This morning President Juncker spoke in the European Parliament plenary on the programme of the Luxembourgish Presidency for the next six months, confirming the Commission’s full support for achieving their common goals. President Juncker made specific reference to the Energy Union, the Capital Markets Union and the Digital Single Market, calling on the Council Presidency to speed up the process in order to create jobs and growth in Europe. Following on, President Juncker addressed colleagues in the Parliament on the results of the June European Council and on the extraordinary Euro Summit in Brussels yesterday evening. On the topic of migration, President Juncker said the Council’s decision to impose a voluntary system was a decision in the right direction; however he said “I would have preferred it to be obligatory”, adding: “I don’t think we are rising to the challenge”. Referring to Greece, President Juncker reiterated that the current context has shown that “doing nothing is not the right response”. The right response, he said, is to “deepen the economic and monetary union, and to make it stronger”. President Juncker‘s full statements can be found on the EbS website.
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