Frans Timmermans last night thanked party activists for their hard work, dedication and energy, and reaffirmed his desire to build a coalition which reflects the election verdict delivered by voters – pro-European and focused on achieving sustainability and progressive change.
Addressing activists who had gathered in Brussels for election night, the PES Common Candidate said:
“Let me make this promise to you tonight, because you deserve a promise from me because you have done so much in this campaign, the pride I feel for you tonight is huge. The gratitude I feel for you tonight is huge. And on that basis, I want to say: I pledge to you I will fight to find a progressive majority in the European Parliament that will really take steps to fight climate change, social injustice, and make big corporations pay tax.”
Thank you for your support! pic.twitter.com/JyxR8Q9wgV— Frans Timmermans (@TimmermansEU) 26 mei 2019
Frans Timmermans’s national party – the PvdA – won the election in the Netherlands, doubling its share of the vote and increasing its MEPs from three to six. Overall, the socialists remain the second largest party in the European Parliament.
The PES Common Candidate also addressed media that had gathered in the hemicycle to watch the results. You can watch his speech on Vimeo.