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 (Brussels ). 
I want to condemn, in the most resounding terms, the terrorist attack perpetrated in Barcelona earlier today. My thoughts are with the victims of this terrible atrocity and their families, as well as the citizens of Barcelona. Tonight, Barcelona is close to the heart of all Europeans. (Read more)

Antonio Tajani on the arrests of opposition leaders in Venezuela

Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Brussels - 01-08-2017

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“The unjustified and arbitrary arrests early this morning of Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez, two opposition leaders, is another step towards dictatorship in Venezuela,” declared Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament. “The constant violation of human rights, the brutal repression exerted by the Government cannot continue,” said Tajani. (Read more)

European Parliament President on the situation in Venezuela

Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Brussels - 31-07-2017

 (Brussels ). 
Following his phone call with the leader of the opposition, Leopoldo López, on the election of the constituent national assembly in Venezuela, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani stated: "It is a sad day for democracy in Venezuela, in Latin America and in the world as international treaties and the country’s own constitution are violated, most importantly, against the will of the people. This is no solution to the serious problems of political confrontation and humanitarian crisis that devastate the country," said Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, referring to the fraudulent and illegitimate election of the constituent assembly. (Read more)

European Parliament President on the situation in Venezuela

Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Brussels - 28-07-2017

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This Sunday's vote on a Constituent Assembly is a new blow to democracy from the Maduro regime. Just ten days ago, more than 7 million Venezuelans clearly opposed it. We express our solidarity with the National Assembly, the Venezuelan legislative body directly elected by the people. (Read more)

European Parliament President meets the President of the Republic of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno

Press Release - Rome - 25-07-2017

 (Rome ). 
The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani met today the President of the Republic of Chad, Idriss Deby Itno. The meeting focused on the fragility of Sahel´s region security. (Read more)

European Parliament President concluding the official visit to Montenegro (18-19 July 2017)

Press Release - Podgorica - 19-07-2017

 (Podgorica ). 
I wanted my first visit to a non-EU Member State to be in Montenegro to send a strong signal to our partners in the Western Balkans: Europe is present and committed to the EU perspective of the whole of the region. This is the message I imperatively want to convey to the people of Montenegro and their political leaders", said Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament at the end of his two days visit to Montenegro. (Read more)

European Parliament President Official Visit to Montenegro (18-19 July 2017)

Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Brussels - 17-07-2017

 (Brussels ). 
European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will pay an official visit to Montenegro from 18 to 19 July 2017. (Read more)
 (Strasbourg ). 
European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, welcomed the breakthrough in EU-Japan trade negotiations following a meeting with Economic Revitalization Minister, Nobuteru Ishihara and members of the Japanese National Diet. (Read more)

Official opening of the Havel Building

Speeches - Strasbourg - 05-07-2017

 (Brussels ). 
Welcome to the official opening ceremony for the European Parliament building which will bear the name Václav Havel: a man who worked to bring about reconciliation and peace in Europe; a man who, in following his vision of freedom, suffered persecution and imprisonment. (Read more)

Speech by the President of Parliament Antonio Tajani delivered at the formal European Parliament ceremony in honour of Simone Veil

Speeches - Strasbourg - 04-07-2017

 (Strasbourg ). 
On behalf of the European Parliament and the peoples of Europe represented here, I pay homage today to Simone Veil, the first President of this directly elected Parliament: a Frenchwoman, a European, a minister, a member of the Académie Française, an inmate of Auschwitz, a leading figure of our time, a politician, a woman. (Read more)