Statement by José Manuel Barroso following his meeting with the EP Conference of Presidents
Brussels - EP
On 3 October 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, made a statement after his meeting with the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament on their priorities until the end of the mandate of the EP.
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||SOUNDBITE by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that he had a very good discussion with the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament on their priorities until the end of the mandate of this Parliament; he has highlighted what he believes is the most urgent: the need to complete the banking union; it is essential for credibility in the euro area and also for the whole European economy; another important point is the need to conclude the work on the future budget because there is a political agreement but there isn't yet the legislation that enables the EC to start with the programmes up and running on the ground and there is great urgency on that because he would like these programmes on the ground by 1 January 2014; this is critically important for the regions of Europe, the most vulnerable countries, which need these structural funds for investments, and in many other areas, for students, for farmers, for researchers; saying that he has also highlighted other priorities like the importance of the telecoms package, the digital economy, and many others; so there will be a lot of work until May 2014 and the European elections; then he hopes that together, Commission and Parliament, will be able to stand in front of their electors and say, look, this is what we have done and this is our plans for the future.