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Sakharov Prize Award Ceremony 2018 - Strasbourg, Wednesday 11 December 2018

Speeches - Strasbourg - 11-12-2018

We are gathered today to honour Oleg Sentsov, the Laureate of this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. A Ukrainian film director and writer imprisoned for political reasons. He was nominated for his peaceful protest against the illegal occupation of his native Crimea. Also for his courage, determination and his convictions in support of human dignity, democracy, the rule of law and human rights. (Read more)
“I am fully committed to putting children´s rights at the heart of the work of the European Parliament and bringing this house, the only democratically-elected EU Institution, closer to younger citizens,” commented European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani following the appointment of Anna Maria Corazza-Bildt MEP, as the European Parliament’s new coordinator for children´s rights. (Read more)

High-level conference ‘EU Research and Innovation in our daily life’

Speeches - Brussels - 27-11-2018

It is a great pleasure to welcome to the European Parliament’s Chamber today more than 1000 members of the public, researchers, scientists, lawmakers and entrepreneurs. Together with Commissioner Moedas, I wanted to organise this conference in order to emphasise just how important investment in research and innovation is, both for our citizens and our firms. (Read more)
Speech by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, to the European Council meeting on 25 November 2018 
I am sure that this occasion is giving rise to mixed emotions in all of us. On the one hand, there is relief and satisfaction that we have reached an agreement, in spite of all the obstacles which had to be overcome. On the other, there is regret at seeing the United Kingdom leave our shared European house, after 45 years of fruitful cooperation within the Union. (Read more)

President Tajani on Brexit agreement

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Press Release - Strasbourg - 15-11-2018

President Tajani on Brexit agreement 
“Brexit is most of all about people. It is about safeguarding the rights of our citizens, preserving peace in Northern Ireland and protecting jobs affected by the UK’s departure,” stated European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, following Brexit chief negotiator, Michel Barnier’s debrief on the Brexit agreement at the Conference of Presidents today. “We believe in democracy and respect the decision of the British people. The text agreed to by the European Union and United Kingdom is the first step on a long road. Nevertheless, I am optimistic that it will pave the way towards a close future EU-UK relationship. The United Kingdom is leaving the European Union, not Europe," added President Tajani. (Read more)
President Tajani on MFF: A more political budget reflecting European citizens’ priorities is needed 
“European Union resources should match our citizens’ priorities if we want to live up to the challenges ahead. To this end, the Parliament proposes to set the next budget at 1.3 % of the Gross National Income of the 27 Member States,” stated European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani. “The additional budget shall not come from the pockets of our citizens and our report details possible avenues to increase the Union’s own resources, such as taxing web giants,” underscored President Tajani. (Read more)

President Tajani meets South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa

Press Release - Strasbourg - 14-11-2018

President Tajani meets South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa 
“Strengthening political, social and economic ties with Africa is one of our priorities,” stated European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, after his meeting with the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa. “South Africa is the second largest economy and the most industrialised country on the continent as well as the only African G20 country and BRICS member. It is an extremely important partner for us: the only country in Africa with which we have a Strategic Partnership”. (Read more)
President Tajani on the visit of Chancellor Merkel: we need to change Europe together 
European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, received the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, today in Strasbourg in the framework of his initiative to invite EU Heads of State and Government to debate the future of Europe in plenary with MEPs. (Read more)
President Tajani: President Iohannis put forward a clear vision for Romania, as a key player in building a more effective Europe 
European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, received the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, today in Strasbourg in the framework of his initiative to invite EU Heads of State and Government to debate the future of Europe in plenary with MEPs. (Read more)
President Tajani: Asylum reform stalemate is a gift to populists and Europhobes and must be overcome by majority voting 
European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, emphasised the urgent need to overcome the impasse on asylum system reform through majority voting in his address to EU28 leaders at the European Council meeting on Thursday. (Read more)
 

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