President Tajani: debate with President Macron in plenary demonstrates the central place of the European citizens and Parliament in the European project
Today, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani welcomed the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron in Strasbourg.
The meeting took place in the framework of the initiative promoted by President Tajani, inviting EU Heads of State and Government to debate the future of Europe in plenary.
President Macron’s participation follows that of the Prime Ministers of Ireland, Croatia and Portugal. Over the next few months, the Prime Ministers of Belgium, Charles Michel (3 May); Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel (29 May); Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki (July); Greece, Alexis Tsipras (September); and Estonia, Jüri Ratas (October) are scheduled to take the podium in Strasbourg. The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, will also speak on 23 October and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, will speak in November.
In the context of the address by Macron, President Tajani declared:
‘’The debate with President Macron in plenary demonstrates the central place of the European citizens and Parliament in the European project.’’
‘’I am proud to see this heart of European democracy as the setting of an animated and deep discussion on the future of the EU.’’
‘’The initiative to invite European leaders in plenary is bearing fruit, with valuable contributions to change Europe, making it more efficient and capable of responding to citizen expectations on security, migration and jobs for our youths.’’
‘’Together with Macron, we share a conviction for the need of a true European rebirth based on the awareness of our identity, with freedom and the dignity of the person at its very heart.”
Tajani had a bilateral meeting with the French President, following which he declared:
“We had a meeting of minds on several points, including the imperative need for a more ambitious budget for the Union, reflecting the priorities of our citizens and financed by way of own resources, for example through the taxation of internet giants. These additional resources would enable us for instance to launch a Marshall plan for Africa, strengthening the control of external borders while boosting the real economy in Africa. We also share the same sense of urgency for a reform in the asylum system and for a real foreign and defence policy.’’