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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Statement by the candidate Commission President (debate)

  Claudia Gamon (Renew). – Mr President, I really hope that Ms von der Leyen will succeed. I’m not convinced today, but I wish to be convinced by the end of her mandate. If we want to tackle climate change, if we want to define the digital age by European standards, we need to stop disappointing people by always just enforcing the lowest common denominator. We need to surprise them with our ambition and we need to surprise them by supporting the biggest common goal, the biggest common vision that we all have.

I agree with many of the points that you raised today, Ms von der Leyen, but we all know that the main hurdle to tackle them does not lie here or in the Commission, but most likely in the Council, and the Council does seem to be the one institution that comes out of this entire ordeal strengthened and I do worry about that. I do worry that we are not willing to talk about the topics and to go there, to really reform the European Union and to go where it hurts. I do think that we need to change this, and this was the vote that the people cast in May – to really reform and renew the European Union so that it works better – and I do think that it needs to work better for its citizens. We need to reform and renew the European Union because otherwise all the important visions that you laid out today will not come about and I do not think that we have the time for that.

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