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"Madam President, when, between 10 and 13 June, European Parliament elections are held in the 25 Member States, a dream will come true. According to the opinion-formers, these elections will pass judgment on the policies of governments in office, rather than on those of the European Parliament. It is evident that no direct connection is made between the situation in the Member States and the policies we adopt here. In the run-up to the elections, there is a website in the Netherlands entitled ‘geenwoorden.nl’. Rather than words, after all, the voter wants to see action and find out whether the parties and MEPs have delivered on their election promises. The citizen is entitled to a government which honours its promises and which translates good intentions into proper policy. If I extend this parallel to the Commission, it appears that today's declaration is once again full of good intentions and wishes, and once again I cannot shake off the impression that these will not be taken any further. Over the past months, I have, at various times during debates on economic policy, drawn attention to the stranded Lisbon process. This process is well and truly stuck because the Member States are waiting for each other to implement the measures. The Member States are themselves responsible for implementation, and you will appreciate that with 25 Member States, a few countries should take the lead. We in this House do not need to sit back and watch passively; we can define the Lisbon objectives in our resolutions more effectively. We will then attain achievable objectives, and you will see that achievable objectives can be implemented. It is high time we focused on European socio-economic policy. The Member States should implement that policy and we must monitor the implementation of the agreements reached. In that way, the elections may not be about settling scores, but instead about giving a mandate."@en1

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