Extracts from the press conference by Antonio Tajani, on the annual report on the competitiveness of EU industry

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-081807   Duration: 10:04:07  Lieu:
End production: 25/09/2013   First transmission: 25/09/2013
On 25 September 2013, Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, gave a press conference on the annual report on the competitiveness of EU industry as well as the annual report on Member States' competitiveness performance and policies, which includes the updated industrial performance scoreboard.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels. 00:00:05
10:00:10 Arrival of Antonio Tajani, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship, at the press conference 00:00:11
10:00:21 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that today they are presenting two reports: the first on Member States’ industrial competitiveness; the second on the competitiveness of European industry. Both reports show a mixed picture. Despite some timid signs of recovery, the EU has not yet shrugged off the crisis. While manufacturing has grown for the second month running – also thanks to positive export figures – the industrial base continues to shrink, from 15.5% last year to the current 15.1%. 00:00:53
10:01:15 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
10:01:22 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that employment situation is dire, with half of all young people unable to find work in Greece, Portugal, Spain and southern Italy.To reverse this trend, a much more robust recovery is needed. Unlike the United States, the EU is still a long way from its pre-crisis levels. 00:00:19
10:01:41 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
10:01:49 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that their reports show that the root of the crisis is the growing competitiveness gap between European economies. Despite purposeful action by the Commission under Europe 2020 to relaunch competitiveness and reforms in many Member States, there are still major structural imbalances. 00:00:22
10:02:11 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
10:02:18 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that the first report on industrial competitiveness in the EU Member States identifies four groups: Highly competitive countries (Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria and Luxembourg); Countries whose competitiveness is higher than the EU average on most of indicators, but which still need reforms (Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Finland, France and Spain); Countries with an average-to-low level of competitiveness, which are more or less treading water (Italy, Cyprus, Portugal, Slovenia, Malta and Greece); Countries with a low level of competitiveness, but which are making progress (Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria). 00:01:23
10:03:42 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:03:48 Soundbite by Antonio Tajani (in ITALIAN) saying that the second report on the competitiveness of European industry shows an overall improvement in the business climate and environmental sustainability, as well as a trade surplus of EUR 365 billion. 00:00:19
10:04:07 Departure of Antonio Tajani 00:00:06
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