and taken a key step in our relations with Kosovo; these last two decisions are an immediate result of the courageous agreement Belgrade and Pristina reached in April 2013; the first intergovernmental conference with Serbia will be held in January 2014 at the very latest; at the same time, the negotiating mandate for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo was adopted. 00:00:47
10:19:13 General view of the press conference 00:00:05
10:19:18 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that he especially welcomes the decision to set a date for the start of negotiations with Serbia; this is indeed historic; we very often use the word historic in an abusive manner, but this is historic; let's not forget what happened not so long ago in that part of Europe with one of the most violent wars we saw and now we will start negotiations with Serbia; at the same time, the EU is opening negotiations for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement with Kosovo; this is also a recognition of the process of dialogue in which the two parties have engaged; this is also a demonstration of the power of attraction the European Union has. 00:00:46
10:20:05 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:20:11 SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission has been pushing full steam ahead on the banking union; there has been an important step forward with the Council's agreement on a common approach to dealing with failing banks without relying on the taxpayer; this has to be finalised by the end of 2013 at the latest, so a full agreement between the Council and Parliament; the European Commission will present its proposal for a Single Resolution Mechanism in the following two weeks; this will ensure effective European decision-making on banks in difficulties within the Single Supervisory Mechanism; this is about making sure that it is the banks who pay for their own mistakes and not the citizens. 00:00:41
10:20:53 Cutaway of a photographer 00:00:05
10:20:58 SOUNDBITE by Enda Kenny (in ENGLISH) saying that it is particularly apt that they have discussed the question of youth unemployment at the last Council meeting of the Irish Presidency; this fits in entirely with the pillars that were set for this Presidency of stability, growth and jobs; what they set out to do from 1 January 2013 was to run a really effective Presidency and to implement the arrangements and the decisions that were made politically at the highest level by the European Council; it is very important that the citizens across the Union see that the decisions made by political leaders are actually followed through and that the commitments made are entered into and seem to happen. 00:00:41
10:21:39 Speakers leaving 00:00:13
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