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Wednesday, 27 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Conclusions of the European Council meeting of 21 and 22 March 2019 (debate)

  Georgi Pirinski (S&D). – Madam President, at the beginning of this session, President Tusk highlighted an initial text in the conclusions of the Council, namely ‘a strong economic base is of key importance for Europe’s prosperity and competitiveness’. And he pointed out that the Commission is invited to present by the end of 2019 a long—term vision for the EU’s industrial future with concrete measures to implement it.

Now, Mr President, I appeal to you – and through you to President Tusk, who for the moment has left, but I see he’s coming back – and to Vice—President Katainen: think carefully what this wording means. By the end of 2019, the Commission shall be presenting a long—term vision. This cannot be a technocratic exercise, Mr President. This should take into consideration the de—industrialisation of Central and Eastern Europe over the past decades. If we want to have a balanced industrial future, it has to take into consideration this central challenge for industry, jobs and growth.

At the beginning of this meeting, Mr President, you had to tackle the issue of mobility. Now, this is an example of services from Eastern Europe being driven out of the market by using legitimate social and labour concerns. This is something which should be avoided at all costs, and I do invite you to personally pursue and oversee how this industrial future paper will be transmitted from one Parliament to the other, from one commission to the other, because this is key to the future of Europe.

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