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With the death of Mário Soares, Portugal and the European Union have lost a towering statesman: a visionary, a pragmatist, a reformist, a fighter and a democrat. Mário Soares brought Portugal back at the heart of the European family giving Portuguese citizens greater prosperity, social protections and liberties. (Read more)

Statement by the President on his end of term

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Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Strasbourg - 14-12-2016

This is my last full plenary session I am chairing as President of the European Parliament and it is a moving moment for me. Five years ago, after being elected as President, I said that it was my goal to make the European Parliament more visible, more audible and more influential. Five years later, I can say that together we have achieved this: today the Parliament is more visible, more audible and more influential than ever. (Read more)
Cette première visite d'un Président tunisien aux institutions de l’Union européenne intervient à l'heure où nous célébrons le 40ème anniversaire du premier accord de coopération. Nos rencontres manifestent au plus haut niveau notre volonté de franchir un nouveau palier dans le cadre d'une relation stratégique et,  reflètent à la fois la profondeur des liens qui nous unissent et l’exception démocratique tunisienne dans le voisinage. (Read more)

Official visit by President Béji Caïd Essebsi

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Press Release - Foreign Affairs - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 01-12-2016

It is our great honour to welcome to the European Parliament today the President of the Republic of Tunisia, Mr Béji Caïd Essebsi. Let me say how much it means to me, Mr President, to be standing next to you again, one year after our last meeting in Tunis. I should also like to thank you once again for the warm welcome you gave me in your beautiful country. (Read more)

Schulz on the result of the US presidential elections

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Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 09-11-2016

Martin Schulz.
The US electorate has spoken. The victory of Donald Trump is unequivocal and must be respected. I congratulate him and the Republican Party on their victory. Mr Trump has managed to become the standard-bearer of the angst and fears of millions of Americans. Those concerns must now be addressed with credible policies and proposals. This campaign will not be remembered as America’s finest. Vitriol and polarisation have fuelled this electoral contest. President Trump will have the daunting task of bringing together a divided nation. (Read more)
Today’s detentions send a chilling signal about the state of political pluralism in Turkey. Selahattin Demirtaş, Figen Yüksekdag and HDP Members of Parliament are legitimate and democratic representatives of Turkish society. The HDP is the third biggest group in the Grand National Assembly of Turkey. I have met Selahattin Demirtaş many times. He is a leader committed to the peace process, to non-violence, to political dialogue and to the rule of law. In our last meeting at the end of September, he already feared he would be next in the line to be detained. (Read more)

Martin Schulz on the EU-Canada Summit

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Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 30-10-2016

The presence of Prime Minister Trudeau in Brussels today for the signature of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement and the Strategic Partnership Agreement represents much more than a positive step in our bilateral relations, it signals that the EU and Canada are committed to working together to shape international relations and international trade on the basis of openness and shared values. (Read more)
Drawings by Ali Ferzat, 2011 Sakharov Prize laureate
By awarding the Sakharov Prize to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, the European Parliament asserts its support for freedom of thought as one of the fundamental human rights, a right which must be respected everywhere, with no exception. Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar share a painful and tragic story: both of them have had to witness the atrocities committed by the so-called Islamic State, both of them have seen their closest family killed, and both of them have been denigrated to sex slaves and exploited. (Read more)

Schulz on his meetings with Chrystia Freeland and Paul Magnette

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Press Release - Internal Policies and EU Institutions - Brussels - 22-10-2016

Martin Schulz © European Union 2014 - European Parliament. (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license) (13/01/2015).
I had two separate very constructive and fruitful meetings this morning in the European Parliament with Chrystia Freeland, the federal Minister of International Trade of Canada and with Paul Magnette, the Minister-President of Wallonia on the issue of CETA (Read more)
Martin Schulz.
I would first of all like to wish a speedy recovery to Steven Woolfe, MEP, who is currently hospitalised. I also heartily thank the Parliament’s staff and medical service which provided the first aid as well as the French medical services which have subsequently been caring for him. (Read more)
Martin Schulz © European Union 2014 - European Parliament. (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs Creative Commons license) (15/04/2014).
I am delighted that Mr Guterres, a European candidate with vast experience, won such an overwhelming confidence from the members of the Security Council. This constitutes a very strong base upon which the new UN Secretary General can begin working from. (Read more)