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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Presentation of the programme of activities of the Finnish Presidency of the Council (debate)

  Eero Heinäluoma (S&D). – Mr President, Mr Prime Minister I congratulate you on the excellent work you have been doing to prepare the programme of the Finnish Presidency. It’s clearly future oriented and, you could say, pro-European. Perhaps it is also a somewhat progressive one. So I’m happy to see you here.

I am especially delighted that you have put two very important issues so high on your agenda: the struggle against climate change and the need to respect the rule of law, also in our own Member States. Here you can count on and trust our support when you are implementing this programme.

However, this programme is not so ambitious when it comes to taxation policy. Today we know that the big multinationals/technology giants are not paying their fair share of the cost of the welfare societies. At the same time, they need all the services, higher education and all the infrastructure to make a profit here in Europe.

The French Government has made some very bold decisions recently and yesterday we saw that the President of the Commission shares the same opinion.

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