It is only by working twice as hard to respond to the concerns of citizens that the European Parliament will win back the general public's trust. I look forward to the challenge, working for all Europeans over the next two and a half years.
Antonio TAJANI - President of the European Parliament
It is an honour to welcome, on behalf of the European Parliament, the winners of the 2017 Sakharov Prize. I should like to start by saying a few words about the other nominees short-listed this year. Aura Lolita Chávez Ixaquic is an indigenous Guatemalan leader who has made it her life’s work to defend indigenous lands and marginalised communities. The European Parliament’s commitment to protecting vulnerable ethnic groups and the rights of indigenous peoples is unwavering.
(Read more) : Address by President Tajani at the award ceremony for the 2017 Sakharov Prize
I should like to thank Commissioner Tibor Navracsics for organising this Forum. It provides a rare opportunity to exchange views and compare experiences in relation to this vital sector. As an Italian, I am delighted that Milan should have been chosen to host the event marking the official start of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. We are in a city which has great symbolic significance, where the culture and creativity of the past nurture the living culture of the present.
(Read more) : Opening speech at the European Culture Forum, Milan - Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament