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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)
 (Strasbourg ).
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)
 (Brussels ).
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

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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)
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On 9 November 25 years ago the eyes of the whole word were fixed on Berlin. And the whole world was a witness as courageous men and women tore down the Berlin Wall. A wall which symbolised the arbitrary division of Germany and Europe, guarded by soldiers, fortified by barbed wire, made concrete by this very Wall, a wall of fear, across which two superpowers eyed one another as enemies; at which two political systems collided; a wall which had brutally rent families, a country, an entire continent apart. This painful division was ended by a peaceful revolution. Not one single tank rumbled through the streets. Not one single shot was fired. Not one single drop of blood was shed. A magical moment in the history of Germany and the start of a new era in Europe. (Read more)
Martin Schulz.
It is a very welcome initiative, in particular because the speech is given on 9 November, a day which evokes such mixed emotions among us Germans, as the day on which the republic was proclaimed after the First World War had come to an end in 1918, as the day of the attempted putsch by Hitler and Ludendorff in 1923, as the day on which Jewish businesses throughout Germany were attacked in 1938, the so-called Reichspogromnacht, a day of shame for our nation, and more recently, as the day on which the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, a day of joy; it makes perfect sense, therefore, to think about topical EU issues on a day which symbolises the low points and the high points in German history like no other. Like no other day, 9 November illustrates just how closely German history and European history are bound up with one another and just how great the burden of responsibility for Europe that Germany bears is. (Read more)

Schulz on the reports on tax evasion and avoidance

Press Release - Brussels - 06-11-2014

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I have taken note of the reports and I am confident that the European Commission will check the cases with regard to potential breaches of EU law and will take all appropriate actions swiftly and if necessary. What worries me most is the fact that the reported practices were manifestly legally possible in some countries. (Read more)
 (Brussels ).
Some days ago, I learned from a report published by the World Economic Forum that it will take 81 years until men and women will be truly equal. 81 years - this means only my daughters' granddaughter will be born into a world where women have the same rights and opportunities as men! And we are really talking about things that every human being should be able to take for granted: about access to health care and education, about equal opportunities and equal pay in the work place, and about political participation. (Read more)

Schulz on the visit of the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos

Press Release - Brussels - 04-11-2014

 (Brussels ).
President Santos' visit today to the European Parliament, as well as his meetings in other European capitals, helps define how the European Union and its Member States can support Colombia in a crucial phase in its history. (Read more)