Highlights of Open days 2013 and 103rd Plenary Session of the Committee of the Regions, 1st day

Type: Report   Reference: I-082233   Duration: 10:02:28  Lieu:
End production: 07/10/2013   First transmission: 07/10/2013
On 7 October 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, and Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy, participated in the Open Days 2013, 11th European Week of Regions and Cities with Ramón Luis Valcárcel Siso, President of the Regional Government of Murcia and President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR).

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior views of the Committee of the Regions in Brussels (3 shots) 00:00:10
10:00:15 Registrations of the participants (5 shots) 00:00:15
10:00:30 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:00:35 Soundbite by Ramón Luis Valcárcel, President of the CoR (in SPANISH) saying that Regional and local authorities cannot be held responsible for not fulfilling macroeconomic conditionality and be punished because of this. This must not be the case. Saying that they reject wholeheartedly this requirement and for this reason he is announcing that the Committee of the Regions is considering the possibility of taking the case to the European Court of Justice. 00:00:26
10:01:02 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:01:06 Soundbite by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of Regional Policy (in ENGLISH): In many countries we have achieved a certain level of infrastructure which allows to move towards other areas, and I think not only but also due to the crisis I think our strong interest should be to stimulate, to motivate, to support the SMEs and the economy. 00:00:24
10:01:31 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:07
10:01:38 Soundbite by Johannes Hahn (in ENGLISH): It is good to have highways. It is also good to have goods being transported on highways. So if there is no economy, it doesn't make sense to have attractive motorways. In that respect I think we should have both. One thing we have widely, but the other thing has to be strongly supported. 00:00:19
10:01:58 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:06
10:02:04 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in ENGLISH): I think it is very important those that are the leaders of Europe, at national or regional level, have the courage to stand for Europe, explain what we are doing together. Criticise of course what they want to criticise but to have a positive message for Europe. If not, of course, we are going to give the initiative to those who don't like our projects of Europe. 00:00:23
10:02:28 Cutaways of the audience (6 shots) 00:00:22
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