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Dé Máirt, 16 Iúil 2019 - Strasbourg Eagrán sealadach

Statement by the candidate Commission President (debate)
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  Seán Kelly (PPE). – A Uachtaráin, a Ursula, ar dtús báire, fáilte Uí Cheallaigh romhat go Parlaimint na hEorpa agus tá súil agam go n-éireoidh go geal leat.

For a woman who was plucked from relative obscurity a little over two weeks ago, your performance since, and especially here today, has been truly remarkable. You’ve shown that you’re a woman of great talent, confidence, perspective and calmness, and are well equipped to do the job of Commission President, which I hope you will get this evening by at least 400 plus votes.

You mentioned many areas of great importance. The one that mattered most in the European elections was climate change and I welcome your practical approach to that. The one thing I would ask you is to ensure that, as we move to a low—carbon economy, nobody is left behind. We have to have a just transition for all – the turf cutter from Ireland, the steelworker from Germany, the dairy farmer from Italy and the coal miner from Poland.

Spitzenkandidaten have also been mentioned. You are, in some respects, the victim or the beneficiary of it, whichever way you look at it. Would you agree with me that you might set up a working group of nominees from the Council, the Parliament and the Commission to come forward with proposals as to how this can work in the future? In that way, you could rescue the process.

I was also very pleased with what you said about Brexit and your consistency in the answers you gave to me at the EPP Group reiterated here today in relation to the backstop, the Withdrawal Agreement and flexibility in regard to an extension if necessary. I would ask you to further underline your support for Ireland in the future, as we had unwavering support from Jean-Claude Juncker, Michel Barnier, etc.

Finally, I just want to say to you that gender equality is something that you are in the ideal position to lead and we look forward to that.

 
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