This afternoon European Parliament President David Sassoli opened the European Council in Brussels.
|This is the first time he has attended the Council in his role as President of the European Parliament.
Key extracts from the speech are below. The full text is available here.
“We welcome the agreement reached with the government of the United Kingdom. The European Parliament will examine closely the terms and substance of the agreement to verify that it is consistent with the interests of the European Union and its citizens. Parliament will continue to act with the sense of responsibility that we have shown to date.”
Future of Europe
“The European Parliament is the basis of legitimacy for the European democratic system. Citizens issued a call for a new Europe, which is more attentive to their needs, greener, more resolute in safeguarding the rule of law, more protective of social rights, and more effective and transparent in its decision-making.”
“The start of this parliamentary term has been difficult. The will of the European Council not to take into account the «Spitzenkandidaten» process represented, for the European Parliament, a wound that will have to be healed.”
“For that reason, we have issued a call for a conference on the instruments of democracy in Europe to be convened.”
Περισσότερες πληροφορίες εδώ.