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Opening speech at the high-level seminar "The European Union and Latin America: common challenges and opportunities"

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 28-05-2015

 (Brussels ). 
I am very happy to have the opportunity to open the conference on relations between the EU and the Latin American and Caribbean States, and cordially welcome you to the European Parliament. I should like to begin by thanking my colleague Ramón Jáuregui Atondo – a tireless advocate of Eurolat – for organising the conference. I have for a long time taken a strong personal interest in relations between our two continents. Europe and Latin America are natural allies. Not only do we share such common values as democracy, the rule of law and human rights, but we also share interests, for example with regard to a multilateral world order or trade issues. (Read more)

Schulz on the Polish Presidential Elections

Press Release - Brussels - 25-05-2015

 (Brussels ). 
I congratulate Andrzej Duda on his election victory. Poland-EU relations are a cornerstone of Poland’s recent success story. I look forward to working with President Duda and hearing his ideas and plans on how to advance the EU project to the mutual benefit of Poland and its European partners. I also pay tribute to Bronisław Komorowski for his statesmanship and relentless engagement in the advancement of the EU project throughout his presidency. (Read more)

Speech by President Schulz at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga


Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Riga - 22-05-2015

When we came together at the last Eastern Partnership Summit in Vilnius two years ago, no one could have foreseen the dramatic events that unfolded in its wake. The illegal annexation of Crimea has shaken the European security architecture. And the conflict in Eastern Ukraine continues to weigh heavily on our relationship with Russia. Yet, one thing has changed from Vilnius to Riga: the EU's overall capacity to respond to the peoples' hopes for a better future and to the challenges in the region has improved substantially. (Read more)

Speech by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, to mark his receipt of the International Charlemagne Prize in Aachen

Speeches - Aachen - 14-05-2015

 (Aachen ). 
When I was a boy, every year on Ascension Day my father, a policeman, was assigned to the detail whose duty it was to protect dignitaries attending the Charlemagne Prize award ceremony. I kept asking my mother where he was and what he was doing, and so she started taking me along to Aachen Town Hall. Standing next to my mother in the marketplace and seeing Jens Otto Krag or Joseph Luns waving from the town hall steps, I never dreamed that one day I, too, would be awarded the Charlemagne Prize. (Read more)

Celebrating Europe is synonymous to celebrating peace

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 08-05-2015

Celebrating Europe is synonymous to celebrating peace 
This year's Europe Day which we will celebrate tomorrow is a special one with 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. The spectacle of horror that was this war, with an outrageous accumulation of barbarity, plunged humanity into the abyss. Our continent however was able to rise above hatred and fear to unite in solidarity, democracy, and tolerance for a project of political and economic union which remains unique in the world. Never has our continent known such a long period without conflict. Celebrating Europe is synonymous to celebrating peace. (Read more)