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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

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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)
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

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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)

Solemn Declaration on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Speeches - Strasbourg - 13-01-2015

Martin Schulz.
70 years ago, on the 27th of January 1945, Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Soviet troops. What the liberators saw shocked the world as a whole and continues to do so to this day. The heaps of corpses, the piles of shoes and human hair, the evidence of stolen lives, the thin, hungry survivors, the proximity of death has been stamped on the collective memory of humankind. (Read more)
Martin Schulz.
Seventeen people died. These cartoonists, these journalists, these policemen, these employees, these Jewish citizens died because they defended and because they embodied what fanatics do not want: Criticism. Humor. Satire. Freedom of expression. Our life in a single community, irrespective of different opinions and confessions. Our right to live together and in safety. To put it simply: Our freedom. These attacks are an attack against all of us. It is up to us to respond. (Read more)

Martin Schulz on the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo offices

Press Release - Brussels - 07-01-2015

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On behalf of the European Parliament, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims of today's terrorist attack in Paris at the offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. We are profoundly shocked by this heinous crime which is an affront to civilised society and we unreservedly condemn such violence. (Read more)

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

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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)

Statement after meeting with Mario Monti, Chair of the high level working group on own resources

Press Release - Strasbourg - 17-12-2014

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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)