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Laurence Farreng EP


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Hearing of Valdis Dombrovskis: "putting an end to the era of naïve Europe".

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On Friday 2 October, the Committee on International Trade held a hearing with the Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis appointed to the Trade portfolio. The Commissioner-designate complied with this exercise for three hours and was subject to questions from MEPs, including those of our French MEP Marie-Pierre Vedrenne.

The MoDem MEP stood firm during this hearing by questioning the European Commissioner on the necessary reform of the World Trade Organisation, the setting up of defence instruments but also the safeguarding of European interests.

She therefore stressed to Valdis Dombrovskis that "the construction of European strategic autonomy must go hand in hand with the defence of our interests, and that Europe must strengthen its trade policy, notably by promoting an ambitious reform of the WTO. ».

Valdis Dombrovskis replied to the MEP's question by committing himself to the introduction of new instruments to ensure "not only compliance with international rules but also to put an end to the era of naïve Europe". The defence of our interests inevitably requires reciprocity and fair rules of competition. Marie-Pierre Vedrenne recalled that the defence of our European interests undeniably involves safeguarding our standards and values, be they environmental, health or social.

Valdis Dombrovskis reaffirmed his commitment to make the Paris Agreement a key element of any trade agreement. After discussions and a vote, Valdis Dombrovskis was confirmed as European Commissioner for Trade. Marie-Pierre Vedrenne reacted: "In a context of instability and confrontation, we had to have a European Trade Commissioner quickly. Together with my fellow MEPs, we will ensure that the Commissioner's roadmap is maintained. Establishing fair, regulated and sustainable world trade is what the Renaissance delegation and I are in the European Parliament for and to ensure that the reciprocal commitments of the parties are effective and respected. »