Adina Vălean: As EP President, Antonio Tajani will be a powerful ally and supporter of Romania’s deeper integration within the EU

EPP Group candidate for the position of European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, has a clear vision of Europe’s future and as the leader of the House we will be a supporter of Romania’s deeper integration within the EU, said MEP Adina Vălean, Vice-President of the European Parliament.

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Antonio Tajani is a politician with a clear vision for the future of Europe and the European Parliament’s role in democracy. Romanians will find in him a powerful ally that will support Romania and the rights of its citizens” said Vălean, in a message of support, along with other Romanian EPP MEPs.

Antonio Tajani has been nominated late last year as EPP candidate for the leadership of the European Parliament elections of 17 January 2017.

“We need a stronger European Parliament and a president with authority; an impartial and fair president that respects the work of each parliamentarian representing 500 million European citizens. We must put people at the heart of our policies and to bring institutions closer to citizens”, vowed Tajani, who recently participated in a debate hosted by Politico Europe with all candidates for president.

These EP president elections have caused divisions among traditional political families, EPP criticising European socialist and European liberals groups for breaking the agreement of mutual support signed in 2014. The agreement stipulated that in the first half of the European Parliament mandate the presidency will be held by S & D (with Martin Schulz as president), and in the second half of the PPE.

Along with Antonio Tajani, another six MEPs are running for the position of EP President: Gianni Pittella (Socialists and Democrats – S&D), Helga Stevens (European Conservatives and Reformists group – ECR), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe – ALDE), Eleonora Fiore (European United Left-Nordic Green left – GUE-NGL), Jean Lambert (Greens / European Free Alliance), Laurențiu Rebega (Europe of the Nations and Freedom – ENL) and Piernicola Pedicini (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy – EFDD).

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