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Laudatio de Sofia Corradi con motivo de la entrega del Premio Europeo Carlos V

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Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Yuste - 09-05-2016

Laudatio de Sofia Corradi con motivo de la entrega del Premio Europeo Carlos V 
Agradezco a la Fundación Europea de Yuste, al Gobierno de Extremadura y muy especialmente a Su Majestad el Rey la invitación a participar en un acto tan especial, en una fecha tan señalada y en un lugar tan simbólico. En su libro ‘Viajes por España’, el escritor Pedro Antonio de Alarcón recomendaba vivamente visitar Yuste «a quien sea algo jinete, cuente con cuatro días y treinta duros de sobra y tenga algún conocido en Navalmoral de la Mata que proporcione caballo y guía». (Read more)

Charlemagne Prize 2016 - Speech by the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Rome - 06-05-2016

 (Rome ). 
It is a great honour and a pleasure for me to address you here today in the Sala Regia in the Vatican on the occasion of the award of the Charlemagne Prize to His Holiness Pope Francis. The Charlemagne Prize is a citizens' prize awarded by the citizens of Aachen, a city situated in my home region, where Germany, Holland and Belgium meet. (Read more)

Opening of the Plenary: Remarks on Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 27-04-2016

 (Brussels ). 
I assume that all of us still know what we were doing on the 26th of April 1986. This day is etched deeply in our memory as 30 years ago, on the 26th of April 1986, in the former Ukrainian Soviet Republic, reactor unit 4 of the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl exploded. This was followed by a total core melt down, a huge disaster, and a resulting tragedy with dire consequences. Radioactive material was ejected into the atmosphere, large parts of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine were contaminated; the radioactive cloud drifted to Central Europe and the North Cape. (Read more)
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I feel very privileged today. I feel privileged to receive this Laurea Honoris Causa from such a renowned academic institution. I feel very privileged to receive Rector Cataldi’s words of commendation and the speech by Professor Moretti, for which I am grateful. And I feel very privileged to be in the wonderful setting of Siena. Even if I am here for less than a day, simply walking through its medieval streets, entering one of the most beautiful and harmonious squares in the world – Piazza del Campo – is balm for the eyes and for the mind. I am here for less than a day and feel extremely privileged; you are here every day, and I hope you are well aware of your luck. (Read more)

Readout after meeting between President Schulz and Prime Minister Tsipras

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 14-04-2016

 (Strasbourg ). 
President Schulz and Prime Minister Tsipras have just held a thorough exchange in Strasbourg. Prime Minister Tsipras informed the President of the ongoing negotiations on the conclusion of the review. The President and the Prime Minister agreed that the Institutions and the Greek government must stick to the agreement reached last July. Greece and the Institutions are invited to do their utmost to conclude the review as soon as possible. (Read more)