As Italy takes the seat of the next six-month presidency of the European Union, Manuel Valls, in response to a question from Deputy Élisabeth Guigou, specified France’s position as to the roadmap of the future European Commission for the coming five years.
"This roadmap is largely inspired by the agenda proposed by the French government a few days ago, following the summit of the social-democrats in Paris, and it finally gives a rightful place to growth, investments and employment," the Prime Minister stated as one of his first points.
Use "all the flexibility offered by the Stability and Growth Pact"
"We need to be capable of using all the flexibility and elasticity offered by the stability pact to support activity without disrupting this growth (...). When voices agree, when there is a political willingness, when France, Italy and even Germany are capable of agreeing on these orientations demanded by the European citizens, not only is this policy possible, it is also complementary to the choices we are making."