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Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

Today in Strasbourg, President Tajani met with Greta Thunberg, climate change activist and symbol of the "Fridays for Future" movement. After the meeting, President Tajani said: "Greta has rallied millions of young people in defence of the environment. I described everything that the European Parliament is doing to fight pollution and told her to never to stop fighting for the values she believes in.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

“I am very concerned by developments in Libya. I appeal to all parties to stop and avoid violence. “Military action is not the solution to the Libyan crisis. A new conflict would only cause further loss of life and enormous damage to the country and its people. We would also risk generating a new migratory crisis, with increased flows heading mainly towards Italy and other Mediterranean countries.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

"Today's vote in the European Parliament gives the definitive green light to the new copyright directive. This assembly has demonstrated its commitment to protecting and enhancing Europe's invaluable cultural and creative heritage. Our Union, the world’s largest digital market, will now benefit from modern and fair copyright protection rules.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

In his statement to EU27 leaders at the European Council, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani expressed regret with developments in the UK, stressing that the European Parliament hopes that a potential extension of Article 50 is as short as possible, and granted only if an exit treaty agreement is reached in the House of Commons next week.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome more than a thousand citizens, researchers, scientists, legislators, entrepreneurs and representatives of civil society and associations to the European Parliament's Chamber

Speech  
Brussels  
 

I am pleased to welcome authoritative representatives of an industry that is strategic for the European economy and culture. You are at the heart of a key sector as cultural and creative industries account for 9% of GDP and 12 million jobs at the EU level.

Speech  
Bruxelles  
 

I would like to begin by broaching an issue that brings us great sadness: the situation in Venezuela. As you know last week, on occasion of the massive marches against the regime, the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, proclaimed himself ad-interim President based on the Venezuelan constitution. (Read more)

Speech  
Brussels  
 

Today we honour Holocaust Remembrance Day and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust. Today we renew our commitment to keeping memory alive and to fight relentlessly every possible form of hatred, discrimination and anti-Semitism. For the first time, Holocaust Remembrance Day takes place in the European Parliament chamber, during the plenary session.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

Opening the European Parliament debate assessing the Westminster vote on the UK`s withdrawal from the EU on Tuesday evening, President Antonio Tajani stated: “Yesterday, the British Parliament voted by a large majority against the agreement that has been negotiated over the last two years with the European Union. We take note of this vote, although not without regret, and we respect it because it expresses the will of the majority of the political forces in the House of Commons

Speech  
Bucharest  
 

Let me start by wishing you all a Happy New Year. This will be a crucial year for Romania and for Europe. The Romanian Presidency will have the task of guiding the work of the Council of the Union in the months leading up to the European elections and the emergence of new leaders of our institutions at a time when public calls for a more effective Europe are becoming ever more insistent

Speech  
Vienna  
 

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.

Speech  
Strasbourg  
 

Before turning to the topics on the agenda for today’s meeting, I should like to express the European Parliament’s solidarity with the French people and with President Macron following the appalling attack perpetrated on Tuesday evening in Strasbourg and extend the condolences of all MEPs to the injured and the families of the people so brutally murdered

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

“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

Speech  
Strasbourg  
 

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.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

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Speech  
Brussels  
 

I am sure that this occasion is giving rise to mixed emotions in all of us. On the one hand, there is relief and satisfaction that we have reached an agreement, in spite of all the obstacles which had to be overcome. On the other, there is regret at seeing the United Kingdom leave our shared European house, after 45 years of fruitful cooperation within the Union.

