Interview 29 Mar 17

EPP Cannot ‘Police’ its Balkan Members, Daul Says

As Balkan members of the same centre-right bloc in the European Parliament feud openly with other, EPP leader Joseph Daul says the bloc cannot ‘point fingers’ but does its best to find compromises.

Maja Zivanovic
BIRN
Belgrade

EPP president Joseph Daul I Photo: Twitter/EPP

The Balkan parties associated with the centre-right bloc in Strasbourg, the European People’s Party, EPP need to work hard to ensure a better life for their countries and eventual EU membership, Joseph Daul told BIRN in an interview.

Priorities need to be rule of law, an independent judiciary and a firm fight against corruption, Daul said, adding that once these three conditions are met, Balkan countries will attract more investment that will improve their economies and will keep their youngest and brightest workers at home.

“This will also make the states in the region ready to withstand many internal or external challenges with the full backing of their people,” Daul said.

Daul, who is French and comes from a farming family, is a member of France’s Republican party, is a member of the European Parliament and since 2013 has been president of the EPP, which is the largest bloc in the European Parliament.

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