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Plenary in Session. Address by German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Top Story - 04-04-2017
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Germany’s newly-elected Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier addressed MEPs in a formal sitting on Tuesday at noon.

In his plenary speech he stated: “Europe is not a walk in the park. It is a complicated, laborious project. But it’s all worth it. ... That's the message that I bring from my country: Yes, we want Europe! We want to build a better Europe, and we want to be a European Germany!”


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MEPs are set to react to the Commission’s White Paper on the future of Europe on Wednesday at 15.00, following its presentation by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Parliament’s President Antonio Tajani and Mr Juncker will hold a press conference after the debate, at around 16.30. Parliament set out its vision for the EU future in three resolutions voted by the full House on 16 February 2017.

Before the start of the debate, from around 14.20, a number of Commissioners and Parliament group leaders will hold doorsteps at the protocol entrance on the ground floor of the Paul Henri Spaak building.
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