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Wednesday, 17 June 2020 - Brussels Provisional edition

Conference on the Future of Europe (debate)

  Mairead McGuinness (PPE). – Madam President, can I just say to Mr Beck that you must not have read the memo, because these are not orchestrated dialogues with citizens; these are citizens’ dialogues, we don’t orchestrate and we will not orchestrate. In fact, this Parliament is saying very clearly to the Council, and is frustrated by the Council’s lack of ability to come to a decision. We want to engage with our citizens and it’s not for today or tomorrow, it’s for the future.

None of us has predicted the pandemic and yet look how it has changed how we work. Look at the impact on citizens, on families and societies. Why can’t we discuss this openly? Can I just say the words ‘as soon as possible’ were used by the Council — asap. When I hear that, to me it means now, not in a year’s time, today. So please, you are hearing the frustrated voices of this Parliament collectively, except for one or two, who want you to move forward and to sit down with the Parliament to engage with national parliaments, with citizens, with the Commission and create a better Europe. It is not about more, it is about better.

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