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"Mr President, I was very interested in the reference made by the Prime Minister in his speech this morning to the Europe of values. And, as well as this legitimate vision, there is another complementary vision of Europe (I would be grateful if Mr Blair could put on his headphones), there is another legitimate Europe which is complementary to the former, which is the Europe of the tangible, the Europe of hard cash, and the Europe of the net contribution and the net beneficiary, and the Europe of the British rebate. I am pleased that you believe that we in Europe no longer see ourselves simply as consumers in a big market, but as citizens of the Union. There is a qualitative social leap from the notion of a consumer to that of a citizen and from the notion of a common market to that of a project of political union. It is clear that leadership is needed in order to propel the project in the right direction, in order to bring Europe closer to the citizens, in order to recover the path of sustainable growth and job creation and in order to give Europe a role on the international stage in accordance with its economic, commercial, financial and industrial weight. Europe, Prime Minister, is not the problem, it is the solution. And we need more Europe rather than less Europe. And the important thing is to move on from words to actions. Mr President-in-Office of the Council, it is important to move on from words to actions and leave behind purely rhetorical statements, because you have signed a document reducing the European Union’s ambitions and budgetary resources. Or do you believe, Mr President-in-Office, that we are going to be able to deal with the priority of doubling funds for Africa if we have less resources? Do you believe that we are going to be able to deal with the priority of introducing the necessary economic reforms if we have less resources? Do you believe that we are going to be able to deal with the challenges facing the European Union with less resources? Mr President, I wish the British Presidency the best of luck in its task of bringing together wills and creating consensus so that the European Union can move forward, but it will only be able to do so on the basis of two perspectives or two premises: firstly, by providing the money required to realise our ideals; and secondly, Mr President, by everybody seeking advantage on the basis of a common advantage."@en1

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