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Presidency of the European Union: a long-awaited first speech for Emmanuel Macron

Emmanuel Macron must speak, this Wednesday, January 19, before the European Parliament, to launch the French presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The French president is expected in the European hemicycle, based in Strasbourg, at the end of the morning. His speech should last about twenty minutes and will be broadcast live on CNEWS.

It will be carefully followed in Brussels and in the European capitals. Indeed, the Head of State will speak “on behalf of the 27 countries of the Union”, declared the Elysée.

Detail your vision of Europe

Emmanuel Macron will return to the priorities of this half-yearly presidency, whose “red thread” is to “strengthen European sovereignty”. The Head of State intends to obtain “quick and concrete” results on several issues.

This is notably the case of the minimum wage, the carbon tax at the borders or the reform of the Schengen area to better fight against irregular migration.

Since his election as President of the French Republic in 2017, Emmanuel Macron has posed as a leader of pro-Europeans and boasts of the progress made at 27. He takes in particular the example of the post-Covid-19 recovery plan of 750 billion euros adopted in 2020.

A series of arrests

At the end of this speech, a long question-and-answer session with the deputies will follow. If he will exchange with elected officials from all countries, Emmanuel Macron will be particularly sought after by French speakers.

Thus François-Xavier Bellamy (Les Républicains), Manon Aubry (rebellious France), Jordan Bardella and Nicolas Bay (National Rally), and Yannick Jadot (Les Verts) will address Emmanuel Macron.

This intervention will take place without the presence of the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. She tested positive for Covid-19.

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