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"Mr President, I would like to enquire how Commissioners perceive their constitutionally delicate position. It should be borne in mind that on the one hand, they act as a type of government for the European Union. On the other hand, each Member State is entitled to propose a Commissioner. This means that a Commissioner is simultaneously a representative of his or her country. At any given time, it is difficult to reconcile the interests of the whole with the interests of one’s country. I therefore believe Commissioners must be guided by the basic principles of the European Union. The principle of solidarity is the most important of these. I call on the Commissioners to make a statement in this regard. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank the President for attending the ceremonies that took place in Poland on 3 May, Poland’s national holiday. I am sure I am speaking on behalf of my fellow Members too. We are most grateful to Mr Cox for his participation in the solemn ceremony connected with the building of the Church of the Divine Providence, which is the votive offering of the Polish people in thanksgiving for regaining their independence. Thank you very much."@en1

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