Statements of the Council and the Commission on the data protection

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00:00:00 Projection d'une vidéo sur la problématique (12:56:52)Joe Borg, membre de la CE chargé de la Pêche et des Affaires maritimes, (en ANGLAIS) disant que les rejets réduisent la productivité future des mers, peuvent affecter d'autres organismes marin, ébranlent la durabilité biologique et économique des pêcheries et peuvent aussi avoir un impact sur l'environnement au sens plus large et sur la conservation de la biodiversité; disant que des mesures sont déjà en place afin de minimiser les prises accessoires; disant que plutôt que d'étendre l'application des mesures existantes, la CE veut développer un système de gestion qui se fonde sur les résultats; disant que ce système serait défini en termes de prises accessoires maximales acceptées, combinées avec une obligation de débarquer toutes les prises; disant que cela devrait encourager les pêcheurs à trouver les solutions techniques les plus appropriées pour réduire les prises accessoires; disant que des mesures complémentaires pourraient être envisagées, comme procéder à des clôtures temporaires de régions où il y a des juvéniles rassemblés; disant que la communication de la CE a été publiée afin de consulter les parties intéressées sur la meilleure manière de procéder afin d'éliminer les rejets dans les pêcheries européennes; disant qu'il faudra trouver la forme des systèmes de gestion; disant que la CE va aussi se pencher sur les effets d'une interdiction des rejets sur les quotas alloués aux Etats membres; disant que l'objectif est de proposer les premières règlementations dès 2008; disant que l'industrie est déjà impliquée et soutient les efforts pour essayer de trouver le moyen de réduire les prises accessoires.Questions des journalistes (13:05:32) 00:40:26
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00:00:00 Statement of Ainhoa de Federico, former Erasmus student and now a sociology teacher at the University of Lille1, expert in friendship relations between Erasmus students, (in SPANISH) "In the Universities the ERASMUS students constitute a kind of embryo of small European societies in which many international friendships are developed with people from other countries. Those friendships serve as a melting pot for much personal development, such as codes of behaviour, in different societies. They learn the history and culture of the different countries." 00:00:32
00:00:00 Paula Lehtomäki, ministre finlandaise du Commerce extérieur et du Développement et présidente en exercice du Conseil, (en ANGLAIS) disant que le 3e Conseil de stabilisation et d'association UE/ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine a été très fructueux; sur l'engagement de l'UE envers l'agenda fixé à Thessalonique; disant que l'ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine a maintenant le statut de pays candidat; disant que l'ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine a fait des progrès dans le cadre du processus de stabilisation et d'associationAntonio Milošoski, ministre des Affaires étrangères de l'ancienne République yougoslave de Macédoine, (en ANGLAIS) disant que son gouvernement est très engagé et veut avancer des résultats concrets en 2007; sur la facilitation des visasQuestions des journalistes (21:19:01) 00:13:03
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00:00:00 Dimitrij Rupel, ministre slovène des Affaires étrangères et président en exercice du Conseil, disant (en SLOVENE) que la présidence slovène a l'intention de travailler dans la transparence et remercie la présidence portugaise pour son travail; que certains temps forts sont déjà au programme: la ratification du Traité de Lisbonne, le sommet UE/Afrique; que le slogan de la présidence Slovéne est: "Si.Nergie pour l'Europe"; que les points suivants seront au coeur des débats: la stratégie de Lisbonne, le paquet "Energie-climat", le sommet UE/Amérique latine au Pérou et la politique européenne de voisinage (Méditerranée, Caucase); que la Slovénie sera très attentive à la situation des Balkans occidentaux et du Kosovo et veillera au suivi de l'intégration à l'UE de la Serbie et du Monténégro; revient sur l'historique de la situation au Kosovo; que l'UE et le Kosovo doivent se mettre d'accord sur les choses à entreprendre ensemble; que le dialogue interculturel sera au coeur des discussions; que la Slovénie souhaite s'établir comme un pays de dialogue ouvert, de tolérance et d'amitié avec ses voisins, et résolument tourné vers l'Europe.Questions des journalistes (11:38:48:00) 01:12:21
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00:00:00 Angela Merkel, chancelière fédérale allemande, (en ALLEMAND) remerciant la présidence autrichienne; sur l'entrée dans l'eurozone de la Slovénie mais pas de la Lituanie qui ne remplit pas encore tous les critères; sur le débat sur l'avenir de la Constitution européenne; sur l'Europe des citoyens; sur la réunion informelle des chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement qui se tiendra à Berlin en mars 2007 à l'occasion du 50e anniversaire des Traités de Rome; sur la politique d'immigrationFrank-Walter Steinmeier, ministre fédéral allemand des Affaires étrangères, (en ALLEMAND) sur l'Iran; sur la Palestine; sur le débat sur la Constitution européenneQuestions des journalistes (13:30:26) 00:30:39
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00:00:00 Josef Pröll, ministre fédéral autrichien de l'Agriculture et des Forêts, de l'Environnement et de la Gestion de l'eau et président en exercice du Conseil, (en ALLEMAND) sur les points traités: REACH, Life+, la directive sur la gestion des inondations, la qualité de l'air, OGM; sur la directive sur la gestion des inondations qui a recueilli un accord unanime; sur les 3 étapes définies: identification des zones à risque, élaboration de cartes détaillées et élaboration commune de plans de gestion des risques d'ici 2015; sur le recyclage des déchets; sur la stratégie thématique pour l'environnement urbain; sur les OGMStavros Dimas, membre de la CE chargé de l’Environnement, (en ANGLAIS) se réjouissant des progrès rapides sur la directive inondations; sur la qualité de l'airQuestions des journalistes (13:35:25) 00:39:09
00:00:00 Olli Rehn, membre de la CE chargé de l'Elargissement, (en ANGLAIS) sur la politique de conditionnalité qui est au coeur du processus d'élargissement; disant que les pays des Balkans sont sur la bonne voie et ont une économie florissante; disant que la CE veut aider la Bosnie-Herzégovine et la soutient dans ses réformesAdnan Terzić, Premier ministre de la Bosnie-Herzégovine, (en BOSNIAQUE traduit en ANGLAIS) disant qu'ils ont eu une réunion fructueuse sur le processus de réformes; sur l'adhésion de la Bosnie-Herzégovine à l'UEQuestions des journalistes (18:04:05) 00:18:02
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00:00:00 Jean-Claude Juncker, Premier ministre et ministre des Finances luxembourgeois et président de l'Eurogroupe, (en FRANCAIS) sur les dossiers en cours pendant les 6 mois à venir; sur le dispositif du FMI pour les consultations multilatérales; sur la situation budgétaire en 2006 et les prévisions pour 2007 disant que les gouvernement sont peu enclins à consolider leur situation budgtétaire; sur les budgets italien et portugais; sur l'entrée de la slovénie dans la zone euroJoaquín Almunia, membre de la CE chargé des Affaires économiques et monétaires, (en ANGLAIS) sur la conjoncture dans la zone euro; sur la situation budgétaire des Etats membres qui est une source de préoccupation; sur le budget italienQuestions des journalistes (22:43:32) 00:33:51
00:00:00 Viviane Reding, membre de la CE chargée de la Société de l'information et des Médias, dit (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) qu'elle s'attaque à l'une des dernières frontières du marché intérieur de l'Europe. Pendant des années, les tarifs de l'itinérance en téléphonie mobile sont restés à des niveaux anormalement élevés, malgré les avertissements répétés adressés au secteur d'activité. Il est donc temps que l'Europe agisse. Elle est convaincue que non seulement la réduction des tarifs de l'itinérance profitera aux citoyens voyageant dans l'Union européenne mais qu'elle améliorera aussi la compétitivité de l'industrie européenne. 80% des consommateurs de services d'itinérance sont des entreprises, et les petites et moyennes entreprises sont tout particulièrement handicapées par cet élément de coùt important dans leur activité commerciale au sein du marché intérieur. Gr‹ce au règlement européen qui est proposé, l'itinérance cessera d'être un inconvénient pour les consommateurs pour devenir un service attrayant, qui encouragera les particuliers aussi bien que les entreprises à profiter encore plus d'une mobilité accrue dans l'Union européenne. Elle ajoute que la CE œuvre depuis plusieurs années à l'abaissement des tarifs de l'itinérance en téléphonie mobile, par des avertissements à l'adresse des consommateurs et des appels à l'auto-réglementation, par des enquêtes menées en vertu du droit de la concurrence et en permettant aux autorités nationales de réglementation de prendre des mesures à l'échelon national. Cependant, en raison de la nature transfrontière de l'itinérance, les résultats de ces initiatives ont été jusqu'à présent limités. Elle conclue en disant que pendant ces vacances d'été, l'itinérance restera un service coûteux mais qu'elle espère qu'avec l'appui du Parlement européen et du Conseil, l'approche du marché national européen proposée aujourd'hui par la Commission entraînera une baisse appréciable des prix d'ici l'été 2007.Questions (14:48:43:20) 00:32:12
00:00:00 Ulla-Maj Wideroos, ministre finlandaise adjointe des Finances et présidente en exercice du Conseil, (en FINNOIS) disant que le budget 2007 est le premier à être adopté dans le cadre des nouvelles perspectives financières; sur l'avant-projet de budget adopté par le Conseil qui lui semble tout à fait réaliste (+2,3% des crédits de paiement et +3,7% des crédits d'engagement); disant que des priorités positives ont été définies; disant qu'il faut une gestion financière plus efficace; disant qu'il faut diminuer le nombre de fonctionnaires et que, pour ce faire, les personnes qui partent à la retraite ne seront pas toutes remplacées; néanmoins, le nombre de fonctionnaires sera plus élevé en 2013 qu'en 2007 notamment à cause de l'élargissement; disant qu'il faut améliorer la productivité de l'administrationJanusz Lewandowski, membre du PE, (en ANGLAIS) disant qu'il n'y a pas de budget standard; sur les divergences entre le PE et le Conseil disant que le PE estime qu'il y a une surévaluation du budget; Dalia Grybauskaitė, membre de la CE chargée de la Programmation financière et du Budget, (en ANGLAIS) disant que c'est encore le début de la procédure et que chacun maintient encore ses positions; disant qu'il ne sera pas facile de dégager un accord; sur la réforme de l'administration; disant qu'on ne peut pas comparer l'administration publique européenne à une administration nationale car la 1re a d'autres contraintes (multilinguisme, etc...)Questions des journalistes (13:13:23) 00:32:58
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00:00:00 Erkki Tuomioja, ministre finlandais des Affaires étrangères et président en exercice du Conseil, donne les points qui ont été traités (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) à savoir, l'immigration, les négociations OMC, le Soudan et le Darfour, les Balkans occidentaux ainsi que principalement l'Iran et le processus de paix au Moyen-Orient. Pour parvenir à une paix, il faut trouver une solution adaptée pour tous les partenaires concernés. Il parle ensuite de la sécurité des citoyens européens au Liban.Javier Solana, secrétaire général du Conseil de l'Union européenne et Haut représentant pour la politique étrangère et de sécurité commune (PESC), parle (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) du Soudan et du Darfour. Une force de maintien va être déployée par les Nations unies en septembre. Il parle ensuite de l'Iran et puis du Liban et des possibilités de départs de la part des européens. Benita Ferrero-Walder, membre de la CE chargé de l'Elargissement, explique (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) que la situation au Proche-Orient est la plus dangereuse qui ait pû exister depuis plusieurs années. Il faut y trouver des solutions afin que cela ne devienne pas une crise humanitaire majeure.Olli Rehn, membre de la CE chargé de l'Elargissement, dit (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) que les Balkans occidentaux montrent le signe d'une certaine stabilisation et intégration, ce qui était le but de l'UE.Questions (17:36:13:03) 00:43:07
