Election of the European Commission: 423 in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions
David Borrelli said that this is momentous occasion with many major challenges. The Parliament is asked to give faith and approve Juncker’s ideas of Europe, which are based on austerity. Beyond the individual people, he asked whether this strategy is adaptive to the time before us, responding to the difficulties of the citizens.
The Group wants to look at this very carefully and this is a very dangerous time now. The values are substituted by reasons of state and they are running against the principle of collegiality. Juncker is also giving people the task of curing a disease they caused themselves. Very few countries hold powers today and the Group will vote against the Commission. They want a truer Europe, closer to citizens.