Informal meeting of the Ministers of European affairs, Milan:
Extracts from the press conference by Sandro GOZI, Italian State Secretary for European Affairs, and Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ
Lieu: Council , Milan, Italy
End production: 29/08/2014 First transmission: 29/08/2014
On Friday the 29th of August, the 28 Ministers of European affairs met in Milan for an informal meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Arrival and photo of the speakers
||Soundbite (In ITALIAN) by Sandro Gozi, Italian State Secretary for European Affairs: We've talked about growth, competitiveness, fighting unemployment, how we can improve the council configuration in particular to achieve all these targets. We think in particular of looking at the competitiveness council which is the forum where we should be discussing real policy and the real economy, trying to break down the barriers which weaken Europe simply because we don't have enough policy coherence to implement the decisions of our leaders.
||Soundbite (In ITALIAN) by Sandro Gozi: Mario Draghi, the President of the ECB has enlighten the issue of governance, we certainly think that governance needs to be rethought and we have to make sure that policy and politics take priority and take precedent; the working methods and instruments have to adapt to new policies and new targets and it is not the politics and the policies that have to adapt to existing structures. Europe needs a re-launch and particularly in terms of how important it is that policy takes precedent over a structure in the way thing works.
||Soundbite (In ENGLISH) by Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration: The debate focused more or less on 2 problems: How much we can improve the institutional set ups so there are no problems nor barriers and how this process can be smother; and of course the second issue was how much of the delays caused by the lack of political will and how the ministers for Europe can help within their own government to speed up the process to help to look for the necessary compromises which sometimes are difficult when we see that some of the council formations are stuck and cannot produce the results which the leaders and especially the citizens are expecting.
||Soundbite (In ENGLISH) by Maroš Šefčovič: Other thing that will be important for the new commission which is being formed right now will be to work with the 2 key documents of priorities, the first one is strategic agenda which was approved by the heads of states and governments in June and it will be also the political guidelines which is presented by the President elect Jean-Claude Juncker to the European Parliament plenary in July; there are 10 priorities which are focused exactly on what Sandro was referring to: how to get Europe back to growth? How to get the people to work? How to help the young people to start their carriers and their working lives? And how to finally get Europe out of the crisis and growing again.
||Speakers leaving the press room