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00:00:00 Juha Korkeaoja, ministre finlandais de l’Agriculture et des Forêts et président en exercice du Conseil, dit (en FINNOIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) que la principale question traitée a été celle de l'OCM vin et la réforme du secteur vitivinicole en général. Les autres points qui ont été traités sont: les lignes directrices pour les aides d'Etat, la pêche et des négociations avec la Mauritanie ainsi que la pêche à l'anchois dans le Golfe de Gascogne. Mariann Fischer Boel, membre de la CE chargée de l’Agriculture et du Développement rural, parle (en FINNOIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) de la réforme du secteur vitivinicole, spécialement dans l'amélioration de la qualité et dans la concurrence (principalement à commercialisation et la publicité). Elle parle ensuite des bolcages à l'OMC.Questions (18:22:56:02) 00:35:50
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00:00:00 Erkki Tuomioja, ministre finlandais des Affaires étrangères et président en exercice du Conseil, (en ANGLAIS) disant que l'aggravation des événements au Proche-Orient a obligé l'UE a délivré une déclaration claire quant à sa politique et à sa contribution à une résolution du conflit; disant qu'il n'y a pas de division au sein de l'UE; disant que le Conseil appelle à une cessation immédiate des hostilités menant à un cessez-le-feu durable; sur la participation des Etats membres à une force des Nations uniesJavier Solana, secrétaire général du Conseil de l'UE et Haut représentant pour la PESC, (en ANGLAIS) disant que 5 membres du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU sont membres de l'UEBenita Ferrero-Waldner, membre de la CE chargée des Relations extérieures et de la Politique européenne de voisinage, (en ANGLAIS) sur la situation humanitaire et les solutions à apporterQuestions des journalistes (17:43:53) 00:32:15
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00:00:00 Louis Michel, membre de la CE chargé du Développement et de l'Aide humanitaire, dit (en FRANCAIS) que la francophonie possède des priorités qui sont également les valeurs de la CE. Ils ont donc signé un protocole d'accord afin d'approfondir un dialogue politique entre les pays de la francophonie et la CE. La CE s'engage également à essayer de soutenir les pays de la francophonie dans plusieurs domaines.Abdou Diouf, secrétaire général de l'OIF (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie), explique (en FRANCAIS) que Louis Michel a dit l'essentiel et qu'il n'a rien à ajouter sauf à répéter exactement la même chose.Questions (11:55:10) 00:19:04
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00:00:00 Ursula Plassnik, ministre fédérale autrichienne des Affaires étrangères, (en ALLEMAND) disant qu'elle éprouve un sentiment de soulagement après les résultats du Conseil européen; sur la philosophie de la présidence autrichienne: confiance, clarté et élan; sur les avancées qui ont lieu sous présidence britannique; sur le projet de paix de l'Europe (dont stabilité des Balkans); disant que l'Autriche représente le lien entre l'Est et l'Ouest; sur l'avantage d'être un Etat de taille moyenne habitué à travailler en équipe; disant qu'il faut travailler en étroite coopération avec tous les Etats membres en ce qui concerne le projet de Constitution; sur la subsidiarité; sur le dialogue inter-religieux; sur la sécurité intérieure; disant qu'il y a une forte demande d'Europe dans le monde; sur les Balkans; disant que la présidence va modifier les aspects "presse" du bâtiment afin de faciliter le travail des journalistesAntti Peltomäki, secrétaire d'Etat finlandais aux Affaires européennes, (en ANGLAIS) sur la bonne coopération entre la Finlande et l'Autriche; sur les différents dossiersQuestions des journalistes (13:56:44) 01:00:02
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00:00:00 José Manuel Barroso, président de la CE, dit (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) que le message est clair, il est temps de passer la vitesse supérieure. Un vent nouveau souffle sur Bruxelles et les capitales nationales depuis que nous avons relancé la stratégie de Lisbonne l'an dernier. Un cap a été franchi dans nos activités. Nous avons parcouru un long chemin depuis l'an dernier et les fondations qui conviennent sont à présent en place. Le fait que 25 programmes nationaux de réforme soient présentés en dit long sur le nouveau degré d'engagement national. Les projecteurs sont désormais braqués sur la concrétisation. À présent, les États membres doivent se mettre au poste de pilotage et accélérer les réformes. L'ambition est claire. Il faut viser des universités de premier plan, une main-d'œuvre ayant un haut niveau de formation et d'instruction, des régimes de sécurité sociale et de retraite qui soient solides, des industries parmi les plus compétitives et un environnement sain. Les quatre domaines d'actions prioritaires sur lesquels les dirigeants européens sont invités à s'engager à prendre des mesures supplémentaires sont: 1. Investissement dans l'éducation et la recherche; 2. Allègement des contraintes des PME et libération du potentiel des entreprises; 3. Insertion dans le monde du travail; 4. Energie efficace, sûre et durable.Günter Verheugen, vice-président de la CE chargé des Entreprises et de l'Industrie, fait (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) quelques considérations d'ordre politique. Il s'agit du premier rapport d'un nouveau cycle car il se concentre sur les grands défis identifiés: recherche et innovation, compétence, achèvement du marché intérieur, meilleur environnement pour les PME; il faut absolument une croissance additionnelle et plus d'emplois. Le rapport a comme message politique que l'Europe va dans la bonne direction et possède les moyens pour passer à la vitesse supérieure pour chacun.Questions (14:28:43:17) 00:50:57
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00:00:00 Louis Michel, membre de la CE chargé du Développement et de l'Aide humanitaire, explique (en FRANCAIS) que l’infrastructure est un élément essentiel du développement durable, de la croissance économique et de la lutte contre la pauvreté, dans le droit fil des objectifs du millénaire pour le développement. Aucune croissance stable n’est possible sans un solide réseau d’infrastructures de transport, d’énergie, d’eau et de technologies de l’information et de la communication. Le fonds fiduciaire est un outil innovant qui peut être déterminant dans la volonté de soutenir une action depuis longtemps sollicitée par l’Afrique. Il est impossible à un bailleur de fonds seul de relever l'énorme défi de financer les infrastructures de base du continent. Aussi, il faut joindre les efforts, chacun dans sa compétence. Tous les États membre doivent mobiliser un montant important dans le cadre de leurs engagements récents afin d’augmenter l’aide attribuée à ce projet ambitieux.Philippe Maystadt, président de la Banque européenne d'investissement, dit (en FRANCAIS) que d'une part, cette initiative va permettre de donner une plus grande visibilité à l'aide européenne et d'autre part, pour la BEI, elle va lui permettre de mettre d'avantage son expertise au service de l'Afrique, principalement dans le domaine de l'infrastructure. Le partenariat entre la Commission européenne et les États membre de l’UE, en tant que donateurs d’aide non remboursable, d’une part, et le BEI et les institutions de financement du développement, d’autre part, permettra d’augmenter les volumes de ressources et entraînera une progression considérable des financements destinés à l’infrastructure. L’association des subventions et des prêts se fera sous forme de bonification d’intérêts, de garantie de risques ou d’autres outils appropriés.Questions (13:03:57:19) 00:37:20
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00:00:00 Louis Michel, membre de la CE chargé du Développement et de l'Aide humanitaire, (en FRANCAIS) se réjouissant de la présence de Charles Konan Banny à la CE; disant qu'il a réussi à apaiser le climat de tension dans son pays; sur les problèmes d'infrastuctures de la Côte d'Ivoire; disant qu'il est impressionné par le potentiel de ce paysCharles Konan Banny, Premier ministre ivoirien, (en FRANCAIS) remerciant Louis Michel pour son soutien; sur le programme de la feuille de route: identification, désarmement, élection, redéploiement de l'administration; sur la transparence de la gestion des marchés du café et du cacao; sur la gestion des flux migratoiresQuestions des journalistes (18:20:05) 00:18:03
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00:00:00 Elisabeth Gehrer, ministre fédérale autrichienne de l'Éducation, des Sciences et de la Culture et présidente en exercice du Conseil, (en ALLEMAND) sur le programme sur l'éducation et la formation tout au long de la vie qui va voir son budget doublé; sur les programmes de mobilité; sur la charte de qualité pour la mobilité en 10 points; sur les compétences-clés; sur l'indicateur européen des compétences linguistiques; sur la durabilitéJán Figel', membre de la CE chargé de l'Education, de la Formation, de la Culture et du Multilinguisme, (en ANGLAIS) sur la bonne coopération avec le ConseilQuestions des journalistes (13:18:50) 00:16:28
00:00:00 Arrivée des participants à la conférence de presse sur le renforcement de la solidarité entre les États membres concernant la protection de l'enfance et l'assistance de l'UE en situations d'urgences, à Bruxelles 00:00:32
00:00:00 Karl-Heinz Grasser, ministre fédéral autrichien des Finances et président en exercice du Conseil, parle (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) du compromis qui a été décidé concernant les taux de TVA réduits, ce qui est une bonne chose pour la croissance et la compétitivité en Europe. Ensuite, il parle de la nomination de Jürgen Stark comme membre du directoire de la BCE. En outre, il aborde les débats sur des programmes de stabilité et de convergence.Joaquín Almunia, membre de la CE chargé des Affaires économiques et monétaires, parle (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) de trois programmes de stabilité (Belgique, Luxembourg, Autriche) et de trois programmes de convergence (Estonie, Lituanie and Slovénie). Il parle ensuite du rapport sur le vieillissement présenté par la CE et le SPE et qui devrait permettre de comparer l'évolution du vieillissement de la population dans les différents pays et ce qui en découle.Questions (13:08:02:02) 00:39:12
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00:00:00 Viviane Reding, membre de la CE chargée de la Société de l'information et des Médias, (en ANGLAIS) disant que ce rapport fait le point sur l'état du marché 8 ans après sa libéralisation; disant qu'il faut favoriser les investissements et l'innovation; sur l'importance des communications électroniques; sur la large bande qui connaît une croissance très forte; sur le marché de la téléphonie mobile; sur le marché du téléphone fixe où la concurrence implique des prix plus bas; sur les procédures engagées contre pas mal d'Etats membres; expliquant pourquoi il faut autant de réglementation; sur la portabilité du numéro; sur le roamingQuestions des journalistes (11:49:50) 00:39:37
00:00:00 Josef Pröll, ministre fédéral autrichien de l'Agriculture et président en exercice du Conseil, dit (en ALLEMAND, traduit en FRANCAIS) que les points suivants ont été traités: un accord politique sur la réforme du sucre; une stratégie communautaire sur la bioénergie, la biomasse et les biocarburants; la protection et le bien-être des animaux pour la période 2006-2010; la grippe aviaire.Mariann Fischer Boel, membre de la CE chargée de l’Agriculture et du Développement rural, explique (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) combien elle est contente que la réforme du sucre a été décidée; elle parle de la méthode de réforme; elle parle ensuite des énergies renouvelables; enfin, elle aborde le sujet de la grippe aviaire et dit que la CE suit de près l'évolution.Questions (19:06:36) 00:35:31
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00:00:00 Ursula Plassnik, ministre fédérale autrichienne des Affaires étrangères et présidente en exercice du Conseil, (en ANGLAIS) sur l'affaire des caricatures de Mahomet disant que les deux parties doivent être plus conscientes de ce qui les unit et non de ce qui les divise; disant que la liberté d'expression est un droit fondamental; disant que les actes violents ne sont pas justifiables; disant que le Conseil exprime sa solidarité avec les pays attaqués; sur le Proche-Orient disant que le Conseil a répété sa position quand aux attentes envers le nouveau gouvernement palestinien; sur la Serbie-et-Monténégro et sa coopération avec le TPIY; sur la République démocratique du Congo; sur Chypre; sur le protocole d'accord signé avec la SuisseBenita Ferrero-Waldner, membre de la CE chargée des Relations extérieures et de la Politique européenne de voisinage, (en ANGLAIS) sur l'adoption d'un paquet d'assistance financière à la Palestine pour satisfaire les besoins fondamentaux de la population; sur le fonds Banque mondialeOlli Rehn, membre de la CE chargé de l'Elargissement, (en ANGLAIS) sur l'adoption du règlement pour le développement de la communauté turco-chypriote; sur les négociations avec la Serbie-et-Monténégro et la coopération avec le TPIYQuestions des journalistes (17:03:15) 00:37:41
