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Schulz on the Energy Union


Press Release - Energy and Climate Change - Brussels - 25-02-2015

Credits: Bert Kaufmann
Energy was central to the foundation of the European project in the '50s. Now, in the aftermath of the crisis, it should again give a boost to a stronger Europe. The President of the European Commission was right in making the energy union one of his top priorities and I am glad that it will be supported by his investment plan. The five dimensions and fifteen actions outlined today in the European Parliament touch upon issues the European Union has been struggling with for years. (Read more)
The political agreement in the Eurogroup today is to be welcomed wholeheartedly. It does not solve all problems but it should buy very precious time and will allow further talks to continue in a more serene environment. We must now seize the opportunity to wipe the slate clean of the rhetoric and posturing that has polluted the environment for too long and work towards a mutually beneficial outcome. (Read more)
 (Brussels ).
Over the weekend, Copenhagen, free speech and the Jewish community were subjected to a heinous and cowardly attack which strikes at the core of what makes us European: diversity, tolerance and freedom. In the name of the European Parliament I convey my condolences to the Danish nation and the family of the victims and the injured. (Read more)

Informal meeting of the Heads of State and Government - Speech by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 12-02-2015

Martin Schulz.
Today we discuss the fight against terrorism. Our feelings of shock that 17 people should have lost their lives in the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and on a kosher supermarket simply because of drawings which fanatics did not want to see in print, simply because as policemen they were protecting us, or simply because they were Jews, are still very raw. (Read more)
Vice-President Biden, it is both a great honour and pleasure to welcome you to the European Parliament today. In recent years the transatlantic relationship has been tested. Yet, there is much more that unites us than divides us. We, the US and Europe, are bound by a common history and shared values - on human rights, democracy and the rule of-law. (Read more)

Schulz congratulates Sergio Mattarella on his election to the Presidency of the Italian Republic

Press Release - Brussels - 31-01-2015

Credits : Wikimedia commons
I congratulate Sergio Mattarella on his election to the Presidency of the Republic. The strong political, institutional and legal profile of President Mattarella makes him an ideal guarantor of the constitutional values which underpin the Republic. I wish President Mattarella an excellent mandate, marked by stability and growth, as well as continuity with his predecessor in strengthening the European project. (Read more)

President Schulz attends International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Press Release - Prague - 27-01-2015

 ( Prague ).
On Tuesday 27 January, President Schulz visited Prague and Terezín to remember and honour the millions killed during the Holocaust and to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. He attended the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony in Prague, where he delivered a speech at the fourth International "Let my people Live!" Forum. (Read more)
Martin Schulz.
MEP Gabrielius Landsbergis, EP Rapporteur for Russia, was scheduled to visit Moscow on 29-31 January, but Russian authorities prevented him from doing so. I have raised the issue with the Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov. I stressed to the Ambassador that banning such a mission is counterproductive and urged him to reconsider the decision, given the importance of the visit for both sides. (Read more)

Statement by Martin Schulz on the swearing in of Alexis Tsipras as Prime Minister of Greece

Press Release - Brussels - 26-01-2015

 (Brussels ).
On behalf of the European Parliament I would like to express my congratulations to Alexis Tsipras, the new Prime Minister of Greece. It is a historical victory for his party. The position in the European Parliament is clear. Mr Tsipras is the democratically elected Prime Minister of a member state of the European Union with a full right in that regard to be respected by the European institutions as a representative of the government of Greece. (Read more)

Schulz on the rebels’ attack against civilians in Mariupol

Press Release - Brussels - 24-01-2015

Martin Schulz.
Russia-backed rebels in Eastern Ukraine have been spreading terror and destruction among the civilian population in the regions affected by the conflict at an unprecedented scale. (Read more)

Schulz on the resignation of the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano

Press Release - Strasbourg - 14-01-2015

 (Strasbourg ).
The resignation of Giorgio Napolitano today, at the very end of the Italian Council presidency, is a strong symbol of his unwavering Europeanism. Throughout his political career, and even more so during his presidency, President Napolitano has guaranteed stability, responsibility and guidance in Italy and Europe. His firm-hand in the midst of the Eurozone crisis and his decision to accept a second presidential mandate to overcome the deadlock in a divided Parliament, are just two examples of his leadership and selflessness. (Read more)