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Le Président adresse ses félicitations au quartet du dialogue national en Tunisie


Communiqué de presse - Foreign Affairs - Human Rights - Bruxelles - 09-10-2015

Credits : Wikimedia Commons
Je tiens à adresser mes félicitations les plus chaleureuses au quartet du dialogue national en Tunisie qui a reçu aujourd'hui le prix Nobel de la paix. Ce prix, amplement mérité, récompense les efforts de dialogue déployés par des forces vives de la société (syndicat, patronat, défenseurs des droits de l'homme, ordre des avocats). Elles ont défendu avec vision, détermination et intelligence les valeurs de modération, de paix et de consensus au moment où le processus politique de transition traversait une phase de doute, de polarisation et de violence. (Read more)

Opening of the solemn debate with President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 07-10-2015

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For centuries, Germany and France were arch-enemies - trapped in a vicious circle of war, defeat, humiliation and revenge. Millions more had to die, with Europe destroyed, before there was reconciliation between the two states - thanks to the courage of Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer. That was one more historic step on the road to peace in Europe. Without reconciliation between France and Germany, the European unification process would never have been able to develop as it has. But, by the same token, without European unification, Franco-German friendship of the closeness we see today would certainly have been unthinkable. Through school exchanges and town twinning schemes, millions of people have found new friends and somewhere else they can call home. (Read more)

Plenary Statement at the Solemn Session with King Felipe VI

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 07-10-2015

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It is a great pleasure and honour to welcome his Majesty, King Felipe, to the plenary of the European Parliament in Strasbourg today. Your Majesty, we have had the occasion to meet before, and I have gotten to know you as a thoughtful man, a knowledgeable man, a man well-versed in international and European affairs. Therefore, I am looking very much forward to your speech today. It is an important speech during these difficult times for Europe, when we are called upon to deal with the epochal challenge of migration. And a timely speech, as this year, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the signing of the accession treaty of Spain to the European community. (Read more)

13th ETUC Congress - Speech by Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Paris - 29-09-2015

Credits : Anne Bruel, CFDT
You will now be expecting from me the sort of speech that is indeed expected from the president of a parliament. You are now expecting me to set out what the European Parliament has been doing to combat youth unemployment - the fact that we have set up a Youth Guarantee, that we have secured more and more timely funding for it, that we have consistently opposed austerity policy axe-wielding and at long last, through the Investment Plan, are going for growth, and that we are fighting to involve the social partners in the economic policy coordination process, including, in particular, in labour market reforms. All of those things are true, certainly, but today I won't be talking about any of them. So if that's what you've come here to hear me talk about, you might as well leave now. (Read more)

Speech at the Informal Meeting of Heads of State and Government

Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 23-09-2015

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In 1951, after war-torn Europe had seen millions of people displaced - a convention was drawn up in Geneva which stated that if a person in their country had a "well-founded fear of being persecuted” they were to be granted protection as a refugee. Now, we are called upon to make good that pledge. For too long, we have turned a blind eye to the suffering of the Syrian people. For too long, we have turned our backs to the refugees embarking on a very dangerous journey to reach our shores. Compassion compels us to lend them a helping hand. But moral duty and international law do too. (Read more)
Martin Schulz.
Chancen und Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten in Europa“ heißt der Untertitel unserer heutigen Konferenz. Auch wenn ich berufsbedingt Optimist sein muss, gehört es doch zur ganzen Wahrheit, dass in diesen Tagen viele Menschen Zweifel haben, ob dieses Europa noch wirklich gute Chancen hat und ob es noch viel Gestalten will. Europa ist in einem schlechten Zustand und das ist angesichts des politischen, ökonomischen und kulturellen Epochenbruchs, den wir durch die Digitalisierung erleben, eine alarmierende Feststellung. (Read more)
Credits : Wikimedia Commons
A year ago, on 16 September 2014, the simultaneous ratification of the Association Agreement by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and the European Parliament became an unprecedented manifestation of solidarity between Ukraine and the European Union. The members of the Ukrainian and European Parliaments, by overwhelming majority, reiterated a common aspiration of Ukraine and the EU for far-reaching rapprochement through building up mutual relations on the principles of political association and economic integration. (Read more)

Schulz to propose urgent vote on the emergency relocation scheme

Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 15-09-2015

Martin Schulz.
At the opening of tomorrow's plenary session the President will propose to the House to add to the agenda, by way of an urgency procedure, the provisional measures regarding the emergency relocation scheme concerning Italy, Greece and Hungary, as agreed in principle by yesterday's Justice and Home Affairs Council. The plenary vote could then take place on Thursday 17 September at 11 am. (Read more)

Schulz deeply concerned about the situation in Turkey


Press Release - Strasbourg - 09-09-2015

Martin Schulz.
I am very concerned about the spiral of violence which is engulfing Turkey. I condemn all kind of attacks and aggressions against security forces and civilians. My sympathy and condolences go to the families of the deceased and to the Turkish authorities. There can be no sympathy for terrorists and the culprits responsible for these acts. Turkish political leaders have the responsibility to show the greatest restraint, work for social peace, avoid any spirit of confrontation and the development of blame-games. Turkey is today more than ever in need of unity, not division. This situation is undermining the social and political achievements reached over the last decade. (Read more)

Parliamentary responses to migration crises


Speeches - Human Rights - Leipzig - 05-09-2015

Martin Schulz.
The topic we will be speaking about now was not foreseen in the original program. But in the light of this week's crisis about the growing number of people moving over European territory looking for a safe harbour, President Lammert called me this Thursday to ask if I could make the opening remarks to an extra session on this topic. And I am grateful for this request, because I think it is most suitable and urgent that we discuss these matters. (Read more)

4th Annual Conference with the Heads of EU Delegations


Speeches - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 02-09-2015

Martin Schulz.
Let me warmly welcome you to this conference between Members of the European Parliament and Heads of EU Delegations. I am proud that the European Parliament is hosting this conference for the fourth time. In the past, this meeting has proved to be a useful platform for deepening the cooperation between the European Parliament and the External Action Service, but also for discussing key foreign policy issues. (Read more)