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00:00:00 Liese Prokop, ministre fédérale autrichienne de l'Intérieur et présidente en exercice du Conseil, (en ALLEMAND) faisant le bilan suite au dernier Conseil "Justice et affaires intérieures" sous présidence autrichienne; sur la déclaration de Vienne sur la sécurité; sur le suivi de Hampton Court; sur le renforcement d'Europol; sur les politiques d'asile et d'immigration; sur la protection civileFranco Frattini, vice-président de la CE chargé de la Justice, de la Liberté et de la Sécurité, (en ANGLAIS) sur l'accord politique sur la base juridique du système d'information Schengen "SIS2"; sur la décision de la Cour de justice concernant le transfert de données dans le transport aérien; sur les visas européens; sur la création d'un mécanisme de protection civile européenneMax-Peter Ratzel, directeur d'Europol, (en ANGLAIS) sur le rapport sur l'évaluation de la menace que représente la criminalité organisée (EMCO); sur les quatre catégories de crime organisé: groupe à base territoriale, groupe homogène avec même origine ethnique, réseau dynamique et groupe avec principe d'organisation très stricte; sur la diversification des schémas régionauxQuestions des journalistes (15:49:50) 00:40:14
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00:00:00 Aldo Ajello, envoyé spécial de l'UE dans la région des Grands Lacs, parle (en FRANCAIS) de la situation politique en RDC aujourd'hui et du calendrier des élections, notamment les élections présidentielles et provinciales. Il parle ensuite de l'atmosphère politique à Kinshasa qui est assez tendue.Karlheinz Viereck, major-général, commandant de l’opération EUFOR R.D.Congo, explique (en ANGLAIS, traduit en FRANCAIS) qu'une excellente équipe a été mise en place pour mener une opération à bien. Le QG sera à Kinshasa et la mission permettra de créer le noeud d'opérations politiques et économiques. Il parle également du planning de collaboration qui a été instauré. Il ajoute que pour mener une opération à bien, il faut être sur le terrain, montrer sa crédibilité et être professionnel.Christian Damay, général, commandant de l’opération EUFOR R.D.Congo, dit (en FRANCAIS) que la collaboration avec Karlheinz Viereck est excellente et qu'il est entièrement d'accord avec tout ce qu'il a dit. Il ajoute que la force sera complètement opérationnelle le 30 juillet.Questions (11:27:29) 00:52:04
00:00:00 José Manuel Barroso, président de la CE, (en ANGLAIS) sur le risque de paralysie de l'Europe qui a été évité malgré le pessimisme; sur les avancées de l'UE en un an (directive sur les services, REACH, nouvelles politiques); disant qu'il faut répondre aux besoins des citoyens; sur la révision du marché intérieur; disant que le Traité de Nice ne suffit pas et qu'il faut un Traité constitutionnelQuestions des journalistes (13:13:45) 00:43:55
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00:00:00 Benita Ferrero-Waldner, membre de la CE chargée des Relations extérieures et de la Politique européenne de voisinage, (en ANGLAIS) disant que depuis l'adhésion de la Bulgarie et de la Roumanie, l'UE fait partie de la région de la mer Noire; disant que l'UE doit être prête à développer des contacts plus étroits avec les organisations régionales, en particulier l'Organisation de la coopération économique de la mer Noire; disant que la CE a l'intention d'obtenir le statut d'observateur auprès de cette organisation; disant que la "synergie de la mer Noire" viendra développer les programmes de coopération communautaires sectoriels spécifiques déjà en cours; sur le programme de travail pour les années à venir, disant qu'il faudra développer une dimension pétrolière écologique et durable dans la région ainsi qu'un dialogue régional global sur la sécurité énergétique, rationaliser les différentes activités de coopération en matière de transports avec une claire répartition du travail, diffuser le modèle de la coopération mer Noire/Danube à d'autres domaines environnementaux, développer des activités régionales pour lutter contre le changement climatique, reconstituer les stocks halieutiques au niveau régional et mettre en œuvre un programme de coopération transfrontalier en mer Noire; disant que la CE veut aussi renforcer la société civile et promouvoir les contacts entre villes, communautés, universités; disant qu'une coopération régionale renforcée pourrait contribuer à mieux résoudre les conflits politiques de longue date dans cette région.Questions des journalistes (11:53:36) 00:22:20
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00:00:00 Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in ENGLISH): First I would like to thank you all for the warm welcome I have received here today.I am very pleased to be in Jericho, one of the most historic towns in the world and one of the most important Palestinian cities today. And I am very pleased to inaugurate the Palestine College for Police Sciences alongside the Prime Minister.The EU is strongly committed to a two-state solution. Heeding the aspirations of the Palestinians for statehood is a crucial element for lasting peace, stability and prosperity in the region.This is why we have been firmly supporting the Palestinian state-building process, aiming at a Palestinian state based on the rule of law and respect of human rights.We have been doing it not just through words but also deeds. The European Union is the largest donor to the Palestinian Authority contributing over half of total international financial assistance. This college is in itself a concrete illustration of our support in developing future state institutions. Security is essential for democracy, stability and economic development. Over the last years, the security situation in the West Bank has considerably improved. But it is also important that, in parallel, human rights are fully observed and respected. It is important that the Palestinian authorities uphold these values, in particular the right to peaceful protest and demonstration, the freedom of expression and of the media; as well as the proper treatment of arrested persons and of detainees.Mechanisms for civilian oversight of the security forces need to be reinforced. We stand ready to pursue our support to the Palestinian Authority in this direction. The construction of this college is also a good example of the strong co-ordination that exists between the European Union, its Member States and other donors in their support to the Palestinian Authority. While the European Commission contributed over 20% of the €15 million cost of this facility, its opening today would not have been possible without the bilateral contributions of Denmark, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, as well as Canada.We have been honouring our commitments even in times of economic turbulence. We call also on other donors, especially donors in the region, to do the same and maintain their financial support to the Palestinian Authority.I know that you did not waste any time and that the College is already working. Allow me therefore to congratulate the first graduates, among them 20 women who have celebrated the completion of their training last April. I am confident that the Palestine College for Police Sciences will quickly establish itself as a reference institution for training officers and staff of the Palestinian Civil Police, enabling them to better serve the citizens, and gain the respect and trust of the Palestinian people. 00:04:11
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00:00:00 Diemut Theato, membre du PE, (en ALLEMAND) introduisant la conférence de pressePaulo Casaca, membre du PE, (en PORTUGAIS) se félicitant du consensus atteint au sein du PE en ce qui concerne la procédure de décharge 2001María Antonia Avilés Perea, membre du PE, (en ESPAGNOL) disant que le PE a approuvé les comptes de toutes les institutions excepté le Comité des régionsBart Staes, membre du PE, (en NEERLANDAIS) sur les décisions concernant le PE (politique des bâtiments)Freddy Blak, membre du PE, (en DANOIS) sur la décharge 2001et la réaction des journalistesMichaele Schreyer, membre de la CE chargée du Budget, (en ALLEMAND) remerciant le PE pour sa coopérationOle B. Sørensen, membre du PE, (en DANOIS) disant qu'il est heureux du résultat de son rapport sur l'octroi de la décharge à la Commission sur l'exécution du budget du Fonds européens de développement pour l'exercice 2001Questions des journalistes (18:19:58) 00:26:51
00:00:00 David Byrne, membre de la CE chargé de la Santé et de la Protection des consommateurs, (en ANGLAIS) disant que cela fait 3 ans que le Livre blanc sur la sécurité des aliments a été adopté; d'autres mesures ont été adoptées depuis et certaines sont déjà entrées en vigueur; aujourd'hui, une proposition sur l'hygiène des aliments pour animaux a été adoptée; disant que cette proposition apportera un tas d'améliorations notamment au niveau de la traçabilité et de l'hygiène; sur la mise en place d'une liste positive pour les aliments pour animauxQuestions des journalistes (11:43:58) 00:19:27
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00:00:00 Willie O'Dea, ministre irlandais adjoint au ministère de la Justice, de l'Egalité et des Réformes législatives, chargé des questions relatives à l'égalité, y compris les problèmes des personnes handicapées, (en ANGLAIS) annonçant un accord politique sur la création d'un Institut européen chargé des questions relatives à l'égalité entre hommes et femmes; disant qu'un tel centre serait un signe clair de l'engagement envers l'égalité entre hommes et femmes dans une Union élargie; disant que ce sera une source d'expertise et d'apprentissage qui accroîtra les occasions de partager les connaissances, les données et les informations sur les meilleures pratiques; sur la proposition de directive relative à l'égalité de traitement entre femmes et hommes en matière d'accès et de fourniture de biens et de servicesStavros Dimas, membre de la CE chargé de l'Emploi et des Affaires sociales, (en ANGLAIS) se félicitant de l'accord sur la création d'un Institut européen chargé des questions relatives à l'égalité entre hommes et femmes; disant que cet établissement doit apporter une valeur ajoutée et se créer dans la neutralité budgétaire; sur les tâches de l'institut; sur la refonte des directives sur l'égalité de traitementQuestions des journalistes (17:08:53) 00:14:31
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00:00:00 Silvio Berlusconi, président du Conseil des ministres italien et président en exercice du Conseil, (en ITALIEN) disant que la présidence italienne fera de son mieux pour faire converger les positions des Etats membres au cours de ces six mois; sur la politique économique européenne qui doit être un contre-poids de l'économie américaine; sur la politique étrangère; sur la constitution européenne et la conférence intergouvernementaleRomano Prodi, président de la CE, (en ITALIEN) sur la constitution européenne et la conférence intergouvernementale; sur les relations extérieuresPat Cox, président du PE, (en ANGLAIS) sur la constitution européenne et la conférence intergouvernementale; sur le rôle du PE vis-à-vis de la présidence du Conseil; sur la sérénité nécessaire dans les débatsQuestions des journalistes (13:19:30) 00:29:40
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00:00:00 Michel Barnier, membre de la CE chargé de la Politique régionale et de la Conférence intergouvernementale (ad personam), (en FRANCAIS) sur la gestion des Fonds structurels et du Fonds de cohésion par les futurs Etats membresGünter Verheugen, membre de la CE chargé de l'Elargissement, (en ANGLAIS) sur la gestion des Fonds structurels et du Fonds de cohésion par les futurs Etats membresQuestions des journalistes (12:49:54)Michel Barnier (13:00:00, en FRANCAIS) sur l'intervention du Fonds de solidarité européen en Espagne et en ItalieQuestions des journalistes (13:04:36) 00:34:09
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00:00:00 Roberto Antonione, sous-secrétaire d'Etat italien aux Affaires étrangères, (en ITALIEN) disant que la réunion a été très positive; s'excusant car il doit s'absenter pour recevoir des lettres de créanceDick Roche, ministre irlandais adjoint auprès du Premier ministre et au ministère des Affaires étrangères, chargé des Affaires européennes, (en ANGLAIS) disant que la réunion a été très fructueuseKurmanbek Osmonov, vice-Premier ministre kirghize et ministre de la Justice, (en RUSSE) énumérant les points abordés durant la réunionQuestions des journalistes (12:40:16) 00:13:28
00:00:00 Silvan Shalom, ministre israélien des Affaires étrangères, (en ANGLAIS) disant que sa rencontre avec le Conseil "Affaires générales et relations extérieures" a été très positive; disant que c'est encourgeant de voir que l'UE soutient le processus de paix et disant que, selon lui, l'UE va jouer un rôle crucial dans la fin du conflitQuestions des journalistes (14:02:02) 00:07:16
