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". Mr President, Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen, since the Tampere European Council included amongst its objectives the creation of a common asylum system, Parliament – including the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats) and European Democrats – has been fully committed to that objective and to the European Union’s intention to respond to those people who come to our countries legitimately in search of better lives and a better future. Today, and with our sights set on 2010, the date established in the Hague programme for completing the second phase of the common asylum system, we are faced with the fortunate fact that the European Union has already adopted important rules, but there is still a long way to go and we are committed to doing so. Our actions should be characterised by responsibility and rigour. When we are talking about human beings who need our help we cannot act in any other way. We are dealing with an important report which I believe has the fundamental merit of offering a clear and decisive view of certain issues: firstly, Parliament is saying a firm ‘no’ to the proposal to create reception camps in countries outside the Union. The responsibility I spoke about a moment ago cannot be evaded; we cannot deal with those people looking to us to respond to their despair by looking the other way. Keeping asylum seekers outside of our borders is not the best way to demonstrate the validity of the values on which the European Union is based. Secondly, we ask that assistance for refugees be based on the principle of solidarity and a fair distribution of responsibility. Once again, we can see that only solidarity and joint action by the Union can provide viable and lasting solutions. Once again, the Union has the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to a genuinely common asylum system. Finally, we express our support for a system of resettlement at Community level, but one which always reconciles the will of the State and that of the individual in question. For all of these reasons – although right now we have just one difficulty with the rapporteur – whose ability to reconcile positions we very much appreciate and who we thank – only if the problem separating us, with regard to so-called safe third countries, is resolved, will we be able to vote in favour of this report."@en1

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