He said instead of scaling back the amount of power the European Parliament has, the next president should push for more power and financial control.
While Mr Schultz was criticised for his meddling reign as president, his would-be successor argued to not just replicate his leadership style but to improve upon it.
He made a particular point of highlighting his desire to increase the Parliament’s financial muscle.
“This president needs to push forward these changes. There will be a need for a power shift from the council, who is mainly defending its own national interest, to the Parliament, who is defending European interest.”