Plenary and Committee Speeches

Social Pillar

The ongoing thrust to put social concerns at the heart of the European project is welcome if belated. Since 2008, the EU has increasingly focussed on the task of reinforcing its economic structures, no matter what the human and social cost. This has fed populist and extremist ideologies. Making the social pillar meaningful is going

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ECON Committee – Covered Bonds

Let me start by thanking and congratulating our rapporteur. He has presented a very good report. And in the run up to it, he organized some very useful meetings with stakeholders that I found interesting. As has already been said, covered bonds are a financial intrument that have already proved themselves over centuries in some

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Plenary Debate on the Annual Report on EU Competition Policy

We always needed to make a crucial point regarding the Commission’s Annual Competition Report: Competition rules especially for state aid, should not be applied on a one-size-fits-all basis. But during this mandate, the need is arising to highlight new precautionary signals. Firstly: European competition policy should avoid the appearance of a frontal contest with other

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European Parliamentary Week 2017

Before deciding to include the Fiscal Compact in the EU Treaties… but I would say regardless of such a step, we need to ask ourselves some hard questions. With our national Parliaments, we must create a discussion, a dialogue, about the real significance of the results obtained, the results claimed, for the fiscal compact. Have

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Input on Insurance

Chairman, Depending on how we the co-legislators regulate the insurance industry, the ultimate effect will be on consumers who are meant to enjoy the same level of protection across the EU. However regulatory costs need to be kept in mind. One size fits all arrangements in this sector too, can serve to create burdens without