17/05/2017 European Parliament


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17/05/2017

Live coverage of the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg, with a debate on preparations for the G7 summit.


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... Give into any way in what the Americans are asking. We cannot slow

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down. Investors are watching what will this be? This also said the

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agenda for the jete 20 later in the year, what the G7 is going to say

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we'll make sure that Paris is implemented is agreed or it will

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give wind in the cells of conservative countries like Saudi

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Arabia and Russia. So the conclusion or the question is very simple and I

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would like to have an answer, if we cannot get the conclusions with the

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US, will we push for a G6 statement on climate? TRANSLATION: In Sicily,

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which is my region, youth unemployment is around 60%,

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infrastructure is ridiculous, the railways 100 years old and bridges

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which have fallen down, fisheries in the region have been systematically

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pillaged by multinationals. In this kind of place, they have created in

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Tower Minar, a golden cage costing 40 million euros of public money. --

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they have created in Taormina. It is making people unhappy, naturally.

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You are sweeping all the dust under the carpet. Stopping, among other

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things, any refugees from landing. Probably these gentlemen will simply

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do more harm to the planet, to create another landing strip,

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another runway among other things. These people ought to be going to

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Palermo or Catania or something else, using local transport. Dear

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colleagues, let me say that I support and appreciate the subjects

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on the agenda of the G7 meeting, as they were presented by council and

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committee. I guess these are well chosen topics which are reflecting

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concerns of citizens and challenges ahead but the most important subject

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is actually in the title of the G7, the issue of trust, the issue of

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future benefits and cooperation among the leading economic countries

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of the world and also about leading democracies. I hope that partly the

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new competition of G7 leaders will make a clear statement on this

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direction and will also commit themselves personally to go forward

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in the root of sincere cooperation and respect for the most important

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values. I guess that our countries in the EU should play the leading

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role because these are the values that we are presenting and we should

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convince the others. Thank you very much.

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TRANSLATION: The G7 is meeting in Italy and I'm very proud my country

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is the host for this event. In an unstable country with a lot of

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tension and other interesting signs, however, the proposal of China, for

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instance, for a new silk route which could create new international

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cooperation apart from trade. Leaders know they only represent a

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part of the political and economic authority of the planet because the

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G20 is now the most representative body but the specific responsibility

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of the G7 and EU is to represent the most developed democracies so we

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must be aware of the fact that the leadership which is no longer taken

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for granted based on just mere numbers, must be based on the

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strength of our values on multilateralism, an openness, on the

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respect for international law, so actions or any attacks are simply

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not acceptable in the international community. But there are rules, as

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many colleagues have said. We want to have transparent fiscal policy.

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redistribution of social justice and redistribution of social justice and

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the EU emerges here, in the absence of commitment on the part of large

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countries and major powers, Europe must fill the gap. TRANSLATION: Mr

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what my friend said, I think climate what my friend said, I think climate

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change is going to be a hugely important issue here at the G7

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summit. Especially the role of the larger than life character of

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President Donald Trump. The Paris agreement is a global agreement and

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if the United States were to pull out of it, it would undermine it

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completely. This is a man, Donald Trump, who claimed climate change

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was created by the Chinese to attack unit -- to attack US man attaching

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competitiveness and claimed global warming is an expensive clothes and

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claimed wind farms are bad for people's health. I think as a

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businessman, he is a person who is subject to change. I think the G7 is

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a great opportunity to convince him that what he has said in the past is

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not actually true and in the interests of American citizens and

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world citizens, we will need to adopt the climate change agreement

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from Paris and implement it and the US as to do so above all else.

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TRANSLATION: Thank you very much, Madam President. The G7 summit this

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year has doing courage governments to adopt policies aimed at

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fulfilling the legitimate expectations of citizens. -- has

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doing courage governments. In terms of economic and social matters and

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also security. There are many urgent problems that needs to be dealt

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with, for example, the recent use of chemical weapons in Syria, the

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violation of Ukraine's territorial integrity, North Korea, global

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security, the fight against Daesh and violent extremism. Efforts have

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to be coordinated to promote a world order based on rules. We have

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defined violent terrorism in an insecure world.

