Opening the State of the Union debate, the President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola said that the European Union must keep reforming.
Welcoming President of the European Commission Ursula von Der Leyen, Metsola said that over the last years the EU has managed to overcome a financial crisis and a pandemic.
It also got through Brexit, stood up and firm against Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, disengaged from ‘toxic Russian energy’ and is addressing the climate emergency.
‘The world is changing and Europe must adapt and change with it too. We must keep striving to make our Europe a place of equality of opportunity, of access, of prosperity – where everyone can reach their potential. We must keep reforming.’
Metsola said that there are still many in the Union who are struggling and urged the EU to keep the ‘people’s concerns at the centre of all our actions.’