Plenary and Committee Speeches

Plenary debate on the situation in Libya

The situation in Libya is becoming desperate. Daesh extremists are extending their reach. The time to stop them is as soon as possible. However, the European Union decided to await the formation of a Libyan government of national unity under United Nations aegis. It should honour this decision. So, it can reclaim the respect and

Plenary and Committee Speeches

Review of the Luxembourg Presidency

Mr President, in the second half of 2015 the Luxembourg Presidency and the Commission showed great determination in trying to steer the Union out of the crisis that broke out in rapid order. However, from the smoothing over of the most recent Greek crisis to the refugee crisis, everything was done in firefighting mode. Events,

Plenary and Committee Speeches

Annual report on EU Competition Policy

Mr President, the competition report before us raises two main concerns. The first one is about the scope, the powers and the methods of DG Competition. Its remit amounts to one of the most powerful tools in the executive kit of the European Commission, indeed of the European Union. DG Competition has the power to

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Plenary and Committee Speeches

Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

The array of management structures built for the Eurozone in the past years is impressive, though still incomplete. All of it was set up in firefighting mode, with the EU’s leaders doing their best to contain crisis after crisis. The same happened this year, with successive crises occurring on a wider front than that covered