"The European Strategic Investment Plan is not the silver bullet. But if anyone has ideas to overcome the economic crisis with one stroke, stand up please," said European Council President Donald Tusk in the debate on the results of the December European Council, which also covered tax avoidance and — in the wake of the Paris attacks — security and passenger name records. Mr Tusk asked Parliament for its support to ensure that the Juncker plan could start in June. He committed to stepping up the fight against tax avoidance and aggressive tax planning, which he considered "a matter of fairness and social justice". He said the passenger name records (PNR) file was "difficult and delicate", referring to the need to balance security and freedom.
He made the case for a single European PNR system: "28 national systems would be a patchwork with holes. They would interfere with the privacy of citizens but would not properly protect their security," he said.
EFDD group leader Nigel Farage said Mr Tusk had learned nothing from the results of the European elections last summer: "Migration is the big problem, You promised your voters that young Poles would return home but you have become the newest Polish émigré! EU voters want massive reforms, and you are not the man to provide them."