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 (Brussels ).
Today we are discussing some very serious topics but also commemorating a milestone in our ability to face up to protecting vulnerable groups: the 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. The adoption of the Convention and its rapid ratification were major steps forward for bettering children's rights. It has led to countless initiatives and tangible results the world over. (Read more)

Launch of the President's Flickr webpage


Press Release - Brussels - 17-11-2014

 (Brussels ).
We're happy to announce the launch of the President's new Flickr webpage, a photo hosting website where you can now easily access numerous images related to President Schulz. The photos are uploaded shortly after each of the President's activities and are easily accessible. The website allows you to save your favourite images in different sizes. You can now easily follow, like and save the photos of President Schulz. (Read more)

European Parliament meets EXPO 2015

Speeches - Espace Yehudi Menuhin - 12-11-2014

 (Espace Yehudi Menuhin ).
Preparations for the EXPO Milan are in full swing. This exhibition is a good testimony of how advanced works are. I am glad that the European Parliament was chosen as one of the first places to present the projects of the European Union and its Member States. The EXPO is first and foremost an event intended to establish a dialogue with, and between, citizens. (Read more)
Credits : Wikimedia commons
On 9 November 25 years ago the eyes of the whole word were fixed on Berlin. And the whole world was a witness as courageous men and women tore down the Berlin Wall. A wall which symbolised the arbitrary division of Germany and Europe, guarded by soldiers, fortified by barbed wire, made concrete by this very Wall, a wall of fear, across which two superpowers eyed one another as enemies; at which two political systems collided; a wall which had brutally rent families, a country, an entire continent apart. This painful division was ended by a peaceful revolution. Not one single tank rumbled through the streets. Not one single shot was fired. Not one single drop of blood was shed. A magical moment in the history of Germany and the start of a new era in Europe. (Read more)
Martin Schulz.
zunächst möchte ich Herrn Dr. Pöttering und der Konrad Adenauer Stiftung dafür danken, dass Sie die "Europa - Rede" als feste Marke im politischen Kalender der Hauptstadt etabliert haben. Gerade an einem 9. November, diesem für uns Deutsche so ambivalenten Tag, dem Tag der Ausrufung der Republik nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg 1918, dem Tag des versuchten Hitler-Ludendorff-Putsches 1923, dem Tag der „Reichspogromnacht“ 1938, der ein Tag der Schande für unsere Nation wurde, dieser Tag, der 1989 mit dem Fall der Berliner Mauer auch ein Glückstag wurde; an diesem Tag, der die Tief-und Höhepunkte deutscher Geschichte wie wohl kaum ein anderer Tag versinnbildlicht, über aktuelle europapolitische Fragen nachzudenken, ist eine ausgezeichnete Initiative. (Read more)

Schulz on the reports on tax evasion and avoidance

Press Release - Brussels - 06-11-2014

Source : Wikimedia commons
I have taken note of the reports and I am confident that the European Commission will check the cases with regard to potential breaches of EU law and will take all appropriate actions swiftly and if necessary. What worries me most is the fact that the reported practices were manifestly legally possible in some countries. (Read more)
 (Brussels ).
Some days ago, I learned from a report published by the World Economic Forum that it will take 81 years until men and women will be truly equal. 81 years - this means only my daughters' granddaughter will be born into a world where women have the same rights and opportunities as men! And we are really talking about things that every human being should be able to take for granted: about access to health care and education, about equal opportunities and equal pay in the work place, and about political participation. (Read more)

Schulz on the visit of the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos

Press Release - Brussels - 04-11-2014

 (Brussels ).
President Santos' visit today to the European Parliament, as well as his meetings in other European capitals, helps define how the European Union and its Member States can support Colombia in a crucial phase in its history. (Read more)

Schulz on the Single Supervisory Mechanism

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 04-11-2014

Credits : Saikofish
The establishment of the Single Supervisory Mechanism, within the European Central Bank (ECB), is a crucial step towards building the Banking Union. As financial markets are cross-border, it is fundamental to unify the supervision of European banks. I welcome this major development which the European Parliament has been advocating for years. (Read more)

Schulz s'exprime sur les élections tunisiennes


Communiqué de presse - Foreign Affairs - Human Rights - Bruxelles - 28-10-2014

 (Bruxelles ).
Je souhaite féliciter tout le peuple tunisien qui s'est pleinement mobilisé pour ce nouveau rendez-vous démocratique. Je salue le travail des autorités tunisiennes qui ont permis le déroulement serein de ces premières élections législatives tunisiennes libres depuis la fin du régime de Ben Ali. (Read more)

Schulz on the Ukrainian parliamentary elections


Press Release - Brussels - 27-10-2014

Credits: OSCE Parliamentary Assembly
I congratulate Ukrainian people for their courage and democratic resolve. The journey that started with the democratic resistance in Maidan and led to the regeneration of institutions with the election of a new President and Parliament is now complete. The most serious existential crisis in Ukrainian history has mobilised Ukrainians like never before, for the first time forging a real political nation and cementing Ukraine's European identity. (Read more)