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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Statement by the candidate Commission President (debate)

  Bas Eickhout (Verts/ALE). – Madam President, I would like to thank Minister von der Leyen for her speech. Compared to last week, that’s a huge step, but it really makes me wonder what we are voting for and who we are voting for. There’s so much changing and there’s so much unclear now. For example, on climate change you are fiddling around with the minus 50, minus 55, but what is Europe going officially to put on the table when Paris officially starts in December 2020? It is still unclear. You mentioned in your programme the biodiversity strategy, but there is no word on agricultural policies. What are you going to do about the current reform of agricultural policies?

And then extending ETS to traffic. What does that mean? The carbon prices we need in order to make sure our cars get clean are way higher than those we have now. This sounds like the tune of the German car industry – they would love to see these prices instead of the CO2 standards.

Finally, on the rule of law, there have been some very good words, but one concrete action, so do you support the European Parliament in its Article 7 procedure against Hungary? It’s time you became concrete on that.

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