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European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, on the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 17-01-2018

Boyko Borissov and Antonio Tajani 
Today, the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Boyko Borissov presented his country's priorities for its first EU Council Presidency starting on 1 January 2018. (Read more)

Speech by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, at the European Council meeting on 14 and 15 December 2017

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 14-12-2017

I should like to congratulate the negotiator, Michel Barnier, on the excellent work he has done and express Parliament’s satisfaction at the unity we have shown. In the resolution we adopted yesterday, Parliament noted the fact that sufficient progress has been made for the negotiations to move on to the second phase. Now we need to be vigilant for the next steps. (Read more)

European Parliament President statement on Brexit negotiations


Press Release - Strasbourg - 13-12-2017

 (Strasbourg ). 
The Parliament has just adopted its resolution on Brexit, where it noted that sufficient progress has been achieved in the negotiations. This is an important step forward and will allow us to move to the second phase. (Read more)

Address by President Tajani at the award ceremony for the 2017 Sakharov Prize

Speeches - Human Rights - Strasbourg - 13-12-2017

 (Strasbourg ). 
It is an honour to welcome, on behalf of the European Parliament, the winners of the 2017 Sakharov Prize. I should like to start by saying a few words about the other nominees short-listed this year. Aura Lolita Chávez Ixaquic is an indigenous Guatemalan leader who has made it her life’s work to defend indigenous lands and marginalised communities. The European Parliament’s commitment to protecting vulnerable ethnic groups and the rights of indigenous peoples is unwavering. (Read more)

Speech - House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus - Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Nicosia - 08-12-2017

 (Nicosia ). 
I should like to thank President Syllouris and all of you for inviting me to address the House of Representatives today. Over the last decade, our Union has experienced the worst economic crisis in its history. It is a crisis which has had a seriously damaging impact on the economic and social fabric of the Union, widening social and regional disparities. Cyprus, too, has paid a very high price. (Read more)

Opening speech at the European Culture Forum, Milan - Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Milan - 07-12-2017

 (Milan ). 
I should like to thank Commissioner Tibor Navracsics for organising this Forum. It provides a rare opportunity to exchange views and compare experiences in relation to this vital sector.  As an Italian, I am delighted that Milan should have been chosen to host the event marking the official start of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. We are in a city which has great symbolic significance, where the culture and creativity of the past nurture the living culture of the present. (Read more)
 (Brussels ). 
President Vardakastanis, Honourable Members, ladies and gentlemen, Please allow me to extend a warm welcome to the European Parliament to all the persons with a disability present in this Chamber today. We are proud to be your hosts in this common house of all Europeans. I would like to thank the European Disability Forum for giving us this opportunity. Today’s event is aimed at the 80 million EU citizens who have a disability. We must ensure that the Europe of rights and opportunities is available to everyone, without distinction and without discrimination. (Read more)

Address by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, at the African Union-European Union Summit

Speeches - Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire - 29-11-2017

 (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire ). 
I would like to begin by thanking President Ouattara for hosting this African Union‑European Union Summit here in Côte d’Ivoire. This meeting has come at a very important juncture. It rounds off a year of events focusing on Africa which began with the France–Africa Summit in Bamako. This was followed by the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban, the European Development Days in Brussels and the G20 African Partnership Conference in Berlin. (Read more)

Speech by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, to the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire

Speeches - National Assembly, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire - 29-11-2017

 (National Assembly, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire ). 
Mr President, allow me first to thank you for receiving me in this prestigious institution. The Parliamentary Summit, held in this building, finished yesterday, and the Summit of Heads of State will begin this afternoon. As President of the European Parliament it is important for me to have this opportunity to address you, for your institution symbolises the fact that Côte d’Ivoire is a democratic and diverse country. Your country is an important partner of the European Union. (Read more)

Speech by President Antonio Tajani at the closing ceremony of the Parliamentary Summit

Speeches - Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire - 28-11-2017

 (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire ). 
I would like to begin by thanking the Ivoirian authorities for their welcome and for making it possible for us to meet here. I would also like to thank you, colleagues from the African and European Parliaments, for your participation and your contributions to African Week and the high-level conference organised last week in the European Parliament. (Read more)