00:00:00 Loyola de Palacio del Valle-Lersundi, vice-présidente de la CE chargée des Relations avec le Parlement européen, des Transports et de l'Energie, (en ESPAGNOL) sur la décision de la CE d'ouvrir une procédure formelle d'examen à l'égard de la mesure envisagée par les autorités allemandes pour compenser l'effet de l'augmentation des taux de péage sur les transporteurs routiers; sur la décision de la CE de saisir la Cour de justice des CE quant à l'interdiction de circulation de certaines marchandises sur l'autoroute A 12 en Autriche; sur la proposition de modification de la directive euro-vignette pour éviter les distorsions du marché intérieur dues à la mosaïque réglementaire en vigueur actuellement; sur la possibilité pour les Etats membres de faire varier les péages selon la distance parcourue, les dommages occasionnés aux routes, les effets sur l'environnement, le moment et le niveau de congestion sur l'axe routier; sur les financements croisés en faveur de la construction d'infrastructures dans les zones sensibles; disant que les revenus des redevances d'infrastructures doivent bénéficier au secteur des transports; disant que cette proposition règle beaucoup de problèmes Questions des journalistes (13:00:58) 00:39:17
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00:00:00 Philippe Busquin, membre de la CE chargé de la Recherche, (en FRANCAIS) sur les deux nouvelles publications: "Présentation des chiffres-clés 2003-2004 sur la science, la technologie et l'innovation" et "Etude sur la fuite des cerveaux "; disant que les chiffres publiés datent de 2001; disant que le bien fondé de la stratégie de Lisbonne est confirmé, et que sa mise en œuvre doit être accélérée; disant que les investissements en R&D doivent progresser beaucoup plus vite; disant que l'Europe de la Recherche est en train de perdre la bataille des investissements internationaux et qu'il faut transformer radicalement l'environnement de la recherche; sur la fuite des cerveaux; disant que les performances technologiques et scientifiques de l'Europe sont en baisseLuc Soete, professeur au Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation, (en ANGLAIS) présentant l'étude sur la fuite des cerveauxQuestions des journalistes (12:51:41) 00:43:53
00:00:00 Girolamo Sirchia, ministre italien de la Santé et président en exercice du Conseil, (en ITALIEN) sur la lutte contre la paludisme; sur la promotion des modes de vie sains; sur le dépistage du cancer; sur la mise sur pied d'un centre pour la prévention et le contrôle des maladies transmissibles; sur l'équilibre qui doit être respecté entre l'intérêt du patient et l'intérêt de l'industrie dans le domaine pharmaceutique; sur les normes plus strictes pour les dispositifs médicauxDavid Byrne, membre de la CE chargé de la Santé et de la Protection des consommateurs, (en ANGLAIS) sur la crise du SRAS et la mise sur pied d'un centre pour la prévention et le contrôle des maladies transmissibles; sur le dépistage du cancer; sur la promotion des modes de vie sains; sur la lutte anti-tabac; sur le rapport du G10 MédicamentsQuestions des journalistes (13:27:11) 00:29:03
00:00:00 Cees Veerman, ministre néerlandais de l'Agriculture, du Patrimoine naturel et de la Qualité des aliments et président en exercice du Conseil, (en ANGLAIS) sur les consultations bilatérales UE/Norvège en matière de pêche; sur le débat d'orientation sur la pêche; sur les TAC dans la mer Baltique; sur la pêche des espèces en eau profondeJoe Borg, membre de la CE chargé de la Pêche et des Affaires maritimes, (en ANGLAIS) sur les négociations avec la Norvège; sur le débat d'orientation sur la pêche; sur le cabillaud de la Baltique; sur les quotas de pêche des espèces en eau profondeQuestions des journalistes (12:32:16) 00:14:47
00:00:00 Atzo Nicolaï, secrétaire d'Etat néerlandais aux Affaires européennes et président en exercice du Conseil, (en NEERLANDAIS) sur la deuxième lecture du projet de budget 2005 avec le PE; disant qu'il y a un accord sur ce projet qui est le premier budget à 25; disant que c'est un budget sobre qui est sensible aux difficultés budgétaires des Etats membres; détaillant le budget; sur le budget rectificatif 2004; sur le rapport de la Cour des comptes sur le budget 2003 qui adresse des critiques que le Conseil prend très au sérieuxDalia Grybaukaite, membre de la CE chargée de la programmation financière et du budget, (en ANGLAIS) exprimant la satisfaction de la CE sur ce compromisQuestions des journalistes (22:50:10) 00:11:32
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00:00:00 Gerrit Zalm, ministre néerlandais des Finances et président en exercice du Conseil, (en ANGLAIS) sur les données statistiques de la Grèce; sur les rapports de convergence qui incluent pour la première fois les nouveaux Etats membres; sur les perspectives financières; sur la nécessité d'une consolidation budgétaire au niveau européen; sur la stratégie de lutte contre le financement du terrorisme qui sera soumise au PE; sur la directive sur l'adéquation du capital; disant qu'il y a un accord sur les comptes consolidés et les audits; sur la fiscalité; sur la société coopérative européenne; sur les taux de TVA réduitsJoaquín Almunia, membre de la CE chargé des Affaires économiques et monétaires, (en ANGLAIS) remerciant la présidence néerlandaise pour son excellent travail; sur les rapports de convergence; disant qu'aucun des dix nouveaux Etats membres n'est prêt à rejoindre la zone euro actuellementCharlie McCreevy, membre de la CE chargé du Marché intérieur et des Services, (en ANGLAIS) sur la directive sur le blanchiment d'argent et le financement du terrorisme; sur la directive sur l'adéquation du capital; sur la meilleure réglementationLázló Kovács, membre de la CE chargé de la Fiscalité et de l'Union douanière, (en ANGLAIS) sur la directive sur les fusions qui va faciliter les restructurations transfrontalières; sur les taux de TVA réduitsQuestions des journalistes (15:35:58) 01:00:00
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00:00:00 Bertie Ahern, Premier ministre irlandais et président en exercice du Conseil, (en ANGLAIS) annonçant qu'il y a un accord sur le traité constitutionnel; disant que ce traité est un véritable jalon dans l'histoire de l'UE; sur la prochaine étape qui est de ratifier le traité et de l'expliquer au citoyens européensRomano Prodi, président de la CE, (en ITALIEN) disant que ce moment est très important politiquement car une constitution est l'essence de toute unité politique; félicitant la présidence irlandaise; disant que le résultat est plus avancé que ce qu'il osait espérer et qu'il est donc satisfait; disant que c'est son dernier Conseil européen en tant que président de la CE; disant qu'il est fier que l'élargissement ait aboutiPat Cox, président du PE, (en ANGLAIS) disant que cette adoption du traité constitutionnel est un grand pas en avant pour l'UE; disant que le travail de la Convention sur l'avenir de l'Europe a été d'une grande utilité puisque 90% de ses recommandations ont été reprises dans le texte du traité; félicitant la présidence irlandaiseBertie Ahern (en ANGLAIS) remerciant Pat Cox et Romano Prodi et la CE et le PE dans leur ensemble pour leur collaborationPrésence de Brian Cowen, ministre irlandais des Affaires étrangèresQuestions des journalistes (23:28:33) 00:42:59
00:00:00 Philippe Busquin, membre de la CE chargé de la Recherche, (en FRANCAIS) sur l'objectif 3% du PIB pour la recherche et l'innovation qui est inscrit dans le processus de Lisbonne; sur le plan d'action de la CE qui devrait permettre de passer de 1,2% à 3% du PIB pour la recherche et l'innovation; disant que ce projet ne concerne pas que les scientifiques mais va accroître la compétitivité de l'UE dans le monde; sur la balance des paiements technologiques qui est en déficit par rapport aux Etats-Unis; disant que chaque Etat membre doit s'inscrire dans cette stratégie et présenter un plan d'action; sur les entreprises privées et le fait qu'elles sont inquiètes du manque de visibilité de la recherche publique; sur les grands axes du plan d'action: coordonner les actions prises dans les pays européens, améliorer l'efficacité du soutien public à la recherche, augmenter le niveau de financement public pour la recherche et l'innovation; disant que la recherche et l'innovation est une politique en soiErkki Ormala, directeur de la politique technologique du groupe de Nokia et expert de haut niveau auprès de l'European Round Table of Industrialists, (en ANGLAIS) sur la compétitivité de l'UE; sur la stratégie de Lisbonne; sur les entreprises privées qui préfèrent investir dans la recherche en-dehors de l'UE; sur la recherche financée par le publicQuestions des journalistes (11:35:06) 00:45:36
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00:00:00 Romano Prodi, président de la CE, (en ANGLAIS) disant que la réunion a été très fructueuse et qu'il n'y a pas eu de points de désaccord; se disant satisfait des progrès réalisés par la BulgarieGeorgi Parvanov, président de la Bulgarie, (en BULGARE traduit en ANGLAIS) remerciant Romano Prodi pour ses encouragements; disant qu'il craint que la position de la Bulgarie face au conflit en Irak n'influe négativement sur les relations avec l'UE; disant que la Bulgarie est prête à conclure les négociations dans certains chapitres; disant que la Bulgarie espère finaliser les négociations dans le courant de 2004Questions des journalistes (10:27:02) 00:17:27
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The picture I would like to present today is the one reassuring you that what you are doing in your field fits well in that structured approach to deal with our neighbours and the relationship of the two equal partners, the benefits of both sides.It is a great pleasure to be here today to talk about the future prospects for Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation in the field of Civil Protection. As previous speakers have highlighted, the rising trend in the vulnerability of the Mediterranean to natural and man-made disasters confirms the need to put in place regional cooperation mechanisms to ensure the security and safety of citizens around the Mediterranean.This morning, I would like to briefly expose our vision regarding the importance of regional cooperation in the Mediterranean in the context of our neighbourhood policy and then I will focus on the future prospects for our cooperation.The European Union is committed to strengthen relations with the Southern Mediterranean countries. We do this essentially through tailor made bilateral relations, in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy. This policy is about working together with our neighbouring states to increase the prosperity, stability and security of our citizens.Over the last twelve months the European Union has responded with determination to a fast- changing situation of the Southern Mediterranean Region: it has adapted its policy instruments, re-oriented its assistance programmes, made technical support available to facilitate democratic transition and allocated additional funding. In addition, we recognise that there are regional issues that require regional solutions. Not all issues can be solved at the bilateral level. This is why we have invested resources, time and energy to revitalise the regional cooperation structures, in particular the Union for the Mediterranean and its Secretariat. Under the able leadership of Mr Sijilmassi, the Secretariat is now focusing on implementing the first labelised projects. In addition, with the co Presidencies having now been handed over to the European Union and Jordan, we are working on the resumption of sectoral ministerial meetings. We hope to have good meetings on Energy and Transport in 2013. More could be organised. It is clear that Civil Protection is a very relevant area of work for the Union for the Mediterranean because of the potential for developing dialogue and cooperation on concrete issues which have a very high significance for populations on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.Ladies and GentlemenNatural and man-made disasters do not respect borders. They can affect local populations of many countries at the same time, and therefore need common responses. But beyond showing solidarity in the event of crisis, the European Union needs to cooperate with its neighbours in preventing and mitigating those events. I would even say that being prepared is only meaningful if it is implies being prepared together. When disaster strikes, a core expectation of our citizens all around the world is that their governing institutions are ready and able to react by offering protection and assistance. They will also look to those institutions not only to address the consequences of disasters, but to work on minimizing risks and their possible effects. Such work is the daily bread and butter of many of the distinguished participants here today.We are all here well aware of the fact that some disasters are of such a dimension that local and