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Guenther Oettinger quotes
We have an annual budget of approximately €100 million. We are spending this money on European films. We cover production and distribution costs. Europe is more than a single market, it is a family and we can be proud of having such cultural diversity.
This is an indirect form of promotion of the European films. And we think that 20% is a reasonable figure. That means that up to 80% can be non-European products, American and Asian products.
I think it's a success story. A hundred million a year we are using to co-finance European film, European works and to send out a clear message says European content and says cultural diversity, under a European umbrella. I'm happy.
Many reasons exist for us to activate the 'Rule of Law mechanism' and for us to place Warsaw under monitoring.
We will do everything up until the 30th so that the Greeks show they are prepared to reform.
A 'Grexit' is not our aim but would be unavoidable if there is no solution in the next five days.
We have a European copyright coming from 2001. So we have to modernise our rules. We have to check which exemptions are needed going to a digital single market on a European Union level, what is acceptable for all these stake holders, which exemptions are needed, which business models need some special rules in our European Union.
Europe should hold out the prospect of further financial support to Turkey also beyond 2017.
Taking over full costs of the services that Turkey is providing by accommodating and caring for the refugees, the bill could easily add up to six or seven billion euros per year.
There is now no reason for people in Europe to stay cold this winter.
Our common ambition is to come to an interim solution, to come to a winter package, to solve our security of supply challenges for next winter… from now up to end of march 2015.
We are now in a far better position than five years ago.
And gas shortage also leads to cold apartments in Bulgaria, the Slovak Republic and in Hungary, which is not in our interest!
In the next weeks, there will be no problems. We will receive our gas volumes. Ukraine will have to decide whether they pay the gas in advance, which will be very expensive or if they use the amounts of gas they have in their storage. But that's exactly our problem because we (Europe) need full reserves for the winter.
Basically we welcome any investor from outside or within the European Union who invests in infrastructure in order to assure energy security for the citizens of Europe. But in the territory of the European Union they have to fully respect our single market and competition laws.
At the moment there is no reason for concern, at the moment in the member states the gas situation is good, the supply for industry and households has been maintained. Our storage capacities are fuller than a year ago.
I didn't exert any influence on this report. I didn't say 'here one cross needs to be added and there one needs to be removed'. No government or operating company has exerted any influence.
This shows how much the EU appreciates this project and cooperation in the region. We would welcome Kazakhstan's participation in the Southern Corridor in the future.
For the EU such a pipeline project will be a very important contribution to the development of the Southern Gas Corridor.
Plants are currently the basis for most biofuel production. That is why we have to make sure that neither rainforests nor any other fragile ecosystems are harmed in the process.
Nuclear will be a part of the member states' energy mix for a long time to come. Security and a new risk analysis are that much more important because of this.
They will move EU-wide safety ahead towards strict common standards, clear rules, in view of what is happening in Japan. I am sure, like everybody, that the member states, companies and regulators will participate, and that everybody will pay attention to the results.
We will answer that question little by little with our energy roadmap, our long-term strategy, by developing the energy mix after 2020 until 2050.
The risks of earthquakes, tsunami flooding, terrorist attacks, reliability of cooling systems, the dangers of power failures, emplacements' age and construction type… all these factors and more will be examined in stress tests, under common European Union criteria.
Do you think that one can simply turn off the machines on the oil platforms? Seeing our need for oil, that would be a mistake. And we wouldn't cut down on global extraction. We would only increase our dependence on imports, which is already too high.