Italian socialist Sassoli elected EU Parliament speaker
The European Parliament elected Italian socialist lawmaker David Sassoli on Wednesday as its speaker for the subsequent 2-1/2 years, finishing the spherical of appointments for the bloc’s prime jobs after EU elections in Could.
Italian MEP David-Maria Sassoli delivers a speech through the first plenary session of the newly elected European Meeting on July 3, 2019 in Strasbourg, France.
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Sassoli, a 63-year-old former journalist from Florence, has been a lawmaker within the EU parliament for a decade. He replaces one other Italian politician, conservative Antonio Tajani, who had been speaker since 2017.
Sassoli’s election to the predominantly ceremonial function adopted Tuesday’s determination by the bloc’s 28 governments to nominate German conservative Ursula Von der Leyen as European Fee president and France’s Christine Lagarde as European Central Financial institution head.
In his inaugural speech, Sassoli urged Europeans to counter the “virus” of excessive nationalism and referred to as for a reform of EU guidelines on migration and political asylum.
He was elected after two rounds of voting, acquiring 345 votes within the 751-member meeting.
He stated negotiations with Britain over Brexit needs to be carried out with “good sense and a spirit of dialogue and friendship”.
“For us it’s painful to conceive of London removed from Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Rome,” he stated. Parliament’s backing is important to finalise the deal over Britain’s withdrawal from the EU.