Nachgefragt bei… Roberta Metsola
Mit dem Format „Nachgefragt bei“ kommen regelmäßig europapolitische Stimmen in Form eines Kurzinterviews zu Wort. Heute heißt es anlässlich der Konferenz zur Zukunft Europas: Nachgefragt bei… Roberta Metsola, Präsidentin des Europäischen Parlaments. Das Interview haben wir auf Englisch geführt.
Ms. Metsola, what is your interim political assessment after more than 100 days in office as President of the European Parliament?
„First of all, I am honoured to represent all our European citizens and I am intent to actively contribute to our common project of peace, stability and prosperity.
I am proud of what Europe has achieved and delivered these last months. We have stood up to the test. We have been united and strong in our response to the illegal invasion of Ukraine. This must be our blueprint going forward. The European Parliament remains fully committed to help the Ukrainian people and to boost actions, together with other EU institutions and the 27 European governments, to end this war, to maximise the cost of this invasion on the Kremlin and to minimise its consequences for the European citizens.
In this period we have also gradually returned to normal after the past two years of combatting the Covid-19 pandemic. This will allow us to again step up our democratic debates within the Parliament and our discussions across Europe on the future of our Union.“
After one year of negotiations, the plenary assembly of the Conference on the Future of Europe has formulated 49 reform proposals. How do you assess these proposals and what steps should be taken next?
„I welcome the conclusions of the Conference on the future of Europe and the praising fact that citizens played such a central role. The European Parliament has been in the forefront of leading this exercise.
We need to move towards a more efficient EU and we need to find to best tools to reach this goal.
In particular, the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have shown us that we need to reinforce the way the EU operates in health, foreign and defence and energy policy. We need to listen, and act, upon the demands and expectations of our populations.“