Presentation of the European Prize for Literature
On Monday evening President Barroso attended the award ceremony for the European Prize for Literature at the Flagey arts centre in Brussels in the presence of Henning Mankell, Ambassador of the Prize, and personalities from the world of culture, literature and politics. The European Prize for Literature aims to spotlight the richness and diversity of Europe’s contemporary literature, to promote the circulation of literature within Europe and to encourage greater interest in literary works from other countries.
Europe comes a step closer to its citizens
On 9 May 2006 in the European Parliament, during the First Joint Parliamentary Meeting on the Future of the Union, President Barroso suggested entering into a substantial political dialogue with national parliaments by offering them an opportunity to give comments, criticism and positive feedback on Commission proposals. Three years later, the dialogue is a clear success: the Commission has received 525 opinions from national parliaments. ‘I am proud of what we have achieved together,’ declared President Barroso. ‘The political dialogue both contributes to raising awareness on European issues in national parliaments and to giving the Commission a better view of the national political landscapes. This brings Europe a step closer to its citizens’.
The huge potential of the G20 needs implementation
During his joint press conference with prime minister Reinfeldt before the G20 summit, president Barroso called for global rules based on universal values and reflecting the reality of economic interdependence. Considering that the G20 is making a huge difference in tackling this crisis through a good level of coordination, he recalled that the EU has supported the process from the beginning. He also underlined the importance Europe gives to the principle of a Charter for Sustainable Economic Activity - "it is a way of providing the economic and ethical basis for global governance" - and explained why it is important to take specific action to rein in exorbitant bonuses "in terms of ethical principle and also for the legitimacy of our financial systems and the way they are seen by our citizens." Nevertheless, president Barroso warned that "the G20 is not just a talking shop. Afterwards we need to implement what we have agreed."
Europe has a lot to offer to shape globalisation
"The crisis that we face is not just an economic crisis. It is a crisis for the values of our societies." President Barroso says as an introduction to an article published in many newspapers around the world before the G20. He also considers that the G20 provides an opportunity to shape globalisation or "the chance to develop a sustainable model to replace the one brought to its knees by the failure of financial markets." In this context, he believes that Europe has a lot to offer as we develop this new global architecture. "We have been a laboratory for cross-border supranational cooperation for 60 years. The European model of society strives to surpass the destructive dichotomy of unregulated markets or over-powerful states."
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European measures to enhance financial supervision
On the eve of the opening of the G20 summit in the United States, the European Commission under the presidency of José Manuel Barroso has adopted legislative provisions aiming to reinforce financial stability throughout the EU, to ensure that the same basic technical rules are applied and enforced consistently, to identify risks in the system at an early stage, and to be able to act together far more effectively in emergency situations and in resolving disagreements among supervisors. ‘Financial markets are European and global, not only national. Their supervision must also be European and global. Today we are proposing a new European supervisory system, which has the political backing of the Member States and is based on the de Larosière report. Our aim is to protect European taxpayers from a repeat of the dark days of autumn 2008, when governments had to pour billions of euro into the banks’, said the President.
New five-year term for President Barroso
By a large majority, the European Parliament has re-elected José Manuel Barroso as President of the European Commission for a new five-year term. Visibly moved, President Barroso thanked MEPs 'very sincerely' for the confidence shown in him. He was also keen to thank the members of the European People’s Party for being the first to support his programme, as well as Portugal, his home country, which supported his candidacy for the post of President of the EC. Interpreting the vote as 'an acceptance of the ambitious programme for a Europe of freedom and solidarity' put forward recently, he restated his 'determination' to work closely with MEPs 'to build an even stronger Parliamentary democracy'.