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Address to the Verkhovna Rada

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Speeches - Kyiv - 03-07-2015

 (Kyiv ).
It is a great honour and pleasure to be here with you on this special day, the day of the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between the European Parliament and the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. This agreement will bring our two Parliaments, and thus our people, even closer together. As Europeans, peace and unity on our continent are ideals we all treasure. Our shared values, democracy and rule of law, individual rights and human dignity, drive the European project. (Read more)

Martin Schulz expresses solidarity after today’s terrorist attacks

Press Release - Brussels - 26-06-2015

Martin Schulz.
On behalf of the European Parliament, I express our strong condemnation following the terrorist attacks which targeted Tunisia in Sousse today. All our thoughts are with the victims and their families and we assure the people and the Tunisian authorities of our full support. It is Tunisian democracy which is targeted once again, three months after the attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis. (Read more)

Speech at the European Council Meeting in Brussels

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 25-06-2015

Martin Schulz © European Union 2014 - European Parliament. (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license) (13/01/2015).
we all have been following the negotiations between Greece and its partners very closely this week. The European Parliament hopes, that a compromise will be reached today; one that will keep Greece in the Eurozone and pave the way for improving the sustainability of Greek debt. The Greek people have made enormous sacrifices. And the partners have made substantial concessions. Now it is upon the Greek government to take the stretched-out hand of its partners. (Read more)

Investment Plan for Europe: Parliament delivers

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Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 24-06-2015

 (Brussels ).
With a large majority, the European Parliament gave today its go-ahead to the European Fund for Strategic Investments after reaching an agreement with the Council. The Parliament's contribution has not only offered a key political backing to the Investment plan since its inception, it not only managed to pass this complex regulation at record speed, but it also managed to improve it considerably. (Read more)

Completing Europe's Economic and Monetary Union

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Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 22-06-2015

 (Brussels ).
Moving ahead with economic and monetary union is not only necessary but essential. We need to deepen and strengthen our economic governance to stabilise our economies, deliver growth, ensure a tighter economic unit in the face of globalisation and, certainly not of less importance, ensure that the democratic dimension of economic policy making is much better represented. The report presented today sets the ball off in this direction. (Read more)
Martin Schulz © European Union 2014 - European Parliament. (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license) (11/03/2013).
As a child, I experienced borders on a daily basis. I grew up in the border region of Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium – and I remember vividly queuing at the wooden turnpikes on my way to visit family. They were the borders between countries. They still exist today. Even though the wooden turnpikes have gone, and no one is stopped to show their passport. (Read more)
 (Schengen ).
ich bin sehr froh, heute hier bei Ihnen in Schengen zu sein und mit Ihnen die Unterzeichnung des Schengener Abkommen vor 30 Jahren feiern zu dürfen. Denn kaum etwas verkörpert für mich so sehr die Errungenschaften der europäischen Einigung wie die offenen Grenzen. Schengen liegt, wie meine Heimatstadt Würselen auch, in einem Dreiländereck. Für uns alle, die wir in einer solchen Grenzregion aufgewachsen sind, war die Erfahrung mit Grenzen prägend. Ich bin überzeugt: diese Erfahrung hat uns zu so etwas wie Instinkteuropäern gemacht. Weil wir immer gespürt haben, dass diese Grenzen brutal trennen, was eigentlich zusammen gehört. (Read more)

Schulz on the postponement of the vote on the TTIP resolution

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 10-06-2015

Martin Schulz © European Union 2014 - European Parliament. (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license) (13/11/2014).
After consultations with group leaders and the rapporteur and in accordance with Rule 175 of the Rules of Procedure, I decided to postpone the vote on the TTIP resolution to give more time to the International Trade Committee to further reflect on the outstanding issues and to reduce as much as possible the large number of amendments tabled. (Read more)

Schulz on the Turkish general elections

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Press Release - Strasbourg - 08-06-2015

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Yesterday's elections in Turkey were a healthy democratic exercise: the turnout was remarkable and the elections were free and fair. The election stands as proof of the vibrancy and pluralism of Turkish democracy. The outcome of these elections now offers an opportunity to move from polarisation to dialogue, to reinforce the checks and balances in the system and to face the many challenges Turkey is confronted with: from a cooling economy to a testy foreign policy. (Read more)
 (Brussels ).
It is a great pleasure to be here with you today and to open the 2015 European Development Days together with you, Commission President Juncker, Prime Minister Straujuma, Prime Minister Bettel and Mrs. Gates. This conference could not have been organized at a better time. 2015 is not only the European Year of Development. This year will be decisive for defining the goals of the post-2015 development agenda. And these European Development Days - together with you as participants and stakeholders - can help make 2015 the year where we successfully address the most pressing global challenges. (Read more)

European Parliament's relations with Russia

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Press Release - Brussels - 02-06-2015

Martin Schulz.
Following the publication of the blacklist of European politicians and officials, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, today informed the Russian Ambassador to the EU that insofar as the Russian authorities have failed to ensure transparency in their decisions, in line with international law and legal obligations, and allow the targeted individuals the right of defence and of appeal, he considers that it is now justified to take appropriate measures in response. (Read more)