General Affairs Council:
Extracts from the arrivals and doorsteps
Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - Council / Justus Lipsius
End production: 30/09/2013 First transmission: 30/09/2013
On the 30th of September, the General Affairs Council Council will address the EU's cohesion policy package for 2014-2020 in the light of the development of the recent trilogue discussions between the presidency, the European
Parliament and the Commission. It will take note of the draft annotated agenda of the European Council meeting on 24-25 October.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Leonard Orban, Romanian Minister for European Affairs
||Íñigo Méndez De Vigo Y Montojo, Spanish State Secretary for European Affairs
||David Lidington, UK Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
||Dimitris Kourkoulas, Greek Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
||SOUNDBITE by Didier Reynders, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign, External Trade and European Affairs (InFRENCH) saying that: I hope that we'll move forward, anyway we'll support the initiative on the table and now we'll see the reactions from the different partners.
Question about Cohesion Policy
I saw that there is a budget problem in the European Commission to concrete the payments. I hope that we'll solve this situation, it is a debate with the European parliament and I hope that the Europe will have not a excesive deficit procedure
||Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy
||SOUNDBITE by Alexander Stubb, Finnish Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade (In ENGLISH) saying that: I hope that we'll find a solution and I think it is specially important that we get something on macroeconomic conditionality because is one of the fundamentals I think if we want to be a Union which is based on the rule of law.
Question of a journalist about having more money to add other countries.
I think that cohesion policy is for within the EU and the cohesion has been decided in the Multiannual framework and I do not see increase in cohesion policy I see stabilisation in cohesion policy.
||Louis Grech, Maltese Deputy Prime Minister of Malta and Minister of European Affairs
||Thierry Repentin, French Minister for European Affairs