All of you will understand my excitement at this moment in assuming the presidency of the EU Parliament. These are the first words of David Sassoli after the election on the second attempt with 345 votes. A long applause from the Strasbourg assembly welcomed the thanks to Forza Italia's predecessor, Antonio Tajani. The Italian candidate, supported by the whole group of democratic socialists, was voted only by his Pd, among our parties: M5S left freedom of conscience, Forza Italia abstained, while Lega and Fdi voted for conservative Jan Zahradil . In the first round none of the names in contention had obtained the necessary quorum but Sassoli had already gone one step away from the finish line, with 325 consents: only 7 were missing. The other contenders were largely detached.