even national responses will be insufficient to tackle them. Outside support will be necessary. We all know that civil protection is a priority for the Mediterranean region. In fact, the European Union has established a long lasting cooperation with the region. I'm happy to see that since our first pilot project in 1998, a lot has been achieved in the Southern Mediterranean to build confidence and reinforce a common understanding of the importance of collaborating in reducing risks and responding to disasters. I am also pleased to note that since 2008 a number of on-going specific actions are bringing our Candidate Countries of the Mediterranean region closer to the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism. Let me quote as examples the current Instrument for Pre-accession funded projects that we are financing for flood prevention or building resilience to disasters. Such a specific assistance to our Candidates Countries will continue in the future in view of their ultimate goal to join the European Union. And I am glad to see that even more has been achieved through the implementation of the PPRD South I programme which has been implemented both in the Southern Neighbourhood Region and in the Candidate Countries (Balkan countries and Turkey). This programme has had very noticeable results of which you are all very familiar. Let me just stress two elements. Through its awareness raising activities the programme has trained around 154.000 children and housewives who are considered amongst the most vulnerable persons in society when disaster strikes. Children and their mothers have learned to adopt safer behaviours in their daily lives and react more adequately in case of disasters. This demonstrates that our activities can bring concrete benefits to citizens.Another key result of the programme has been the creation of an effective network of national correspondents for Civil Protection in the region. More than demonstrating the active participation and strong political commitment of the Mediterranean Partner Countries, this network is to my mind the basis for moving forward and continuing solid regional cooperation in this area.Now, what are key elements to think of for the future? How can we build on the achievements of the programme? Firstly, the cooperation of national services in Civil Protection remains a fragile process. Reactions to disasters are often linked to national security and defence programmes, and there might be understandable reluctance to share sensitive information with others. This challenge is not easily overcome, but we need to continue to look for solutions.Secondly, taking into account the gravity and time pressure of disaster situations, we need to pay even more attention to preparedness and synchronisation of efforts. There is scope to develop further cooperation mechanisms and tools that will allow swift reaction. Thirdly, we need to foster more synergies between national and European Union Civil Protection initiatives in the Mediterranean, and gradually strengthen the relationship between the Mediterranean Partner Countries and the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Finally, it will be essential to incorporate a stronger awareness of climate change implications in our work – climate change will imply more extreme weather events in the future, and these risks need to be better addressed also at the level of Civil Protection.It is clear that there is real added value in continuing regional efforts in Civil Protection, and I am therefore glad to announce that we have decided to launch a new programme to pursue the work, building directly on the achievements of the PPRD South Programme. We are currently in the process of tendering for this new Programme, and we aim to start the activities next spring. The new programme will have an even stronger focus on prevention and preparation rather than on response to disasters, and will address the issues I just raised: The programme will reinforce co-operation between the EU and the Southern Neighbourhood partner institutions involved in civil protection;It will encourage co-ordinated responses of countries affected by the same disaster; andIt will stimulate the development of a regional approach to disaster management based on prevention and preparedness, involving not only governments but also the civil society.Even if the new programme will only address the ENP South Countries, Candidate Countries will certainly not be forgotten since specific regional programmes under the IPA Instrument will continue to apply to them. Coordination between the various programmes will be ensured. What is our vision for the future?Beyond our immediate programme, we need to develop a strategy for a safer Mediterranean in the long term. This is also why we are here today. We all agree that regional cooperation in the field of Civil Protection needs to be continued and be built on the results reached so far. But we need to adapt our thinking to the on-going contextual changes such as the increasing impact of climate changes to disaster risks. So we have to establish joint cooperation between Climate Change and Civil Protection Experts. In addition, we need to think how we can better address the needs of the region in terms of infrastructures in view of all the information gathered through our previous regional assistance programmes.We also have to involve other actors like International Financing Institutions (EIB, EBRD, etc ) or the Secretariat of the UfM in an effort to seek new ways of support.Finally, let me close these initial remarks by saying that I am glad to see that our EU project has been able to build an inclusive and successful cooperation among very different stakeholders. It is a model that I wish to see being developed more and more to demonstrate all the potential of concrete solidarity in the Mediterranean region.With this, I thank you for your attention, and I hope that the rest of the day and the Steering Committee will be a good opportunity to discuss the future of Euro-med cooperation in the field of civil protection. It is only by joining forces that we will shape together a safer Mediterranean for our citizens. I thank you very much for your attention. 00:18:48
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00:00:00 Soundbite by Andris Piebalgs, Member of the EC in charge of Development(in ENGLISH) saying that he is very happy to welcome all of the participants to launch of the European Report on Development. The presence here today shows that this year’s report has hit the nail on the head by dealing with one of the “hottest” topics for the global community at the moment: the post-2015 development agenda. Saying that it also shows that, in only four years, the ERD has succeeded in demonstrating its credibility as a valuable contributor to the debate on development policy. Saying that before going further, he wants to thank the authors of the report: he has been sincerely impressed with the wealth and breadth of knowledge the report puts forward, and by the quality of the analysis it presents. He is confident it will give them the opportunity to discuss in depth how they can shape the development framework of tomorrow. And the issues involved here are weighty, to say the least. Saing that of course they are not starting from scratch. The development policies of today have done much to take the development cause forward. Likewise, the MDGs have been a global rallying call for fighting poverty. They proved that setting clear human development goals and targets can have enormous effect. Impressive progress has already been registered, and they hope to achieve even more by 2015. Yet millions of people worldwide will still be living below what should be considered a decent standard of living. In some countries and among some populations the situation is particularly difficult. Low-income fragile and conflict-afflicted states are badly off-track in meeting progress towards the MDGs. In short, they are left with unfinished business to attend to. In parallel, and linked to the discussion on post-2015, is the global debate on sustainable development. Saying that it is increasingly clear – and it is his personal conviction – that efforts to end poverty must go hand-in-hand with global and national action on sustainability. As last year’s ERD report clearly showed, global problems like climate change, lack of energy access and scarcity of resources such as land and water threaten to destroy any gains made in fighting poverty, with the poorest countries hardest hit again. So a post-2015 framework must embody both poverty eradication and sustainable development. As the world’s largest collective donor of development aid and a world leader in fighting climate change and promoting the low-carbon economy, the EU takes its responsibilities in taking up the twin challenges of poverty eradication and sustainable development very seriously. That’s what has prompted the European Commission to formulate a single, overarching vision for an EU position on the post-2015 framework which brings together the strands of poverty, sustainability, equity and security. The result? A comprehensive and coherent response to future challenges called A Decent Life for All: ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future. It is a vision that he believes can work. It is a vision that he knows enjoys strong support in many quarters. But equally there are others who are not yet convinced that they need this kind of comprehensive approach. He travelled last month to India and Bali, in the framework of his participation to the UN High Level Panel on the post-2015 agenda. He can tell that, for different reasons, India or Brazil for instance are still very much focused on sheer poverty alleviation and believe that sustainability issues should be dealt with in a separate agenda. Saying that they therefore have still some work to do to persuade them of the merits in their vision. 00:17:34
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00:00:00 SOUNDBITE by Marianne Thyssen, Member of the EC in charge of Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, (in ENGLISH): Thank you for this invitation to address this timely and topical conference.It offers a perfect opportunity to update you on the European Commission's on-going work towards, what we call, a triple A social rating for our Union.Our commitment to this goal is a reflection of the changing realities in our 21st Century societies and economies.We are faced with complex challenges – from ageing populations to mass migration: While today, we have four people of working age for every retired person; just one generation away, there will only be two.We are also living in an era of globalisation, where innovation and progress are driven by digitalisation and new business models. As consumers, we have embraced these developments – just look at the success of Uber or AirBnB.As workers, we see increasingly digitalised 'always on' work environments - which not only skew the work-life balance, but also change the core of our workplace and industrial relations.As legislators we see the limits of law and taxation increasingly challenged and in need of rethinking by new business models.But as policymakers, we must harness and optimise the opportunities they present. And, we must respond effectively to avoid that these developments lead to a path of precariousness.There is now growing evidence and global consensus that inequality acts as a break on economic development.A realisation is emerging that Europe – and the eurozone in particular –needs a compass for upwards convergence.Our proposal for a European Pillar of Social Rights is a response to this.As they now stand, our social safety nets do not necessarily 'catch all' and are not always preventive.And, they don't always cater for non-linear career patterns – which are now becoming the norm – especially for young people.The time has come to ask ourselves:Do our current social laws and policies really enable people's full participation in the economy and society?Do they prevent social and economic risks from materialising?Are our citizens adequately protected against such new risks?And, essentially, is the European social model still fit for purpose? 00:04:18
