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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Preparation of the European Council meeting of 13 and 14 December 2018 (debate)

  Claude Moraes (S&D). – Madam President, the Commission President rightly said that Parliament had done its work on the central focus of this Presidency, and in the conclusions on security and on migration that is absolutely the case. The somewhat unrealistic European border and coastguard proposal – we delivered. Interoperability, ECRIS: everything we were asked to do, we delivered. But when it came to migration – where of course, as the Commission President said, we delivered everything we were asked to do – Dublin, the Asylum Procedures regulation, those files which are all interconnected – I say to the Council and to the Commission, those interconnected tough files – the majority of the files of any committee in this House – they are being split apart, and now the Commission asks us to adopt five of the seven files. I understand the expediency, but it represents a failure when in this House we want multilateralism, and we didn’t like the fact that, during the Presidency, we had a failure of multilateralism and of the global compact when the Presidency left the global compact.

We need courage. We need multilateralism in common solutions. We in the Parliament will deliver our part of the bargain. It’s a pity that we have had some failure in the Council and in these Council conclusions. Let’s try and make it positive before the end of this mandate.

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