Press conference of Jean-Claude Juncker with Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho in Lisbon, Portugal
- A Digital Internal Market, where Europe abolishes the regulatory borders between countries for online surfers, innovative start ups and mobile phone users. 3 million jobs could be created over the next five years in this field we get our policies right.
- A European Energy Union, which better connects Europe's energy grid, and which makes Europe the home of modern renewable energy
- A balanced Free Trade Agreement with the US that abolishes notably all customs duties. It is anachronistic that Portuguese companies have to pay up to 3% customs duties on Portuguese products sold on the US market!
To achieve this - growth and jobs without new debt - we need a strong responsible leadership of the next European Commission that can work together in partnership with responsible governments in all Member States, North and South, East and West, big and small.
I believe that I am the right man for the job.
Let me make a final important remark: Over the past 10 years, the European Commission was in Portuguese hands, under the presidency of my friend José Manuel Barroso. These were not easy years, and it was important that there was someone at the head of the Commission who understood the South of Europe well. Who put a strong emphasis on solidarity when others were talking only about fiscal discipline, important as it is.
I want to underline that as Commission President I will try my best to continue this work of José Manuel Barroso.
Europe needs solidity AND solidarity. The Commission needs to understand the North and the South, small and big countries.
And perhaps it is not a bad thing if the next President of the Commission will come from a country in which 20% of the population are Portuguese. It will certainly ensure that Portugal's voice will continue to be strong in Europe over the next 5 years.
Thank you for your attention."
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