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Tuesday, 26 November 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Preparation of the European Council meeting of 12 and 13 December 2019 (debate)

  Pedro Marques (S&D). – Madam President, to the Presidency of the Council and to First Vice—President Timmermans, I want to say that Europe really needs institutions that work. Tomorrow, we’ll face a vote for the new Commission and the opportunity to really start meeting citizens’ expectations. It is time to deliver on decarbonisation, on the European Pillar of Social Rights, and on a fair digital economy. The Commission has indeed an ambitious agenda in which we recognise many of our proposals, but we won’t come even close to Europeans’ hopes and dreams if we keep stalling everything that is relevant. In one word, we need to put our money where our mouth is.

So let us demand from the Council nothing less than an ambitious budget for the next term. It is time to stop demanding more and more from the European policies, while wanting to pay even less for it. We can do it. We can bridge the gaps by bringing own resources to the table. It is time to go back to basics. This Union is about sharing a common dream of peace and sustainable development for all and, in this case, solidarity pays back through the reinforcement of the single market. Therefore it benefits all Europe, particularly those that tend to say that they just pay for the others. Quo vadis, Europe? Where are the resources we need for the new priorities to come alive?

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