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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Statement by the candidate Commission President (debate)

  Pedro Marques (S&D). – Mr President, I would like to say that the commitment, oral and written, by Ms von der Leyen, to more competitiveness, to a sustainable Europe with more solidarity shows that she saw correctly our programme, but, Ms von der Leyen, you also saw the expectations of Europeans. Europe is in need of urgent action. So it was good to see that you didn’t hesitate in assuming commitments that go towards what citizens expect, which is clear commitment, clear achievements.

We now expect due capacity to compromise and to overcome the blockages from the Council on several issues: on carbonisation, on migration, on euro area reform, on the pillar of social rights. There’s no room for hesitation. Huge challenges lie immediately on our hands, such as the approval of an adequate budget for Europe.

We take your words today, in your written words, with great expectation. Parliament will deliver on its part. The citizens of the EU expect nothing less from us. That means that your pledge on this day is a solemn one. Europeans demand nothing less than five years of redemption of the European project after 10 years of crisis and hesitation. Let us rebuild from now on the Europe of our dreams.

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