Sassoli: This is a 21st Century European D-Day, solidarity has arrived in Europe 

Statement by European Parliament President David Sassoli following the presentation of the EU recovery package

“This is a 21st Century European D-Day. Europe has recognised that solidarity and a common approach is the only way to support the rebirth of our economies, protect citizens and workers, provide for the coming years, and leave a legacy for future generations."

The President of the European Parliament continued: “In the last months, Parliament has remained open and has made its position clear to the European Commission. I thank President von der Leyen and the Commissioners for listening to our calls. 

“I am convinced that the European Council meeting will live up to this ambition and we will fight to ensure it does. Governments need to understand the seriousness of the situation we face. We want maximum consensus of both governments and citizens around this project.

“The Council must not put forward a proposal that lowers the ambition of what the Commission has outlined to the Parliament today.

“We must defend the European space. We cannot afford speculation or attacks on our strategic assets. This is a delicate moment. That is why we are pleased that the European Commission’s plan takes on board our proposals, and has the ambition to support and improve the lives of all Europeans.”