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00:00:00 Speech by Vytenis Andriukaitis, Member of the EC in charge of Health and Food Safety (in ENGLISH):I was born in Stalin Goulag and grew there in the Polar Circle, and when I saw for the first time such potatoes, such an amount of potatoes would help our family to stay alive for 5 days. Today we are wasting 1 kilo of food everyday per family, is it unethical, immoral or unbelievable.I am therefore delighted to be here with you today to inaugurate the very first meeting of the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste.This Platform has been established by the Commission to lead EU efforts to fight food losses and waste from farm to fork and make solid progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of halving food waste between now and 2030.Food waste is also closely related to other Sustainable Development Goals – zero hunger, good health and well-being, and life on land among others.This is why I am certain that everyone here in this room shares the sense of urgency to tackle food waste.This needless loss of precious natural and nutritional resources in the food value chain is unethical and immoral. It is shameful to throw away food in the world where more than eight hundred million people go to bed hungry.It carries substantial environmental, economic and indeed -humanitarian consequences that are simply unacceptable.By clarifying and monitoring resource flows in the food value chain, including food waste, we can help to identify input materials for other industrial uses, thereby promoting bio-economy.Social innovation initiatives – aiming for instance to facilitate the use and re-use of surplus food – create new business models and job opportunities to address new needs and service requirements.Let me mention that our work on food reformulation in order to propose healthier and more sustainable food product compositions goes hand in hand with the work done on food waste. Indeed, solutions proposed can lead to better product quality and shelf life.We all know the facts. In the EU, around 88 million tonnes of food waste are generated annually with related costs estimated at EUR 143 billion.88 million tonnes is a huge number. Even replacing it with elephants, airplanes or Eiffel Towers it remains just as incomprehensible. Imagine though, the quantity of food equivalent in weight to 96 (ninety-six) Atomiums is wasted in the EU – in just one day!And while 20% of food produced in the EU is lost or wasted, at the same time 55 million people are not able to afford a quality meal every second day. Not to mention animals slaughtered in vain or climate-changing CO2 emissions irretrievably emitted.So who is responsible and what can we do?We are all responsible. Every person – and every country— needs to minimize food waste as part of the fight against poverty and hunger. Fighting food waste requires us to "rethink" collectively how we produce, market, distribute and consume food.We all can do our part – as individuals at home; as stakeholders – retailers, producers, restaurant owners, farmers or community leaders – we can all contribute to reducing this enormous problem.So I would like us to agree that we all have the mission to fight this battle and to become – using a nice expression which I recently learned in a food waste restaurant in Finland – a "food rescuer"! There are many good examples in other Member States, too. But what I particularly liked about this one was that there was a social aspect to it: jobs created for the young and the long-term unemployed.I am confident that this new Platform, which brings together both public and private interests, will allow many good practices like this one to emerge and help strengthen co-operation and accelerate our progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goal targets for food waste reduction in the EU – in particular to cut by 50% both retail and consumer food waste by 2030.The Commission's Communication on the Circular Economy called on Member States to meet those targets and all of them committed to do so.This commitment is clearly expressed in the Commission's proposal for the revision of waste legislation which would require Member States to: reduce food waste at each stage of the food supply chain (including households); monitor food waste levels; and report back on progress.The proposal also provides a legal base for adoption by the Commission of a methodology to measure food waste in the EU.********************************************************************Let me briefly set out 5 key areas of action as we look to the future:First, the Commission will elaborate a common EU methodology to measure food waste consistently in cooperation with Member States and stakeholders.In doing so, we will build on the excellent work of the EU-funded research project FUSIONS – whose manual can be used by Member States, in cooperation with stakeholders, to quantify food waste levels at each stage of the supply chain.Second, surplus food that is safe should, as a priority, be made available to people in need. At the moment, it is often easier to waste food than to give it away and this is simply unacceptable.For this reason, the Commission will develop, in co-operation with Member States and stakeholders, guidelines to facilitate food donation in the EU. The new guidelines will clarify – as and where necessary – the food safety and food hygiene regulations with which food business operators must comply, as well as the fiscal rules applicable to food donation.Third, the Commission will clarify and – wherever possible – lift any barriers which prevent the safe use of food resources along the food and feed chain.I refer here, for instance, to the use of so-called "former foodstuffs" (such as unsold bread or broken biscuits) which are safe to eat but are no longer marketed for human consumption, as a possible resource for animal feed.We need to ensure that such valorisation is not considered as "waste" anywhere in the EU and also ensure proper traceability of such food resources, so that they can be safely used in animal feed production.Fourth, the Commission will also examine ways to improve the use of date marking in the food chain; and also its understanding by consumers."Best before" and "use by" dates found on food labelling guide not only consumers' choice and use of foods, but more generally are a crucial element of food supply chain management.The Commission has recently launched new research to map date marking practices by food business operators and control authorities. Together with consumer research and other findings, this study will help inform future policies on date marking.Last but certainly not least the reason why we are here today. The Commission has established this new Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste bringing together Member State experts, EU bodies, international organisations and all actors across the food value chain including Non-Governmental Organisations.This Platform will help us to define the measures needed to achieve the food waste Sustainable Development Goals. In fact, it aims to help us get there faster by: facilitating inter-sector co-operation; sharing best practices and results; and evaluating progress made over time.The Platform will represent the cornerstone of the outlined strategy to fight food waste by providing advice, experience and expertise to the Commission and Member States with the view to improve the coherent implementation and application of EU legislation, programmes and policies.To fight food waste and promote the circular economy, we need to redesign our food supply chain, minimising waste and optimising resource use to generate value for consumers, producers and society.This requires a shared understanding of the issues at stake and close cooperation between all concerned to implement real and lasting change.********************************************************************I am confident that the EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste can and will deliver – to provide the forum needed to accelerate our progress towards the SDG food waste target.I am myself personally committed to this goal as member of the global Champions coalition of high level executives charged with mobilising action worldwide to achieve this SDG food waste target by 2030.In this capacity, I would like to lay down a challenge to all Platform members.While activity in relation to food waste prevention has grown in recent years, today only a few Member States have put in place national food waste prevention programmes and set targets to achieve food waste reduction in cooperation with all concerned.By the end of my mandate in 2019, I would like the EU to be the region leading global efforts to fight food waste with active national food waste prevention programmes in place in all countries and involving all key stakeholders.********************************************************************Ladies and Gentlemen,Rethinking our food systems might seem a daunting task, requiring actual superpowers. It certainly requires commitment, creativity and co-operation.The EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste brings together a wealth of broad expertise and experience from the scientific community, government, business and civil society.I thank you in advance for your active involvement which will help foster the cross-fertilisation of ideas, and support the definition of multi-sectorial solutions and the business cases needed to build healthy and sustainable food systems – where food waste is minimised and value gained from food produced is maximised.I will follow the Platform's work closely and look forward to hearing your reflections and contributions.And don't forget: be a hero – rescue food, rescue people, rescue planet!Thank you. 00:13:40
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00:00:00 SOUNDBITE by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, (in ENGLISH) reminded that job creation was the biggest challenge in the region and a top priority of the European Neighbourhood Policy. He said that at least 5 million new jobs need to be created every year to employ a growing workforce and to ensure social inclusion. To reach this target, economic growth in the region should accelerate to above 6%.He pointed to another key issue, support for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), especially in terms of access to finance. He explained that 6 million MSMEs in the region represent the largest opportunity for economic growth and job creation, since they account for 90% of total employment.Johannes Hahn also stressed the importance of developing trade among Southern partners and encouraging foreign direct investment to the Southern Neighbourhood Region. He believes that digital technology, which is now part of everybody’s daily life, can help promote private sector-led growth and employment.Finally, he reminded that the EU had invested 1 billion euro in economic development since 2011, added to the 2 billion euros per year that are provided within the Neighbourhood Investment Facility for project financing in the Southern Neighbourhood. He concluded by saying that support for economic stabilisation and development has been an important pillar of the Euro Mediterranean Partnership in the past and remains a key priority for the future. 00:16:28
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00:00:00 SOUNDBITE by Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, (in ENGLISH) talking about the Maltese Presidency from the beginning of 2017, saying that it is a very important phase because between 2014 and 2019, Malta is the only Mediterranean country chairing the EU, so there are high expectations. Saying that this is also about dealing with the neighbours in the south and a presidency is usually dealing with topics that are also in their particular interest. Saying he will use this opportunity to share his political priorities for the coming months and also saying a few words about the situation in the EU. Saying that there were a lot of complains after outcome of the Brexit referendum, that the oldest category of participants in the referendum have voted with a 2/3 majority in favour of leaving, while the youngest category voted to stay in the EU. Asking the young people to participate when their future is being discussed and underlining that it is not sufficient to participate in social media, but it is important to go into the voting booths. Saying that the events in Nice and in Turkey, even if different one form another, are reminders of the challenges we are all facing. Saying that EU will continue to support the countries close to its borders, and that the EU will enhance the dialogue in key areas including economic development, security, energy security, connectivity, migration and mobility and also governance. Saying that the core objective of the Revised European Neighbourhood policy is the stabilisation. The Commission is already discussing partnership priorities with Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt and started exploratory contacts on how enhance the future relations with Algeria and Tunisia. In addition, The Commission is also negotiating the so called compacts with Lebanon and Jordan to help them address the consequences of the Syrian crisis with a particular emphasis on the impact of hosting huge numbers of refugees. Saying that the EU has speeded the international response to the Syrian crisis having collectively mobilised already over 6.6 billion euros. Thanks Malta because its contribution to the trust fund in Africa is per capita the highest contribution of a European member state country, but for the Syrian trust fund there is still come room for improvement. Saying that we should look ahead to the first half of 2017 because Malta's EU Presidency can make a major contribution in a number of key areas. At a regional level he welcomes the great support that Malta is providing in number of UFM ministerial meetings foreseen during the Maltese EU Presidency. Saying that he appreciates the support provided by Malta to cooperate between the EU and the League of Arab States, especially by hosting the League of Arab States Liaison Office. Saying that Malta has proved to be committed to work for a durable solution for the many challenges facing the region that is so full of contradictions: natural beauty and deep poverty; vast culture and intense conflict; cradle of civilisation and source of so many divisions. 00:28:30
