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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Statement by the candidate Commission President (debate)

  Alex Agius Saliba (S&D), in writing. – This week we saw a new direction and a promise of an ambitious programme with guarantees for a better Europe for the next five years. We saw a candidate truly committed to giving European citizens a leading and active role in building the future of our Union. Ursula Von Der Leyen committed herself to many areas of great importance. The one that mattered most in the European elections was climate change and I welcome her practical approach to that. She pledged to reconcile the social and modern market economy in the interests of our citizens. She committed to an action plan to fully implement the European Pillar of Social Rights and different measures in order to achieve a more social, fair and equal European Union. Last but not least, Ursula Von Der Leyen pledged for a fresh new start in migration with a new pact on migration and asylum and the relaunch of Dublin. These are all steps in the right direction. However, migration should be a priority on the Commission’s agenda, where legislative proposals, such as the Dublin Regulation, are enacted and become law. And we, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, will be pushing for that.

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