It is only by working twice as hard to respond to the concerns of citizens that the European Parliament will win back the general public's trust. I look forward to the challenge, working for all Europeans over the next two and a half years.
Antonio TAJANI - President of the European Parliament
Last year, at the Abidjan Summit, I said that our relations were too important for us to meet only once every three years. I should therefore like to thank Chancellor Kurz and President Kagame for organising today’s event. Follow-up meetings such as this are necessary, even essential I would say. I very much hope that they will continue, therefore. As Moussa Faki often says, we Europeans and Africans have a comparative advantage. But if we fail to nurture that advantage, we will forfeit it to others.
(Read more) : Opening speech at the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe ‘Cooperation in the digital age’
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) : Sakharov Prize Award Ceremony 2018 - Strasbourg, Wednesday 11 December 2018
“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) : European Parliament President appoints new coordinator for children´s rights