Speech  
Strasbourg  
 

Brexit is most of all about people. It is about safeguarding the rights of our citizens, preserving peace in Northern Ireland and protecting jobs affected by the UK’s departure

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

Strengthening political, social and economic ties with Africa is one of our priorities,” stated European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, after his meeting with the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa. “South Africa is the second largest economy and the most industrialised country on the continent as well as the only African G20 country and BRICS member. It is an extremely important partner for us: the only country in Africa with which we have a Strategic Partnership”.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

The delay with which Europe grasped the risks linked to the migration crisis and the time lost before delivering concrete answers, have given our citizens the impression that Europe is unable to deliver manage this issue. That, admittedly, is a perception, but we have to face up to it. Some have taken advantage of the situation by stoking up fears and constructing an anti-European narrative that has taken hold in many EU countries. The perceived ‘migration peril’ is an issue that is continuing to dominate the political agenda in some Member States

Press release  
Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, delivered the opening address at the “European Parliament of Enterprises” today. Bringing together lawmakers and stakeholders, the conference addresses challenges facing European companies today. From how to deal with skilled labour shortages, to maximising the benefits of EU trade policy for our enterprises, as well as harnessing the future of Europe to ensure that the EU continues to be “ready for business”, strengthened by a solid single market and a stable economy.

Speech  
Bruxelles  
 

La priorità del mio mandato è avvicinare le istituzioni europee ai loro popoli. Per questo abbiamo bisogno di un’Unione più efficace e più democratica, che si articoli intorno al ruolo centrale del Parlamento europeo. Abbiamo avviato una serie di dibattiti sul futuro dell’Europa con i capi di Stato e di governo dei Paesi dell’Unione. I leader vengono a Strasburgo ad esporre la loro visione dell’Europa ai rappresentanti eletti da 500 milioni di cittadini.

Press release  
Bruges  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, delivered the opening address for the inauguration of the academic year at the College of Europe in Bruges this evening. The ceremony was presided by the President of the Administrative Council of the College of Europe, Íñigo Mendez de Vigo.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, received the Prime Minister of Estonia, Jüri Ratas, today in Strasbourg. The meeting took place in the framework of President Tajani's initiative to invite EU Heads of State and Government to debate the future of Europe in plenary

Press release  
Lisbon  
 

“Portugal has always played a key role in European history. I am happy that we can count on the support of a nation whose people have always been committed to the European project. Though firmly anchored in Europe, Portugal faces out towards the Atlantic and the rest of the world. I am counting on Portugal to play a key role in building stronger EU relationships with both Africa and Mercosur. Robust political and economic diplomacy are essential if we are to successfully manage the migration crisis,” said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, concluding his official visit to Portugal on Friday.

Press release  
Niamey  
 

"Until 2016, 90% of irregular migrants travelled through the Niger to Libya and Europe. In just 2 years, Niger reduced migration flows by 95%, from over 300,000 to about 10,000 in 2018. We need to support this model and extend it to other Sahel countries following the example with Turkey, where we committed 6 billion euros to close the so-called 'Balkan route', " declared European Parliament President Antonio Tajani, at the end of his official visit to Niamey in Niger where he headed a mission of entrepreneurs, researchers, and representatives of international organisations.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

“Niger plays a key role to drastically reduce irregular migrants’ flows to Libya and the EU. My visit to Niamey aims at strengthening our partnership with this country, discussing how the EU can promote investments and make more funds available. I will also meet representatives from the Sahel and Sahara region to discuss how we can expand the Niger migration-management model to other African transit countries,” said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, ahead of his visit to Niger from 17 to 18 July

Press release  
Brussels  
 

''Through financial support and a strong partnership, the European Union has helped Niger to reduce migratory flows to Libya and the EU by over 95%. In 2016, 330,000 people crossed Niger primarily directed to Europe via Libya. In 2017, this number went down to less than 18,000, and in 2018 to around 10,000. We must continue to support Niger in this action by offering all possible help for the economic, entrepreneurial and technological development of the country" said the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, ahead of his mission in Niger on 17 and 18 July.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

“Stability in Libya means stability in Europe. The European Union must speak with one voice and all our efforts must be aimed at supporting the reconstruction of a state so that it becomes a strong partner. The European Parliament stands by the Libyan people, who deserve peace, stability, democracy and prosperity," said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, at the beginning of his official visit to Tripoli, where he will be received by the Libyan Prime Minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, and by the President of the High Council of State, Khaled al-Mishri.

