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Sandro Gozi: the Italian minister turned French MEP and Macron faithful

Sandro Gozi, French MEP, Renew Europe
Sandro Gozi, French MEP, Renew Europe © FRANCE24

Sandro Gozi is a newcomer to the European Parliament but he’s far from a newcomer to Europe. From 2014 to 2018 he was State Secretary for European Affairs in his native Italy. But he’s just taken up one of the 27 MEP seats that were redistributed after Brexit, from the UK’s allocation. Sandro Gozi was elected last year in parliament as part of Emmanuel Macron’s centrist “Renaissance” list of French MEPs

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Just days after far-right Italian leader Matteo Salvini came closer to being tried for his treatment of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean, Gozi says the answer must be "very severe against Salvini". As the EU leaders deliberate over how to dish out their common budget money for the next seven years, he says it’s time the EU laid down the law for states like Hungary and Poland and make their EU funding conditional on respecting rule of law obligations: "if you don’t comply with the rule of law, if you don’t comply with migration obligations, we don’t give you our money". On Brexit: "We are very clear. The more [the British] align to EU rules, the more the EU market will be open". "It is impossible to say that we will have a comprehensive agreement by the end of this year"

Presented by: Catherine Nicholson
Produced by: Mathilde Bénézet and Isabelle Romero

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