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00:00:00 SOUNDBITE by Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, (in ENGLISH): Honourable President, Honourable Members of the European Parliament.Today, the European Commission made a major advance towards creating a true Digital Single Market for Europe, with two new packages of initiatives.The first will boost cross-border online trading across Europe: removing barriers, raising consumer confidence and ending discrimination.The second responds to new digital realities, with a modern policy approach to online platforms and broadcasting rules.Both packages reflect commitments that the Commission made in its DSM strategy that I presented to this House in Strasbourg one year ago.Both are vital for a properly functioning DSM across all countries of the European Union.Let me begin with the e-commerce package.We want to open up the e-commerce market so that it becomes truly pan-European, with fair conditions for consumers and business across the EU's internal borders.While more and more goods and services are traded over the internet, cross-border online sales within the EU are only growing slowly.This should change. Consumers as well as businesses deserve better. They should not be limited to their domestic markets.They should be able to make the best of the opportunities offered by Europe's single market in the digital age.Our package addresses three main areas:- first: it will prevent unjustified discrimination, online as well as offline.In a true single market, you should not be discriminated against based on your nationality, residence or place of establishment.However, that does not mean making companies sell or deliver goods in every EU market.But if a consumer comes to their online store, they should be treated as if they were locals – not treated differently. But this would not include the obligation to deliver: traders would not be required to deliver cross-border but sell to them as to customers from their own country.- second: it will increase transparency of parcel delivery prices, encourage competition, and make regulatory oversight of cross-border parcel delivery services more effective.This will help consumers get a better and affordable deal, also a wider choice.It will help small e-retailers to reach new customers.It will create more business for delivery providers.And to be clear: there is no intention of imposing a single price across Europe.- third: our package will raise consumer and SME trust in e-commerce by clarifying the nature of unfair commercial practices and strengthening the enforcement of consumer rights across borders.It will also strengthen cooperation between national consumer protection authorities.Together, these measures aim to remove the main barriers to e-commerce.President, Honourable MembersOnline platforms are a new reality to which Europe should respond - and should embrace.In a short time, they have transformed our daily lives: how we sell, shop and travel; how we learn, create and are entertained. They bring many benefits to consumers, to wider society, to industry, business and SMEs.The guiding principle and objective is to create the right conditions for platforms to innovate, scale up and grow in the DSM.But they should do so in a fair and open atmosphere.That means equal conditions for fair and open competition.Everyone involved in the market – traditional and online service providers – should play by the same rules, with no discrimination.Our assessment has shown that platforms are innovative, have a positive impact on our economy, and increase competitiveness.It shows that the EU is quite good in areas such as the app economy, health, finance and the collaborative economy.In order to thrive, all platforms - including European ones - need a legal environment that gives them certainty.This is why we are very clear in our communication: there will be no horizontal new regulation or regulator for platforms.We will not change the current e-commerce framework and its liability provisions.Of course, platforms - as well as all internet providers and online intermediaries - have to respect EU law and fundamental rights.They also have to act responsibly regarding content, and keep their activities transparent. These are important principles.This is why we are taking a problem-driven approach.It means that if we see an issue with platforms in relation to copyright, we solve it in our copyright rules.If there is an issue related to telecoms, we solve it in our telecom package.The first steps in this have already been taken today, with our proposal on the audio-visual media services directive, where online platforms are a part of this instrument's new scope.The principles that I mentioned also apply to broadcasting, where the significant presence of online platforms and video-on-demand providers has transformed viewing habits and behaviour.Today's rules need to change to reflect this new reality – and make sure that everyone follows the same rules.Since it has worked well, there is no need to change the 'country of origin' principle. Media service providers will continue to be subject to the rules of the country where they are based. 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00:00:00 SOUNDBITE by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): In times of multiple crises we tend to focus on the most recent one. But particularly in times like this we cannot lose sight of the conflict in Israel and Palestine. We need to shake life back into the peace process and do it as a matter of urgency because violence is on the rise every single day with victims on both sides. And we risk a new escalation and the very chance of peace is slipping away. And we cannot afford it. Too many Israelis and too many Palestinians are losing hope, but despair can only lead to more violence. And we have a responsibility to give credibility to the perspective of peace. This is why the European Union has invested so much in the Quartet on the Middle East, working together with the United States, Russia and the United Nations. And this is why we have words on the reports that we present today. For the first time in over a decade, together with our international partners, we have set out what the threats to peace are, and what needs to be done to recreate the conditions for meaningful final status of negotiations. First, the parties must work to de-escalate tensions and strengthen security cooperation. The Israeli policy of settlement construction and expansion has to come to an end. The Palestinians have to combat terrorism and refrain from all incitements of violence. The militancy built up in Gaza has to stop, while the movement restrictions need to be lifted quickly. Second, both sides have to move towards a two-state solution on the ground. This means to empower the Palestinians to take full control of their lives. And it also means to take into account the Israelis' legitimate security concerns. Only the two sides can take responsibility for peace. The international community cannot substitute the parties. Only direct negotiations can lead to peace. But we need the political leaders to show their commitment and implement the recommendations of the report in full. At the same time, regional players have a key role to play. The Arab peace initiative offers a vision for a comprehensive vision of the Arab- Israeli conflict. And in times of regional turmoil, some new opportunities for peace have also raised and no one can afford to miss this opportunities. So starting with the small steps, and moving towards a real political process, we need this work to begin, with the Israelis and the Palestinians, with key Arab players, and with the whole international community. And the European Union will continue to play its role at full. 00:03:05
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00:00:00 SOUNDBITE by Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Digital Economy and Society, (in ENGLISH): I am happy to be here today with you to celebrate World Press Freedom Day to honour those who make a difference in protecting and defending media freedom and pluralism. The name you chose for this event - "Difference Day" - is therefore fitting. So many individuals and organisations do really make a difference, in Europe and beyond, in defending and enhancing these crucial values. I am thinking of the journalists who – in spite of the immense pressures they face – keep on working passionately in the pursuit of the highest ideals of their profession. These journalists are sometimes victims of threats, underpaid, or faced with precarious working conditions. I am also thinking of the media organisations that continue to guarantee that the journalism they broadcast or publish is free and unbiased: companies that carry on investing in high quality and innovative journalism, taking full advantage of the great opportunities of the digital world. They keep on supporting investigative journalism, which is very important, for example, in the fight against fraud and corruption. But I am also thinking of the academic community who informs the debate with data and analysis on media freedom and pluralism, which is an important contribution to our debate. And there are the many activists of civil society organisations that restlessly keep on pushing for high media freedom standards and for the right of everyone to express her- or himself freely. Elected representatives – including the Members of the European Parliament present here today – play an important role, too, by using their political influence and visibility to reinforce media freedom and pluralism. Last but not least, I am thinking of the citizens who not only consume but also increasingly produce media content, for example through social media. They contribute in this way directly to an open, democratic society and to a wider sharing of information. In some countries, these citizens take serious personal risks when tweeting or posting their opinions online. They keep reminding us how important it is for them – and for all of us – to be able to rely on a free and pluralistic media environment. What about the European Union and more specifically the European Commission? Can we also make a difference when it comes to media freedom and pluralism? As Commissioner in charge of media freedom and pluralism, I am convinced that the EU – and the Commission in particular - can, should, and actually does make a difference. I will try to explain to you how in a moment. Of course, it is mainly for Member States themselves to ensure media freedom and pluralism within their respective countries. However, as these values are fundamental for the functioning of modern democracies, the Commission also takes an active role in this area. Firstly, we are following with great interest developments in the Member States and will not hesitate to act as a watchdog for media freedom and pluralism, when EU law is at stake. We are also very serious about media freedom considerations in our legislative endeavours, in particular as regards the independence of national audiovisual regulators. I am convinced that national audiovisual regulators can only be fully effective when they are truly independent from governments. This is a crucial aspect, and I therefore consider the upcoming revision of the EU Audiovisual Media Services Directive an opportunity to strengthen the independence requirements for media regulators. The Commission also acts as a facilitator, encouraging and helping – including through financial support – public and private organisations or NGOs to enhance media freedom and pluralism. For example, we finance two independent projects coordinated by the Leipzig-based European Centre for Press and Media Freedom. These projects address media freedom violations in the EU and neighbouring countries. They observe, research, register, and report violations to both the public and the relevant authorities. And they organise help for threatened journalists, including legal support. Another EU-financed project is the online platform that maps violations of media freedom and pluralism in the EU and beyond. This innovative, crowd-sourced tool shows violations almost in real-time, making