Press release  
Tripoli  
 

"The Libyan people are asking Europe to speak with one voice, with one message strengthening the coordination of all the efforts under way. In accord with Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, we will organise a working day on Libya on 10 October at the European Parliament in Brussels, together with the High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini. This meeting will bring together all the parties interested in the various sectors of cooperation and in the organization of future democratic elections in Libya. We want elections to be held in Libya, serving as the starting point for reconciliation and common efforts based on democratic consolidation, proceeding towards economic stability and support for reconstruction,"

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

"The EU must strengthen its action in Angola and, more in general, in Africa,’’ said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, following today’s meeting with the President of Angola, João Lourenço. "In the next Multilateral Financial Framework - added Tajani – EUR 40 billion should be earmarked for a comprehensive Marshall Plan for Africa that helps mobilise overall investment worth EUR 500 billion in the next ten years on the continent."

Press release  
Brussels  
 

“The immediate priority right now is to close the Mediterranean route, strengthen our external borders and reform the European asylum system. In parallel to this we must support the stabilisation of Libya, finance centres for the support of asylum seekers in transit countries and invest in Africa to provide opportunities for young Africans in their own countries” declared President Tajani in a roundup of his address to the European Council on the migration crises.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

This European Council meeting will be remembered for a long time, but we cannot yet say whether it will be remembered as a success or a failure. That will depend on us, on the responses we offer to our fellow citizens’ most pressing concerns, in particular those linked to the migration crisis which is putting our cooperation arrangements and our determination to work together to a serious test.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

I am honoured to open this conference on cultural heritage in Europe, which is being held as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, 2018. The European Parliament, and in particular its Committee on Education and Culture, has been a consistent advocate of this initiative.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will open the High-Level Conference on the European Year for Cultural Heritage tomorrow. The event - "Cultural heritage in Europe: linking past and future" - will take place at 14:00 at the European Parliament's hemicycle in Brussels, as part of the initiatives for the European Year dedicated to cultural heritage.

Press release  
Vienna  
 

“Migration is our biggest challenge. It's putting at risk the very future of the European Union’’ said European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, following a meeting with Austrian Federal Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz. “In the next six months, under the coordination of the Austrian Presidency, the EU and its Member States are called to give concrete answers to the concerns of 500 million citizens. We cannot afford to fail’’, stressed Tajani.

Press release  
Roma  
 

“To solve the problem of migration flows and stop the departures we must also fight hunger and famine in Africa. Millions of people continue to die, or live on the brink of death, and hundreds of thousands are heading to Europe in search of hope.” said the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, coming out of a meeting held today in Rome with the Director General of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), José Graziano da Silva. Migration flows, also in the context of the next European Council summit, topped the meeting’s agenda.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

It is a great pleasure to be with you once again at this important event focusing on development and international cooperation. Last year, together with my colleagues Federica Mogherini and Jean-Claude Juncker (who are here today), I had the honour of signing on behalf of the European Parliament the New European Consensus on Development.

Speech  
Budapest  
 

Culture, sport and peace have been linked since ancient times. Just think of the Olympic Games. People came from all over Ancient Greece to watch athletes compete. However, as city-states were often at war, travel was dangerous. So what did they do? They would announce a ‘truce’ before the games to allow people to get to Olympia safely. You could say sport was more important than war! For millennia, sports have been a powerful tool to champion peace and our values.

Speech  
Strasbourg  
 

Welcome to the European Parliament, the heart of European Union democracy. Today is a very special day for me and for Parliament. More than 8 000 of you have come here for this European Youth Event. I would like first of all to congratulate the organisers – and especially the European Youth Forum, FEDEC, the European Youth Press and the Charlemagne Youth Prize – for the work they have done

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

For the first time in six years a President of a Latin American country has come to address a plenary session of the European Parliament. Our invitation demonstrates Parliament’s determination to establish direct dialogue with Latin American leaders with the aim of strengthening the links between us’, declared the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani welcoming the President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos today at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

A political Europe that looks to the future needs a clear vision, geared towards providing effective answers for its citizens. The first change is a political budget, with adequate resources that reflect Europeans’ priorities on security, defence, immigration, unemployment and fighting climate change. There is no need for treaty change, just courage and political will.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

