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"Mr President, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to congratulate Mr Kazak on his draft report, also on behalf of my colleague Mr Winkler, who is our group’s shadow rapporteur for this brief. I would like to thank the Commission expressly for this proposal in relation to macro-financial assistance, as it gives us a very good legal framework for helping those countries that genuinely need our urgent assistance. What is important to us, the Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), is that this instrument should be put to real use in close cooperation between the European External Action Service, the Directorate-General for Trade and all other affected parties. We must incorporate this instrument more effectively in European foreign and security policy than we have done in the past. The instrument has already demonstrated that it works. Macro-financial assistance has been granted 55 times to 23 countries since 1990. The countries that we support in this way are our immediate neighbours, showing that we are willing and able to offer genuine assistance in times of crisis, when these countries need our help. For this reason we expressly support the proposal from Mr Kazak that today’s final vote should be postponed. We want a quick solution. We want the revised version of this instrument to come into force quickly and would be very pleased if we can come up with a good solution during the forthcoming negotiations."@en1

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