Sassoli to EU leaders: We need a common response immediatelyEuropost , Brussels
Following his speech at the European Council meeting that is held on Thursday via videoconference, EP President David Sassoli stressed that there is a need to use all the tools available, particularly for the reconstruction plan.
All European governments and institutions are under great scrutiny from citizens, he said noting that it is not possible to think of delaying the actions that are needed, “we share a responsibility for a rapid response”.
We need to help the recovery of our economies, to protect our assets, and at the same time, restore jobs and opportunities for growth. We have to do this together and nobody can think of doing it alone, he underlined. “We need a new Marshall Plan, but funded this time by Europe. That, of course, brings challenges, because we must do it together and in a spirit of strong solidarity.”
At his speech at the summit, he explained to Heads of State and Government the need to get out of this crisis with a true European community response. “We must come out of it with a stronger and more communitarian Europe. One in which efforts are shared. This is particularly important for those countries that cannot afford to meet the burden of this reconstruction effort with further deficits.”
He also said that the Parliament is very much in favour of recovery bonds as a tool to finance this reconstruction effort. “We have already made ambitious proposals but I think today leaders will need to be even more ambitious,” he opined.