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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Statement by the candidate Commission President (debate)

  Eva Maydell (PPE). – Mr President, I would like to say to the Commission President—designate that we need to make sure that Europe reaches each and every European. Europe is not simply or just Brussels or Strasbourg. Europe is each and every one of us. Europe must not be more for some and less for others. We need to make sure that Europe reaches every village, town, boy, girl, student, professional, every citizen through a well thought out multiannual financial framework (MFF) and initiatives. No European should leave their region for an economic reason.

Rules should apply to all. When countries such as Bulgaria fulfil the Schengen criteria, they should indeed be part of it. So, Madam President-designate, will you engage with Member States in the Council that find it difficult to recognise that these criteria have been fulfilled? On the euro area, in order not to be seen as a club for some, if countries fulfil the criteria do you foresee the enlargement of the euro area in the next five years?

Also every business, every entrepreneur and every SME has problems employing prepared and skilled professionals. Shouldn’t we be a little bit more ambitious and take decisive action in upskilling our people? After today, it will be very important that we implement the talk, and I’m ready to walk alongside you in delivering a stable energy market and a forward—looking and modernising industry, one that embraces technology and innovation in order to make sure that our continent is even more competitive.

Last updated: 17 July 2019Legal notice