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TRANSLATION: Thank you, president. The title of this summit already

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tells us what the main topic to be addressed is, that Theresa May,

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Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, will be meeting for the first time. It is

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an opportunity for our leaders, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk,

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to say something about our economic policy and our values and the

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protection of human rights and all the points which have been

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mentioned, protection of migratory flows, trade, the institutions and

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the actual implementation of the Paris agreement, foreign policy,

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Libya, Syria, Ukraine. These are all subjects which will be dealt with at

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this summit. We hope that there will be tangible results and proposals

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communicated to the citizens. Thank you, Madam President, Vice

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President. Yesterday, we debated how the EU can successfully harness

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globalisation. The coming G7 summit will be a prime opportunity to put

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words into practice, to show European leadership and stand firm

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on our values and principles, assisting on a rule-based

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international order remains one of the key priorities for us. Indeed,

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the very reason why this is a G7 and not the G8 summit is that one key

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nation continues to disregard international rules and agreements.

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With the central theme of the G7 summit being how to rebuild trust, I

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believe that the EU should use the G7 summit to recommit to the biggest

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economies and the plan to achieving the sustainable develop that goals,

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all of them comprehensively, rebuilding trust requires visible

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action from the EU on the problems facing member states and the people

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of Europe. Thank you so much. TRANSLATION: One request, to catch

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the eye, you have one minute. TRANSLATION: Thank you Madam

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President, Vice President. Unlike the colleague who does not think the

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EU should have a place that the G7, I think it should. I think the

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European Union should be in the G7. The European Union is not a country

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but it does represent shared values. We have debated globalisation at

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great length. We need to find our place in relation to the other

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powers in the world. As for Russian participation, what are we going to

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do about our relationship with Russia, with China, the US? There

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are EU sanctions on Russia. There are so many things. It is not just

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about security. There are also economic issues. I think it is very

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welcome to see the EU at the G7 but I think we need to know what was

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discussed and what the outcome of the summit is. I wish you every

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success. TRANSLATION: Thank you, that wraps up the catching the eye

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and now the floor again for the council. Thank you, Madam chair.

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Honourable members, ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your

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comments, all of which were noted by the presidency of the Council, of

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course, as you know, the presidency does not participate or attend the

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G7 but the European Union is represented by the commission. Of

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course, as I said earlier, these are challenging times on several fronts.

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Most of your comments confirm this, that we are living through

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challenging times, especially on account of still high political

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uncertainty. I therefore look forward to a strong message of

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confidence and reassurance by G7 leaders as well as to their

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guidance. We need to preserve the spirit of cooperation in the G7 and

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also continue to provide multilateral answers to the

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challenges we face. This also means maintaining and building on the

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achievements of the past and not giving into protectionism and

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isolation. Finally, I believe that it is true cooperation and working

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together that we can aspire to tackle the issues that are of

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concern for our citizens and our respective countries. Thank you very

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much. TRANSLATION: Thank you very much and on behalf of the European

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Commission, the commissioner. You may need to speak quite largely

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because people are coming into the room. Thank you very much for your

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comments and remarks. Most of them were very supportive to our agenda.

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The next G7 meeting, what it should be, first and foremost, it should be

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about revitalising multilateralism. We have not lost it completely yet

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but we have seen some tendencies, especially, or at least in rhetoric,

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moving away from multilateralism. It is very dangerous direction. That is

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why our agenda is so strongly linked to strengthening multilateralism.

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Many members mention that the implementation of Searby 21 should

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be one of the priorities and this is already the agreement and we agree

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and now it is a matter of implementation. One could not

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imagine a bigger global challenge than climate change which is why we

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need the recommitment from the leaders to implement it. Finally,

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there is a whole range of issues like the fight against terrorism,

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tax evasion, which must be addressed in global forums. I do hope that our

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leaders will send a strong message in favour of rules -based trade

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because it is the way to govern globalisation, it is the way to

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harness and shape globalisation. Without rules -based trade, we

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cannot include important values like environmental values or social

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values to the trade. It is the way we can enhance economic growth in a

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sustainable manner and make sure that our economic growth is

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translated into job creation. Thank you very much. APPLAUSE

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TRANSLATION: Green that concludes the debate and the setting is now

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adjourned for a few moments. -- that concludes the debate. Then we will

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receive Mr Gutierrez.

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