“We need more than one percent of European GDP, quite clearly, if we are to pursue European policies and fund them adequately.” – Jean-Claude Juncker, Deustche Welle, 9 January 2018.
“This is not just a bilateral problem, it affects the whole of the EU. The European Commission has proposed to be a mediator in the negotiations… [this offer was] not well accepted” – and that this dispute affects the “perspective of the Western Balkan countries to become EU members.” – Jean-Claude Juncker, b92, 9 January 2018.
“We would like to try to mediate between the two sides [Slovenia and Croatia] — on the basis of the decision of the Court of Arbitration of course… The differences between the two sides are tiny — tiny!” – Jean-Claude Juncker, Yahoo News, 9 January 2018.
“There is going to be Brexit, of course. Don’t believe those who say that it’s not going to happen and that people have realised their error in the UK. I don’t think that is going to be the case. My working hypothesis is that the British are going to be leaving us on 30 March 2019. So between now and then, we need to do our utmost to fund the means to react to the loss of a significant number of billions of euros” – Jean-Claude Juncker, The Guardian, 8 January 2018.
“It is difficult when a net contributor leaves the budget coffers of Europe. I’m not at all in favour of Europe becoming the place where it is free beer for everybody without having checked first what exactly one is funding… But I am very much in favour of looking very closely at all policies. What we need has to stay, has to be funded. It costs the European taxpayer one cup of coffee a day, that’s all. And I think Europe is [worth] more than one cup of coffee a day.” – Jean-Claude Juncker, The Guardian, 8 January 2018.
“Italy has been extremely useful to the EU in respect of migration policy and the stability pact… I pay special tribute to Italy’s economy minister Mr [Carlo] Padoan, who has been extremely cooperative.” – Jean-Claude Juncker, ADN Kronos, 8 January 2018.
“Why are we making a whole thing out of Austria when we are partially blind to other countries? This is a pro-European government and that’s it [referring to Austria upcoming EU presidency – Austria has a far-right party coalition].” – Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Observer, 29 December 2017.
“The EU is and will remain one of the most open markets in the world. We are and will remain in the first line defending open, fair and rules-based trade. This, however, should not be mistaken as naivety. Our unshakable and facts-based conviction that trade brings prosperity will not prevent us from defending our workers and companies with all legitimate tools when others do not play by the rules. With this new legislation and a new set of modernised tools that will be soon in place, Europe will be able to keep pace and deal more effectively with the ever changing realities of the international trading environment.” – Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Reporter, 21 December 2017.
“As is the case with all governments, we will assess the Austrian government by its deeds.” – Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Reporter, 21 December 2017.
“The EU has to mobilise money in order to help our Italian friends overcome the consequences of the earthquakes. This is a European duty too. This is above all about the people but also about the cultural heritage that has been destroyed by the earthquakes. There is this beautiful cathedral in Norcia. I would like the EU to help rebuild it.” – Jean-Claude Juncker, Europa.eu, 21 November 2017.