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Alain Lamassoure's farewell to the European Parliament

(B2 in Strasbourg) A few weeks before the European elections, some MEPs have begun their farewells. This is the case of MEP Alain Lamassoure, who held on Tuesday (February 12), after the vote of his " last report (1) after 27 years in Parliament », to deliver a short word to his colleagues gathered in plenary.

Voting session, plenary session of 12 February 2019 © European Parliament

West of the Iron Curtain

« In 1989, I entered here in what was a political forum limited to a part of Europe, west of the iron curtain. The Parliament that I am about to leave is a genuinely European Parliament with legislative capacity. (...) Thanks to you, dear colleagues, I learned that listening, dialogue, mutual respect, the search for compromise, the obsession with the common interest were much more effective than the systematic confrontation which too often characterizes our national debates. Many of our national parliaments as well as a prestigious capitol would have a number of lessons to learn here said the South West MEP (2). A standing ovation (standing ovation) of the deputies greeted him... Rightly so!

(Emmanuelle Stoesser)

  1. Un investigation report initiative on enhanced cooperation
  2. Born in Pau in 1944, A. Lamassoure notably served as Minister for European Affairs (under Balladur 1993-1995) then for the Budget (under A. Juppé 1995-1997)

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).