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Sakharov Prize Network: Mid-Term Conference

Speeches - Human Rights - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 24-05-2016

Martin Schulz.
It is my pleasure to welcome you back to the European Parliament. We last met in Strasbourg in 2013 when we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Sakharov Prize. On that occasion, we committed to meeting regularly, so I'm proud to be here with you again today. As President of the European Parliament, I have had the honour to present the Sakharov Prize to Laureates from countries as diverse as Myanmar, Cuba, Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Read more)

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

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

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

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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)

Martin Schulz welcomes the results of the votes on PNR and protection of personal data

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

The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz welcomed the results of Thursday’s plenary session votes on the Passenger name record (PNR) Directive and on the package on the protection of personal data. The package on the protection of personal data is made up of a regulation on the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and of a directive on the processing of personal data for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties. (Read more)

Schulz on the signing of Better Law Making Agreement

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Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 13-04-2016

 (Strasbourg ).
The representatives of the European Parliament, Council and Commission signed today in the Strasbourg plenary the Better Law Making agreement. It replaces the last agreement between the three institutions of 2003 and will enter into force as of today. (Read more)

Martin Schulz on the death of Hans-Dietrich Genscher

Press Release - Brussels - 01-04-2016

 (Brussels ).
I am saddened today by the passing of Hans-Drietrich Genscher. We lose a great, intelligent and influential politician. He was a convinced European, who significantly contributed to Germany's reunification and always fought for European integration. His life-time's achievements will never be forgotten. I myself am very grateful for the numerous, enriching encounters I had with him. I wish his family and friends my deepest sympathy in this difficult time. (Read more)

Speech to the Cyprus Parliament

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Speeches - Human Rights - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Cyprus - 29-03-2016

 (Cyprus ).
I was born in 1955 - in post-war Germany, in a town close to where Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands meet, in a divided country. I know from my own experience how long it takes for the wounds of war to heal and what it means to grow up in a place where borders are an inescapable reality. After the war, the European unification process made it possible for West Germany to rejoin the family of European peoples. Our neighbours chose reconciliation, not retaliation. Then, when the Schengen Agreement came into force, the barriers at Europe's internal borders fell. (Read more)

Statement by President Schulz on the attacks in Brussels

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Press Release - Brussels - 22-03-2016

Martin Schulz.
I am horrified by the despicable and cowardly attacks which took place in Brussels today. My thoughts go out first and foremost to the victims and the wounded, as well as their families and friends. These acts anger and sadden me at the same time. They are born from barbarism and hatred which do justice to nothing and no one. Brussels, like other cities hit by such terrorist attacks, will stand strong, and the European institutions hosted so generously by the Brussels institutions and its inhabitants will do likewise. (Read more)