In the first plenary debate of the new legislative term, S&D Group leader Iratxe García said this morning that “European citizens sent a clear message in May: they trust the European Union, but they want a change. The best person to lead that change from the Commission would have been Frans Timmermans and I am disappointed that we did not succeed. However, my Group’s commitment to lead that change from the Parliament remains intact”.

“Our candidate was casted out because he defended the European values and the rule of law. I can assure you that we will defend these principles with even more energy. We will be very demanding with the political agenda of the next Commission, and we won’t accept any candidate who is not willing to put forward the reform of the economic governance, the strengthening of social policies and the ecological transformation. The clock is ticking,” the S&D leader added.

“Our citizens expect from us that we build a Europe of equality, solidarity, sustainability and social justice,” said García.