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António Vitorino

António Vitorino

António Vitorino, born in 1957 in Lisbon, holds a degree in law from the University of Lisbon and ...
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"Solidarity that unites" and "cooperation that strengthens"

on December 17, 2013, 13:15
Interview - António Vitorino

Our President António Vitorino takes a stand on the main issues of the European council of the 19th and 20th of December 2013, in an interview covering banking union, structural reforms' implementation, the social dimension of the EMU and European defence.

António Vitorino answers to the six following questions :

1 – The European Council's agenda includes a number of major decisions on the banking union project : what can we reasonably expect in that connection?

2 – This European Council is also going to have to take a more concrete stance on the social dimension of the EMU : what are the issues primarily at stake, in your view?

3 – Do you think that the European Council should embrace the notion of "contractual arrangements" and financial aid for countries committing to structural reform?

4 - Should the European Council send out specific signals to "countries under programmes", some of which are due to return to the markets in 2014?

5 – This European Council is devoted to the issue of European defence. What decisions and conclusions do you expect from it?

6 – In your view, what are the main obstacles standing in the way of a strengthening of European defence, and what are the right ways and means to overcome those obstacles?

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