Anna Maria Corazza Bildt raises the Single Seat with Primeminister Sánchez

Posted on January 21, 2019 · Posted in News

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Debate with the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, on the Future of Europe

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Member of the European parliament, 16 January 2019 European parliament, Strasbourg

-Mr President, I say to the Prime Minister: I share your concerns about the anti-EU rhetoric from the extreme right and the need to recover the legitimacy of the European institutions.

This Parliament has been voting across political and national boundaries, constantly regularly for a single seat of the European Parliament. We want to be able to decide when and where to meet. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Sebastian Kurz showed leadership last year and took a clear public position in favour of one location for the European Parliament.

Are you, as pro-European, willing to take a stand, to put it on the agenda of the Council, to talk to the people of Europe and of Spain during the election campaign about that and to engage in a constructive dialogue – a pro-European, pro-democracy dialogue – or are you going to ignore it and risk letting a symbol of peace, a reconciliation in Europe which is so dear to us all, to become a symbol of waste?