March 2016 plenary zapping: EU-Turkey refugee talks, Europe’s ambitious social agenda

03'05" 10/03/2016
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MEPs pore over the details of the refugee talks with Turkey, react to proposals on posted workers and support more funds for school milk, fruit and vegetable schemes.
The partnership with Turkey is about partnership. It is not about dependence on Turkey.
Manfred Weber
Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
This agreement must not serve for bartering or horse-trading the lives of refugees.
Gianni Pittella
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Our enemies are not the refugees who are fleeing from war, conflict and persecution. Our enemies are the people traffickers.
Syed Kamall
European Conservatives and Reformists Group
You know what we are doing, in fact? We are not changing Dublin now. No, we have put Turkey inside the Dublin system. That is what we have decided. Instead of changing the Dublin system and sharing in fair way between the Member States in the EU.

Guy Verhofstadt
Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
It’s morally bankrupt to, instead of condemning it, to lay out the red carpet for a regime which submits justice and the police to the punitive actions of one man who muzzles and imprisons any free press and disqualifies all democratic opposition and who, to win an election, relaunches civil war and bombs his own people.
Philippe Lamberts
Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
We find ourselves in the middle of the largest refugee and migration crisis since the end of the Second World War. Therefore it is self-evident that this particular 8 March 2016 should be dedicated to those women who are affected by this crisis.
Martin Schulz
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
Building fences and walls to keep people out is not a solution.

It will only increase the suffering of the people who have already suffered the unimaginable.

Rarely have so many people been displaced in the world as there are right now. But rarely have so few European countries stepped up and been prepared to act.
Stefan Löfven, take the initiative and build a good coalition with the other countries, show leadership and tell us which countries in the Council are standing in the way.
Cecilia Wikström
Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
A 'Triple A' social Europe requires fair and balanced growth that leads to the creation of decent, quality jobs.
The social situation in Europe urgently needs a social 'Triple A' rating. We have a situation that the poverty in Europe has reached such levels that a quarter of the population live on or under the OECD poverty line.

Thomas Händel
Confederal Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left
We must promote the values of free movement that the EU stands for. We need more posting in Europe, not less.
The principle of 'remuneration' for the protection of workers is very much wider than in the original directive which refers to 'pay'. This is likely to have an adverse impact on smaller businesses.
Anthea McIntyre
European Conservatives and Reformists Group