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This Parliament is the heart of democracy at the EU level. The European Parliament will always be on the side of the people, working to improve the daily lives of hundreds of millions Europeans. The European Parliament will work in a dignified and fair manner based on respect and non-discrimination. On behalf of this Parliament, I will work with even greater vigour, transparency and visibility in all that I do for Europe.


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 (Brussels ). 
With the death of Mário Soares, Portugal and the European Union have lost a towering statesman: a visionary, a pragmatist, a reformist, a fighter and a democrat. Mário Soares brought Portugal back at the heart of the European family giving Portuguese citizens greater prosperity, social protections and liberties. (Read more)

Speech of the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz at the European Council of 15 December 2016

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 15-12-2016

 (Strasbourg ). 
“Although one country has decided to leave, the EU remains indispensable for the rest of us. In the aftermath of the wars and deep divisions on our continent, the EU secured peace, democracy and enabled our countries to prosper. [...] The EU is not perfect but it is the best instrument we have for addressing the new challenges we are facing.” (Read more)

Statement by the President on his end of term

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 14-12-2016

 (Strasbourg ). 
This is my last full plenary session I am chairing as President of the European Parliament and it is a moving moment for me. Five years ago, after being elected as President, I said that it was my goal to make the European Parliament more visible, more audible and more influential. Five years later, I can say that together we have achieved this: today the Parliament is more visible, more audible and more influential than ever. (Read more)

Sakharov Prize 2016 Award Ceremony

Speeches - Foreign Affairs - Human Rights - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 13-12-2016

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It is a real honour for the European Parliament to welcome Nadia Murad and Lamya Haji Bashar, our 2016 Sakharov Prize Laureates, two incredible women who fight for their community, the Yazidis. (Read more)

Speech on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty


Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Maastricht - 09-12-2016

 (Brussels ). 
Coming to Maastricht is always a very special pleasure to me. I was born only some 40km from here, and those of you in the audience who come from this region, will know that it has a very special feeling to it. I use to say that someone coming from here, where the borders of the Netherlands, of Belgium and Germany meet and those countries flow almost seamlessly into each other, must almost definitely develop a sort of European identity, or at least a very personal understanding of what Europe is about. (Read more)