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 (Brussels ).
Investing in Europe is, of course, about money and figures. It is about closing the investment gap and catching up with our competitors. But investing in Europe is about much more than money and figures: it is about demonstrating our commitment to our union, it is about self-confidence and optimism. Investing in Europe, be it as a private or a public stake-holder, is about showing trust in Europe and building bridges to a joint future. (Read more)
"Flag of the Romani people" by AdiJapan - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
Today around six million Romani people live in the European Union. Romani people are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe - and one of the most marginalized and discriminated. Many Roma still live on the margins of society. According to the Fundamental Rights Agency one in three Roma is unemployed, one in five has no health insurance, and nine out of ten live below the poverty line. Not even every second Roma child completes primary education. (Read more)

Schulz on the plane crash in Southern France

Press Release - Brussels - 24-03-2015

Martin Schulz.
In the name of the European Parliament I wish to convey my sincere condolences to all the families and friends of the victims on the Germanwings 4U9525 flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf which crashed this morning near Digne-les-Bains in Southern France. We grieve this terrible loss which has struck individual people and families as well as nations. Tomorrow, at the opening of its plenary session, the European Parliament will remember the victims with a minute of silence. (Read more)

Speech to the European Council By Martin Schulz President of the European Parliament 19th of March 2015

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 19-03-2015

Martin Schulz.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Energy Union is a historic project, on a par only with the Coal and Steel Community and the Internal Market and it merits our commitment. We have lost more than enough time. So, let's step up our actions. Therefore, President Hollande, Prime Minister Rajoy, Prime Minister Passos Coelho, I would like to congratulate you on a recent ground-breaking action: the inauguration of a power line between French Baixàs and Spanish Santa Llogaia. This power line helps connect the power system of the Iberian Peninsula to other European energy markets. (Read more)
 (Beijing ).
It is a great pleasure for me to be here addressing the prestigious Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Today is the fourth and last day of my visit in China. I had the great honour of meeting President Xi Jinping, Chairman Zhang Dejian, State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Vice-Chairman Wang Jiarui. On my visits to the Temple of Heaven and Tianjin I got a glimpse both of the serene beauty of old China and the dynamism of modern China. (Read more)

President Schulz on official visit to China

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Press Release - Foreign Affairs - China - 15-03-2015

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The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz is in China where he will begin a three day official visit on Monday. President Schulz will have meetings with the highest Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping and Chairman of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang. Trade, economy, climate change, security issues, global challenges, human rights and parliamentary relations will feature prominently during the meetings. (Read more)

Schulz sanctions MEP Buonanno for his plenary language

Press Release - Strasbourg - 12-03-2015

 (Strasbourg ).
The President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz met MEP Gianluca Buonanno on Wednesday, 11 February 2015, after being informed by the relevant services about his intervention in the debate on the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo which took place on Tuesday 10 February 2015, during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. (Read more)

Speech on the occasion of the visit of King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein of Jordan

Speeches - Strasbourg - 10-03-2015

 (Strasbourg ).
Your Majesty, on behalf of all the Members of the European Parliament, I would like to welcome you to Strasbourg. We are honoured to be playing host to you on this your fourth visit to Parliament; it is a testament to the relationship, built on respect, trust and friendship, you have built up with this institution and with the people of Europe. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to the members of your delegation, particularly the President of the Senate, the President of the Assembly of Deputies and the nine young Jordanian students who are accompanying you. (Read more)

Conference "Building a common approach to a new start for social dialogue" Introductory Remarks by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Brussels - 05-03-2015

 (Brussels ).
As you might know, the European Parliament has for many years called for the close involvement of social partners in economic governance and in any structural reforms. If the crisis has taught us one thing, it is that we can no longer conceive of the European economy as consisting of black boxes, of separate national economies - our economies are closely intertwined. What happens in one country affects other countries. As the challenge is European, our solution must be European. So clearly, we have to better coordinate our economic policies. (Read more)

Opening speech at 25th anniversary of Independence of Lithuania celebration

Speeches - Brussels - 04-03-2015

Martin Schulz.
25 years ago, wherever one looked in Europe, the spark of freedom had been lit: In the Gdansk shipyards, where Solidarność was shutting down mines and shipyards and as a genuine workers’ movement, showed up the self-styled workers’ state for what it really was and ultimately brought down the regime. The spark of freedom had been lit in Prague where the Velvet Revolution unfolded against the background of demonstrations on Wenceslas Square. (Read more)

Schulz on denial of entrance onto Russian territory of MEP Kalniete

Press Release - 03-03-2015

Martin Schulz.
The repeated and arbitrary denial of entrance onto Russian territory of elected parliamentarians, as testified by the latest case of MEP Sandra Kalniete, is a high affront to the EU-Russia relations and the work of democratic institutions. The travel restrictions by Russia on selected European individuals are being applied without the slightest element of reasoning or any forewarning of their application or who they apply to. This contrasts very starkly with the way that the EU travel restrictions on Russian citizens have been applied. (Read more)