Interview with the Die Welt on the Treaty change
Ahead of the European Council on 9 December, President Barroso gave an interview to Die Welt in which he set out his expectations for the summit and on the issue of Treaty change. He reiterated that the European Commission is in favour of amending the Treaties if it is for more integration and discipline beyond what has already been agreed or proposed. "Important for me is a new fiscal pact," he said. He also stressed how much the Commission is doing in terms of fiscal discipline and structural reform and emphasised its comprehensive approach. On Stability Bonds he reiterated what the recently published green paper is about and said: "Only when this fiscal irresponsibility is not possible any more, eurobonds can be a natural and advantageous means for the euro area." President Barroso also expressed his appreciation for the German-French duo saying that it would be problematic if there were fundamental differences between the two. "I have no problem with their initiatives and really welcome that they meet… Partnership is indispensable, but not sufficient."
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Live YouTube/Euronews Interview with President Barroso
"I will ask all G20 leaders to support a global financial transaction tax, part of which could go to the poorest people in the world"
As part of the YouTube World View series of interviews with world leaders President Barroso participated today in a live Interview, broadcasted in 11 languages. Economic issues dominated the top questions. The most popular question was about what went wrong in Greece and how to boost the Greek economy. President Barroso answered that "One country – like one family or like one company – can not live long time above its means. And Greece was doing precisely that." He also underlined that in the future there will be more integration of national budget and economic plans and also sanctions for those who do not comply with the rules. The President once again reiterated that we need a financial transaction tax so banks make a fair contribution to the costs of crisis and indicated that revenue from the tax could be used to fund development aid. The interview was live transmitted on http://www.youtube.com/worldview, Europe by Satellite and Euronews TV
Televised TSR interview on Libya and nuclear energy
In a television news interview for Télévision Suisse Romande (TSR), President Barroso reaffirmed that in relation to Libya, the problem was Colonel Gaddafi, and restated the unanimous position of the EU Member States on the need for his departure from power. On nuclear energy in Europe, the President emphasised that the stress tests aim to guarantee the highest possible safety levels, although he stated that the decision to use nuclear energy remained a national decision.
Interview with the KURIER
In an interview with the Austrian KURIER, President Barroso stressed the importance of reassessing the safety of nuclear power plants in a coordinated way after the incident in Japan, and that this is the most effective way to improve the situation as well as the right signal for citizens. He also argued that the choice of energy is a national competence, implying that a EU citizens' initiative on the use of nuclear power would not be in line with the Treaty. He expressed appreciation for the specificity and traditions of Austrian agriculture, and explained that the Commission will table its proposals for a new financial framework after 2013 at the end of June 2011.
Interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung on Economic Governance
In an interview with the Stuttgarter Zeitung, President Barroso underlined that the Commission's proposal to increase the lending capacity and widen the scope of activity of the EFSF is "embedded in a comprehensive programme of fiscal consolidation and structural reform to guarantee stability and discipline." He stressed: "I have no hidden agenda! There is no common liability for public debt. We do not want a transfer union and we don't have one. What we have is a system of loans and loan guarantees that leads to stability in the interest of all."