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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)

  Seán Kelly (PPE). – Mr President, Finland is a great country and I think they will have a great Presidency. There are many great colleagues and also a wonderful Commissioner.

I have just two questions, one in relation to Brexit. I was very pleased when President von der Leyen, said she was going to honour the Withdrawal Agreement and the backstop, and also be flexible on an extension, if required. Will the Finnish Presidency ensure that the Council are equally flexible, if appropriate? Second question: I’ve been involved in trying to end the biannual clock change for a number of years. We passed a resolution in Parliament and the Commission did a public consultation where over 80% of respondents said they wanted to end it. The next six months are going to be crucial for the Council to make decisions in that regard. Will the Finnish Presidency ensure that the decision of Parliament and the voice of citizens will be respected in that regard?

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