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Wednesday, 3 July 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Election of the President of Parliament (second ballot) (announcement of results)

  Ska Keller, on behalf of the Verts/ALE Group. – Mr President, congratulations on your election. We are looking forward to working with you. I think ‘rights of the Parliament’ are exactly the right words, this is exactly what we need to discuss, because so far as Parliament we have always been working on increasing, advancing, the rights of Parliament because that also means increasing the rights of the citizens.

Right now our position on that is being challenged, as we all know, so we have to make sure that were not giving up on that, that we’re working on further improving and increasing European democracy. That is our task and we cannot give up on that. We also need to continue to work to support the idea that someone for Commission president should have been, and should be, a lead candidate.

We need to work on transnationalists, but we also need to do our work inside the European Parliament because it needs to have us to push for all these democratic rights, and there we also need to do some work when it comes to transparency inside the European Parliament.

So I’ve mentioned that, but I would also like to ask you something else, Mr President. You remember the resolutions that we had in the last legislature about how to prevent and what to do about sexual harassment, which is also a problem inside the European Parliament, unfortunately. I ask you and urge you to take those resolutions seriously, because people might be patient but people who are victims certainly should not be.

And then there’s one more issue. We are here today as the Greens/EFA Group and we are missing one of our Members who is not able to come here because his Member State has not put forward his name, even though he has been elected as a Member of the European Parliament. Through no fault of his own he cannot be here today, so I would like to ask you to look into the case and help us to restore the parliamentary rights of Mr Oriol Junqueras.

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