Ex-premier and Forza Italia (EPP) leader Silvio Berlusconi described the European Union as “essential” on Monday as he presented his electoral programme to the EPP in Brussels. “Europe is essential and let’s hope that it returns to being that of the founding fathers,” Berlusconi said as reported by ANSA.
“It is necessary for it to reinforce itself and gives itself common foreign and defence policies. This would save billions of euros and make it become a world power to be able to count among the great powers of the future”.
During the day Berlusconi met with EPP Secretary General Antonio Lopez, President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani and President of the European Commission Juncker to speak about a joint vision for the European Union.
“The 3 percent deficit rule can be a debatable one, but we intend on respecting it,” Berlusconi told reporters after a meeting at the headquarters of the center-right European People’s Party in Brussels, Reuters reported.
“Excellent meeting,” according to Juncker. “Berlusconi is a great statesman,” chairman of the EPP Group at the European Parliament Manfred Weber said.