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Iratxe García: “We expect the Belgian Presidency to deliver, including on the Green Deal


17 Jan 2024



During a plenary debate today, the leader of the Socialists and Democrats, Iratxe García Pérez, welcomed the new Belgian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and she put forward the priorities of the S&D Group for the months ahead.

Iratxe García Pérez said:

“The Belgian Presidency cannot just be a transitional Presidency. In the run-up to the next European elections, our citizens need further steps to guarantee progress.

“We need real solutions for the people with a Social Pillar that guarantees decent wages, adequate minimum income, decent housing, and paid traineeships. We expect the new Presidency to respect the agreement reached on the Platform Work Directive.

“Also, the fight against the climate emergency requires courage and leadership. I expect the Belgian Presidency to deliver on the EU Green Deal's emission reduction targets, to accelerate the energy transition and to pass the Air Quality Directive.

“We ask Prime Minister De Croo and the Belgian Presidency to finalise the review of the Multiannual Financial Framework to unlock much-needed financial assistance to Ukraine. European solidarity should never give in to Orbán's blackmailing and Putin's war of attrition.”



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