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Q&A session in the European Parliament for the president

15/12/2009

José Manuel Barroso © EC The future "EU 2020" economic strategy was at the core of the last "hour of questions for the president", held yesterday in Strasbourg. The rules of the game were half an hour of free questioning and half an hour of questions on the chosen topic of the day. "We have not only to find new sources of growth but also to identify what went wrong with the previous model of growth", stated president Barroso. The challenge for the new model which is to succeed the Lisbon Strategy is to achieve "full ownership" by all the players, from the member states to the European Parliament. The MEPs also questioned the president about climate change and the current economic situation in Greece. According to the rules, MEPS had a minute to ask their questions and Mr Barroso had one minute to answer.

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We are setting the standard

08/12/2009

Europe has started the ball rolling by implementing strict legislation, President Barroso reminded us in an interview for the French radio station Europe 1 broadcast in audiovisual format the day after the opening of the Copenhagen Summit. He also explained what he sees as the key to success: ‘We need to have concrete figures for the limitation of greenhouse gases which are in line with scientific data, i.e. a maximum temperature increase of 2°C, and funding schemes to help developing countries, in particular the poorest, to adapt and work towards reducing the gases.’

 

Lisbon Treaty makes Europe more operational

04/12/2009

Health, energy, combating climate change. President Barroso explained, in an interview given to Euronews, that the European Union can now do even more in these fields which are so important to its citizens. With the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, regulations will henceforth be passed with a majority rather than a unanimous vote, thus making Europe more operational. Improving operational efficiency is also the task falling to Catherine Ashton, who has been appointed High Representative of the Union and Vice-President of the Commission. A ‘sort of Foreign Minister’ in practice, according to the President, since she will be speaking for Europe on foreign policy issues whilst being at the same time Vice-President of the Commission and a member of the Foreign Affairs Council where she will chair meetings with foreign ministers.

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Q&A session in the European Parliament for the president

24/11/2009

Nine of the 27 candidates to be the European Union's new commissioners are women, the commission president announced Tuesday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg during the second session of the Commission president question time. The rules of the game were half an hour of free questioning and half an hour of questions on the chosen topic of the day – this time the decisions on top EU jobs taken at the 19 November summit. MEPs had a minute to ask their questions, Mr Barroso one minute to answer.

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Hunger in the world: a scourge to be eliminated

16/11/2009

‘Even the best and most modern financial policies will be in vain if the governments of developed countries do not meet their commitments by making available budgets and by making high-quality investments in agriculture at global level,’ declared President Barroso in a panel discussion published in various media prior to the World Summit on Food Security at which he will speak personally this afternoon in Rome. ‘We are now all faced with a setback in combating global hunger,’ he continued, ‘given that more than one billion people in the world still do not have enough food to satisfy their basic daily nutritional requirements, and the situation is getting worse in developing countries.’

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Limiting bonus capping: a question of ethics

20/09/2009

José Manuel Barroso © EC Before heading for New York and then Pittsburgh for two critical dates, President Barroso agreed to participate in ‘Internationales’, the politics show on French-language television channel TV5, produced in partnership with Radio RFI and Le Monde newspaper. When asked about the burning issue of bonus capping, he said that even if the Americans did not follow, Europe should take the lead. ‘It’s a question of legitimacy; I am in favour of freedom of financial markets, but freedom also calls for rules […] What is happening is so outrageous, it is really an ethical problem and I think that on this subject, if necessary, we will have to go it alone’. However, President Barroso refrained from making any predictions four days before the opening of the G20.

Barroso, sole candidate

The split in the socialist family

Bonus capping

The abandonment of the American anti-missile shield

Climate change negotiations

Barroso 2

Relations between the Commission and the Council in the context of the Lisbon Treaty

Enlargement or deepening

 

Barely re-elected, the President faces major challenges

17/09/2009

José Manuel Barroso © EC In the middle of a busy week which included his re-election by MEPs, an informal meeting of the heads of state and government, and a visit to Ireland, President Barroso answered questions from the Belgian television channel Kanaal Z. The interview, which lasted more than 13 minutes, focuses in particular on compliance with European competition rules in the Opel case, Ireland’s possible rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, and the relationship between José Manuel Barroso and Guy Verhofstadt, the new leader of the Liberal group in the European Parliament.

Election for a second term

Compliance with the rules on competition

The Lisbon Treaty

The relationship with Guy Verhofstadt

The fight against unemployment and the popularity of the EU