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Speech to the European Council by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 18-12-2014

Martin Schulz.
We have come together in Brussels today to discuss the Investment Plan for Europe that was launched in the European Parliament on the 26th of November. The Plan may not yet be perfect, the plan may not reflect everybody's wish list, but the plan clearly demonstrates our willingness to get Europe out of the crisis. The Investment Plan is a strong signal that we are committed to a new path for Europe towards growth and jobs. And it is of utmost importance that you clearly commit yourself to its success, too. (Read more)

Martin Schulz on the conclusion of the Association Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Georgia

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 18-12-2014

Credits: Flickr Kober
I warmly welcome today's conclusion of the Association Agreement between the Republic of Georgia and the European Union. I would like to congratulate the people of Georgia on what is nothing less than a historic moment in the relationship between the EU and Georgia. The conclusion of the agreement was supported by an overwhelming majority of the European Parliament and it constitutes the result of the efforts of the Georgian authorities within the framework of the Eastern Partnership. (Read more)
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On Wednesday President Schulz met Mario Monti, chair of the High Level Working Group on own resources in order to take stock of preliminary findings of the working group. President Schulz stressed that the need for clear and stable EU budget revenue streams could not be more urgent with recent high profile incidents showing that the system with which the budget is funded is not working for anyone. (Read more)

Statement made at the European Parliament plenary session

Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Brussels - 16-12-2014

Martin Schulz.
we have all heard the shocking news from Pakistan this morning. More than 120 people, including at least 100 children, were murdered in cold blood in a school by the Taliban. Many more people are still within the school premises, possibly being held captive. This heinous and cowardly crime leaves all of us stunned and speechless It once again demonstrates the Taliban’s moral depravity, whose inhuman ideology and merciless fanaticism does not even spare innocent children. (Read more)

Opening of the plenary: situation in Turkey

Press Release - Strasbourg - 15-12-2014

Martin Schulz.
The freedom and pluralism of the media are a core value of our Union. Turkey is a candidate country which is in accession negotiations with the EU. The relationship with candidate countries has to be an honest and open one. (Read more)

Schulz awards the 2014 Sakharov Prize to Dr Denis Mukwege

Press Release - Human Rights - Strasbourg - 26-11-2014

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I am particularly honoured to award the European Parliament's 2014 Sakharov Prize for the Freedom of Thought to Dr Denis Mukwege from the Democratic Republic of Congo. By awarding this prize, the European Parliament acknowledges his admirable work as a medical doctor and honours the man who struggles for women’s dignity, for justice and peace in his country. (Read more)
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Dr Mukwege, before I pay tribute to your exceptional work, please allow me to welcome a number of other guests who have demonstrated a genuine commitment to freedom and human rights. One of them is the representative of the Ukrainian EuroMaidan Movement, Yelyzaveta Schepetylnykova. You have displayed enormous courage; You have fought to secure a better future for your country, at great risk to your own life; You took to the streets in order to demonstrate in favour of a free and democratic Ukraine. You have our unqualified support and solidarity. (Read more)

President Schulz welcomes Pope Francis to the European Parliament

Speeches - Strasbourg - 25-11-2014

 (Strasbourg ).
26 years ago, Pope John Paul II addressed the European Parliament. His speech was a milestone of the path that led to the fall of the Iron Curtain and European reunification. Today you will be addressing a European Parliament, with Members representing more than 500 million citizens, coming from 28 Member States. We represent the plurality and diversity of Europe. For the last six years Europe has been living through a dramatic and unprecedented crisis. (Read more)
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Today we are discussing some very serious topics but also commemorating a milestone in our ability to face up to protecting vulnerable groups: the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. The adoption of the Convention and its rapid ratification were major steps forward for bettering children's rights. It has led to countless initiatives and tangible results the world over. (Read more)

Launch of the President's Flickr webpage


Press Release - Brussels - 17-11-2014

 (Brussels ).
We're happy to announce the launch of the President's new Flickr webpage, a photo hosting website where you can now easily access numerous images related to President Schulz. The photos are uploaded shortly after each of the President's activities and are easily accessible. The website allows you to save your favourite images in different sizes. You can now easily follow, like and save the photos of President Schulz. (Read more)

European Parliament meets EXPO 2015

Speeches - Espace Yehudi Menuhin - 12-11-2014

 (Espace Yehudi Menuhin ).
Preparations for the EXPO Milan are in full swing. This exhibition is a good testimony of how advanced works are. I am glad that the European Parliament was chosen as one of the first places to present the projects of the European Union and its Member States. The EXPO is first and foremost an event intended to establish a dialogue with, and between, citizens. (Read more)