Intervention in Plenary on 22 October 2018 concerning the 2019 EU Budget
On the eve of European elections, we must deliver a clear and determined message to citizens. Therefore, let’s respond to their impatience by consolidating a Europe which talks to them as it shapes their future and protects them.
Preparing the future, it is to make research a priority (HORIZON 2020), invest in education and professional training (ERASMUS), and provide young people with the possibility to meet the European diversity.
Protecting Europeans, it is to seize migrations-related issues and provide appropriate means for the control of external borders (FRONTEX, EASO).
It is establishing constructive relations with African countries, Western Balkans and the Middle East. It is preserving the climate. Protecting Europeans is giving birth to the structured cooperation in the area of defence and security, mobilising necessary means in order to fight against the challenges and the threats of globalisation, which Member States cannot face alone at the national level.
The 2019 budget cannot be the prolongation of previous budgets only. It must express a vision, an ambition and bring the acts to the level of fine words.