Katainen: EU’s National Parliaments to Present Their Visions by End of 2017

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European Commission Vice-president for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen. (Photo by TASR)

Bratislava, April 24 (TASR) – The European Commission wants to see an ambitious Europe looking ahead, one able to show solidarity and present solutions for future challenges, European Commission Vice-president for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Jyrki Katainen said at a conference of EU parliamentary chiefs at Bratislava Castle on Monday.

“The European people have the future development of Europe in their hands. They should feel like the owners of Europe’s future,” stated Katainen, adding that the European Union can’t continue in a rut.

“Our member countries will make up a new European 27 [following Brexit]. We need a new direction, content and commitments,” he appealed, adding that he hopes that all national parliaments in the EU will have created their own visions for the EU’s future by the end of this year to be presented to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The Commission will subsequently work on future measures, added the Finnish eurocommissioner.

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