it possible to see that daily attacks against media freedom and threats to journalists are still a sad reality. The Media Pluralism Monitor tool is another EU-financed pilot project that makes an important contribution to having a clearer picture on potential risks to media pluralism. It is run independently by the European University Institute in Florence to identify dangers to media pluralism in Member States. The tool is currently being applied in all EU Member States and two candidate countries, Turkey and Montenegro. These projects have worked and continue to work in coordination and cooperation with other initiatives in the field of media freedom and pluralism, for example those carried out by the Council of Europe. I know that you will be learning more about some of these projects throughout the day. Last, but not least, I would like say a few words on copyright, which is a fundamental tool to protect fruit of journalistic work. As many of you know, the Commission is currently preparing a modernisation of copyright rules to create a modern, more European copyright framework. Our current copyright rules were drafted at a time where many of today's possibilities to disseminate and share ideas and knowledge did not exist. I strongly believe that copyright is also of paramount importance for the issues that we talked about today, namely how to guarantee press freedom and how to encourage quality journalism, including online. An independent and pluralistic publishing sector is of particular importance for the creation of high-quality journalism in the digital age. Equally, it is indispensable for our society, cultural Diversity and democratic participation. Journalists and those that invest in their work – publishers - must be able to keep on playing their fundamental role to ensure high quality news reporting in our societies. We are therefore currently gathering views about the role of publishers in the copyright value chain, and for this purpose we launched a public consultation on 23 March 2016. This consultation aims at gathering views on the challenges faced by publishers in the digital environment as a result of the current copyright legal framework. We are also asking about the impact that a possible change in EU law to grant publishers a new neighbouring right would have on them and on the whole publishing value chain. We are also looking specifically at the position of authors and creators, including of course that of journalists. How can we help them to conclude fair contracts? How can we make sure that they receive a fair share of the benefits which their creativity will generate on online platforms? These are the questions that the Commission is looking into at the moment. I am determined to find answers to all these difficult questions in time for them to be part of our copyright modernisation package that we will adopt later this year. Ladies and gentlemen, We are here to celebrate those who – day after day, article after article, tweet after tweet – take a stand to defend their freedom to report facts and make their voice and opinions heard. They enrich the public arena with their ideas and opinions, and they improve the quality of political debate in our democratic society. We celebrate those women and men who stand up to political and commercial pressure, who face financial difficulties and who are sometimes under serious threat, including in Europe. We salute, support, and encourage their actions. We must remain vigilant and, when necessary, act promptly to defend media freedom and pluralism. 00:13:16
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00:00:00 SOUNDBITE by Werner Hoyer, President of the European Investment Bank (EIB), (in ENGLISH) saying that Europe needed to wake up to the challenge of digitalisation or risk seeing its industries swept away by competitors. Saying that we are running the risk of being left behind. If we don't speed up with our infrastructure in data transmission - which is not only a question of networks but also data processing capacity - we will be lost. That's the difference between the third and fourth industrial revolutions. In the fourth, we do not talk about amenities for consumers but basic industrial necessities which industry needs to compete in the next decades. It's time to wake up and speed up. He is reiterating the need to overcome non-financial barriers to make a success of the Investment Plan for Europe. 00:20:41
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00:00:00 SOUNDBITE by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): It is such an honour for me to join this Global Forum. When I think of the speakers in the past editions – from Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres to so many US Presidents – I can only feel humbled, and grateful, for your invitation.I’m also particularly happy to be here with Susan and Claudia. In our meetings it happens so often to be the only woman in the room. Today AJC is sending a pretty powerful message with this “women-only” Global Leaders’ session. Well done! And today we somehow talk about women, and men, and their lives.This is a very special day and moment to join you, for so many reasons. It is a delicate moment for America. It is a difficult moment for Europe, and for the Middle East – and in a few days we will present, together with the other leaders of the Middle East Quartet, a report on how to preserve the two-State solution, and turn it into reality.Today is also the first day of Ramadan. And I am sure you will allow me to wish our Muslim friends all the best, and to do it from here. Because one thing Europeans have learnt – or rather, should have learnt, in our long history – is that religions should unite people, and when they don’t, we are all in trouble.But today also marks the anniversary of D-Day, and there could be no better opportunity to be here and celebrate the friendship between Europe and the United States.On D-Day a new chapter in our common history began. The free people of the world stood up against Nazism and Fascism. My generation can only remember the stories we heard from our grandparents. Just two days before D-Day, the Allied forces had liberated my hometown, Rome. We must all keep in mind how much we owe to those who sacrificed for our own liberty – be they Europeans or Americans, all togetherThat was not simply a battle between two armies. On D-Day President Roosevelt reminded the whole world, what the Allied forces were fighting for: (I quote) “They fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise.”And they won. In fact, that day we all won – because it was a victory against tyranny and racism. We all won, against the mad idea that one nation, one people, one ideology should enslave all others. That society would be stronger, “perfect,” with all differences eliminated, with all people identical, with all diversity destroyed.But we won. We won against the Holocaust, the shame of our continent and of all human history.The Americans who died in Normandy, were not just fighting for America, but for the whole of us. They were black and white, Christians, non-believers – and Jews. And as an Italian, I can only be grateful to the Jewish Brigade for their contribution to the liberation of Italy.The possibility of a free and united Europe, was born on that day, on D-Day. And it was born thanks to our American friends. Our continent rose up, with America’s economic support, and friendship. The Transatlantic bond is written in our European Union’s DNA.This does not mean we didn’t have our tough moments. The AJC’s Transatlantic Institute was funded during one of those bad moments – back in 2004, at the height of the crisis sparked by the war in Iraq. And we must truly be thankful to the American Jewish Committee and to the Baruch [read: Barùsh] family for having invested in our friendship right when we needed it the most. True friends know how to overcome difficult moments.The very night Barack Obama got elected in 2008, he spoke clearly about “alliances to repair.” Eight years later, our alliance couldn’t be in better shape. And let me tell you: Whoever the next President will be, I can only hope that our European Union and the United States of America will keep working together, as we’ve done in the past years. Hand in hand, always. Because in difficult times, there’s nothing you need more than good friends. Both Europe and America need our friendship to remain strong. Is the entire world needs our friendship to remain strong. In Europe, we know it well. I’m sure Americans know it too. 00:06:36
00:00:00 SOUNDBITE by David Nabarro, Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, (in ENGLISH) giving some welcoming words to open the closing session and introducing the speakers in the framework of the European Development Days (EDD) at Tour et Taxi in Brussels, Belgium 00:06:44
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00:00:00 Karl-Heinz Grasser, ministre fédéral autrichien des Finances et président en exercice du Conseil, (en ANGLAIS) disant que le Conseil est satisfait de la situation économique de l'UE; sur le programme de la présidence autrichienne; sur les perspectives financières; sur l'initiative Croissance et emploi; sur les programmes de stabilité et de convergence; sur le déficit excessif britannique; sur les taux réduits de TVA (19:41:20); disant qu'un accord a été conclu à 22 Etats membres (sans la République tchèque, la Pologne et Chypre); sur l'annexe K; sur le chauffage urbainLászló Kovács, membre de la CE chargé de la Fiscalité et de l'Union douanière, (en ANGLAIS) disant que l'objectif de la CE était de contribuer à un accord sur les taux réduits de TVA; sur l'annexe K; sur le chauffage urbainQuestions des journalistes (19:50:14) 00:47:42
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00:00:00 Frank-Walter Steinmeier, ministre fédéral allemand des Affaires étrangères et président en exercice du Conseil (en ALLEMAND) disant qu'ils ont discuté du statut final du Kosovo et ont insité les deux parties à trouver un compromis réaliste; disant que le Conseil signale son engagement en faveur d'une résolution sur le statut du Kosovo; sur leur visite de la troika à la Serbie au lendemain des élections; appelant à la formation rapide d'un gouvernement en Serbie; sur le Proche-Orient suite aux accords de La Mecque; appelant à la formation d'un gouvernement d'union nationale; sur l'engagement du Quartet dans le processus de paix; sur les négociations avec l'Iran; sur l'Afghanistan et le renforcement de la présence civile et militaire de l'UE dans le pays; sur la Somalie.Javier Solana, secrétaire général du Conseil de l'UE et Haut représentant pour la PESC, (en ANGLAIS) sur la Serbie et le Kosovo; sur le Proche-Orient; sur l'Afghanistan et la formation des policiers afghans par l'UE; sur l'Iran.Benita Ferrero-Waldner, membre de la CE chargée des Relations extérieures et de la Politique européenne de voisinage (en ALLEMAND) sur le Proche-Orient et le mécanisme temporaire international; sur l'Afghanistan, en particulier concernant l'Etat de droit et la réforme du système judiciaire.Olli Rehn, membre de la CE chargé de l'Elargissement, (en ANGLAIS) sur la Serbie, la création d'un gouvernement pro-européen et la coopération avec le Tribunal pénal international pour l'ex-Yougoslavie, deux conditions essentielles à la conclusion des négociations pour l'accord de stabilisation et d'association; sur le Kosovo.Questions des journalistes (17:38:37) 00:45:22
00:00:00 Wolfgang Schäuble, ministre fédéral allemand de l'Intérieur et président en exercice du Conseil, disant (en ALLEMAND) que le Conseil a approuvé l'intégration dans l'ordre juridique de l'UE des parties du traité de Prüm; qu'ils ont discuté de l'immigration illégale et du renforcement de l'agence Frontex; que la coopération entre l'Europe et des pays d'où proviennent les illégaux doit être plus efficace; qu'ils ont eu des discussions de fond destinées à traiter des questions de politique intérieure; que les prochains mois de la présidence allemande seront mis à profit pour faire avancer ces dossiers au bénéfice des citoyens européens.Franco Frattini, vice-président de la CE chargé de la Justice, de la Liberté et de la Sécurité, disant (en ANGLAIS) que la réunion a été très fructueuse notamment grâce à l'intégration dans l'ordre juridique de l'UE des parties du traité de Prüm relatives à la coopération policière et judiciaire en matière pénale, à l'exception de l'article 18; qu'il est heureux que Frontex rencontre un tel engouement de la part des Etats membres; qu'il présentera bientôt le projet de "Réseau d'information Migration"; que Louis Michel s'est rendu au Mali pour mettre en place une expérience pilote destinée à créer un centre commun entre l'UE et le gouvernement malien; que le problème des réfugiés irakiens en Suède fait l'objet de toutes les attentions; que le Conseil a approuvé le nouveau calendrier révisé pour le SIS II qui sera opérationnel à la mi-décembre 2008Questions des journalistes (13:44:00) 00:50:47