President Juncker addressed the plenary of the European Parliament on the conclusions of the European Council (article 50)
This morning at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, President Juncker recalled the European Council Conclusions from 29 April 2017 and the draft negotiation mandate proposed by the Commission on 3 May. He underlined that “The process shows how united and prepared the European Union will be. It underlines how deep our commitment to transparency already is. The unity which we have demonstrated at the European Council will be our guiding principle throughout the Brexit negotiations”. The President also emphasised three important agreements that were concluded on the margins of the special European Council, namely the signature of the cooperation agreement between Europol and Denmark, the agreement reached between Spain and Portugal concerning the Almaraz case and the agreement on the management of flows of persons at the borders between Slovenia and Croatia.“During all three negotiations, the Commission built bridges between sometimes very different positions by encouraging further dialogue until it bore fruit. Without the Commission, these three agreements would not have been possible,” President Juncker said. Speaking of the achievements at the half-stage of the Juncker mandate, the President reiterated that “We must use the second half of the mandate of this Commission, (…) to deliver results by focusing on our positive agenda”. The full speech is available online.