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Brexit, EU investment plan, and security solutions take priority at EPP Political Assembly

Brexit, boosting jobs and economic growth and security solutions were the main issues driving debates at the European People’s Party’s (EPP) two-day political assembly meeting in Brussels.
EPP delegates held an extensive discussion on the consequences of Brexit, led by EPP Vice-President and MEP David McALLISTER.
EPP President Joseph DAUL stated his clear position: “The United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. We acknowledge that the UK needs additional time to trigger Article 50. But it is also time to swiftly provide the EU with a plan clarifying future relations with the EU. Remaining in this current limbo harms the economy and therefore EU citizens. Companies do not invest and do not create jobs in a country whose membership in the EU and the internal market is uncertain,” said EPP President Joseph Daul.
“A vote for Brexit meant a vote against the benefits the EU offers to its people. We will strongly oppose any attempts to gain full access to the single market while limiting access to the labour market — a fundamental EU principle. While we will do our best to weather any consequences arising from Brexit and to defend the interests of the 27 Member States, we must now focus on the future of the Union”, added the EPP President.
A special session was dedicated to the success of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The session was led by EPP Vice-President Jyrki KATAINEN together with Wilhelm MOLTERER, the EFSI’s Managing Director.
“EFSI has proven one of the most successful projects of the Juncker Commission, and we are proud to have inspired such an initiative in 2014. The EPP promised to increase investments and create jobs, and we are delivering concrete results. More than 200,000 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) have received EFSI funding; in this its first year, the project has already boosted investments by 115 bn Euros. And this is just the beginning. We will continue to work hard to bring jobs and recovery to every household in Europe,” continued President Daul.
The EPP delegates also adopted three resolutions: on security in our Southern Neighbourhood, on innovation, and on how to achieve a more social Europe.
“The safety of European citizens is our top priority,” stressed President Daul. To secure Europe vis-à-vis its Southern Neighbourhood, the EPP has reiterated its determination to improve EU capacities and to arrive at a better institutional framework and smarter development cooperation in order to enhance security both at home and abroad. In the resolution adopted on innovation, the EPP has stressed the importance of its role in creating the right circumstances needed to make it easier and cheaper for companies to hire, invest and grow.
Finally, the EPP has stood for the social market economy since the party’s foundation; it reiterates its commitment to a more social Europe in order to ensure a productive and prosperous continent. “No one should be left behind. A more social Europe aims to improve the well-being and welfare of all European citizens. Economic growth and social progress can go hand-in-hand to make our society inclusive for all,” concluded the EPP President.

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