Story title European Council - October 2013 (Day 1)
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The European Council takes place on 24 and 25 October 2013, in Brussels.

Video title Arrival and doorstep EP President (Schulz)
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Arrival and doorstep by Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament, prior to the European Council taking place on 24 October 2013 in Brussels.

Reference 100513 Video infos Mpg4 / PAL - 16:9 Duration 00:02:34 Type Doorstep
Shooting date 24-10-2013 Country Belgium Town Brussels    
Background

The European Council focuses on competitiveness, growth and jobs, addressing in particular the following issues:

- digital economy, innovation and services, setting guidelines for the completion of the
Digital Single Market by 2015 and the European Research Area by 2014;

- implementation of efforts to boost the economy, with emphasis on the Investment Plan
for Europe agreed last June, as well as simplification of regulation; and the Youth
Employment Initiative which should be fully operational by January 2014;

- progress on the completion of the EU’s economic and monetary union (EMU), in
particular as regards strengthened policy coordination, the social dimension of the
EMU and the banking union.

Heads of State and government are also briefed by the Presidency on the state of play
concerning preparations for the Eastern Partnership Summit, which will take place in Vilnius, on 28-29 November 2013. Finally they will discuss the recent tragic accidents in the Mediterranean as well as current work aimed at ensuring more efficient use of existing policies and tools.

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Arrival of Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament

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Soundbite (German) Reporter

As the French and the Germans are being spied on, should we not do something more at a European level than just protest?

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Soundbite (German) Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament

This is a moment where we need to reflect what the Free Trade Agreement means. The Parliament has shown yesterday with its vote on the cancellation of the SWIFT agreement that for us a limit has been reached. When you approach a negotiation and you need to be afraid that the other side, friends of democracy, has already spied out what you are going to say in that negotiation, then we are not talking about equal partners any more. So we need to discuss with our American friends which standards we are going to set. I am in favour of a Free Trade Agreement, but when the German Head of State is spied on by alleged friends, in a way that would be expected from an enemy, and if this should be confirmed to be true, then we should talk with the USA about how their secret services are out of control.

Keywords : United States | Schulz | free trade | USA surveillance | SWIFT Duration : 00:01:21

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Soundbite (German) Martin SCHULZ, President of the European Parliament

If I knew that all EU intelligence agencies would respect such standards, I would be happy. Must discuss what they can do. Standard: a democratic country must not spy on head of state of another democratic country, that would be a first step.

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