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Wednesday, 16 September 2020 - Brussels Revised edition

State of the Union (topical debate) (continuation of debate)

  Ska Keller (Verts/ALE). – Mr President, President von der Leyen, you said it yourself, now is the time for implementation. Now we had the announcement of which we share many of them, but of course the important task is to put all of that into life, and I want to thank you for your strong words when it comes to human rights, be it on the human rights of refugees, of LGBTI people, also human rights in Russia and in China. The question is, what are the consequences of those words? How will we put them into action, into life, what action will follow? I think it’s very important to make sure that our policies are coherent so that we’re not exporting weapons and then are surprised about refugees, that were not subsidising fossil fuels and then wondering about climate change, and that we also don’t put profits over human rights when it comes to our external relations – and I’m thinking about relations with China, where there’s lots of important talks going on, but also, for example, when it comes to Russia. Thank you very much and good luck. We’re ready to support you.

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