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
Today we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the European Court of Auditors. These have been 40 years of commitment to the European idea, 40 years of service to our citizens and of service to our values. Our common values are founded in our commitment to democracy. Democracy requires us to be accountable towards EU citizens, who remind us every day that we must spend our money wisely and correctly. It is vital, therefore, that EU expenditure should be subjected to proper, close scrutiny, and it is the European Court of Auditors’ task to guarantee that every last euro spent to fund the Union’s activities is spent as it should be.
(Read more) : Speech by President Tajani on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the European Court of Auditors
Mali is a privileged EU partner and Africa is a priority for the European Parliament. We have to deepen our partnership and cooperation with the African continent in a range of areas, such as sustainable development, youth employment, climate change, peace, security, migration human rights. To this end, the European Parliament will organise a high-level conference on Africa on 22 November, one week before the EU-Africa Summit in Abidjan, whose objective will be to increase dialogue and investment between the two continents. The more Africa will be stable, safe and prosperous, the more it will be able to take advantage of its potential.
(Read more) : Statement following meeting with the Prime Minister of Republic of Mali
I would like to welcome the Prime Minister on her first visit to the European Parliament. Your pro-European approach has my full support. I look forward to building a solid relationship with Serbia and am planning to visit your country at the end of January. I want to organise, with the chamber of commerce, a meeting between European and Serbian companies to strengthen the economic relationship between the European Union and your country.
(Read more) : Statement following meeting with the Prime Minister of Serbia