European Parliament Presdent, Antonio Tajani, received the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, today in Strasbourg. The meeting took place in the framework of President Tajani's initiative to invite EU Heads of State and Government to debate the future of Europe in plenary

Speech  
Brussels  
 

In exactly one year, more than 400 million Europeans will elect those who will represent them in this parliament, exercising a fundamental right: expressing their free choice by voting. The Cambridge Analytica affair sounded the alarm, but it is the tip of the iceberg. Our citizens need full and detailed explanations on a wide range of worrying issues.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

Today’s meeting with Mark Zuckerberg served to clarify many issues and enabled us to secure detailed commitments concerning the use of our personal data. Ours is the only Parliament Mr Zuckerberg has so far appeared before in Europe. I now hope that the other platforms will show the same readiness to cooperate

Speech  
Sofia  
 

I would like to thank Prime Minister Borisov for organising this Summit. The countries of the Western Balkans are closely linked to the EU by geography, history and economy. They are already within our borders and the Union is not complete without them. Firmly anchoring the future of the Western Balkans to that of the Union brings benefits to all.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

“The Conference of Presidents has agreed that Mark Zuckerberg should come to clarify issues related to the use of personal data in a meeting with representatives of the European Parliament. The founder and CEO of Facebook has accepted our invitation and will be in Brussels as soon as possible, hopefully already next week, to meet the leaders of the political groups and the Chair and the Rapporteur of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)”.

Speech  
Palazzo Vecchio  
 

Today, we Europeans can look back with great pride on what we have achieved in the last 70 years. It is a story of freedoms and rights which have brought benefits that were unimaginable in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War. It is a story of solid and lasting peace, of democracy rooted in the rule of law and freedom of expression, of the tearing down of walls, of the opening up of borders for persons, goods and capital.

Speech  
Yuste  
 

I am proud and humbled to accept this prestigious Charles V European Award. On this important occasion, let me address my first words to my family. It is thanks to them that I am here today, and that my name will stand alongside those of the many distinguished supporters of the European ideal to receive this award before me

Press release  
Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will take part in a conference on the State of the Union at the European University Institute in Florence on 11 May. He will deliver a keynote speech at 9:15, in the framework of an event bringing together EU political leaders and influencers from around Europe. President Tajani will also sign a partnership agreement that aims to strengthen the collaboration and cooperation between the European University Institute and the European Union.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

On Wednesday, 9 May, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will travel to Yuste in the Spanish region of Extremadura to receive from King Felipe VI of Spain the Charles V European Award which has been conferred on him by the European Academy of Yuste Foundation.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

Freedom of expression is a fundamental right, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 19 states: "everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

Today, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani welcomed the President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron in Strasbourg. The meeting took place in the framework of the initiative promoted by President Tajani, inviting EU Heads of State and Government to debate the future of Europe in plenary. President Macron’s participation follows that of the Prime Ministers of Ireland, Croatia and Portugal.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will welcome the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, in Strasbourg tomorrow. The meeting will take place in the framework of the initiative promoted by President Tajani inviting EU Heads of State and Government to debate the future of Europe in plenary.

Madrid  
 

Es para mí un gran honor recibir hoy este prestigioso premio Nueva Economía Fórum 2018. Quiero dar las gracias a la Vice-Presidenta por su presencia hoy en este acto. También a los organizadores, a los representantes de las instituciones y de la sociedad española y europea. Muchos de ellos, amigos con quienes durante años he trabajado en el Parlamento Europeo y la Comisión. Gracias por acompañarme.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

For too long, our citizens have been waiting for answers to the problem of how to manage migration. Thus far, only partial answers have been forthcoming. Let us take Italy as an example. What people have been told about Europe is this: ‘the EU countries are closing their borders, they are digging their heels in over the relocation of just a few thousand asylum seekers, and they are quite happy to leave us to deal with all the refugees.’ This narrative influenced the outcome of the election.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

“We have begun scrutiny of the newest Addendum on non-performing loans published today by the European Central Bank Banking Supervision. The European Parliament will assess whether it is in line with its legislative prerogatives. A first read of the Addendum appears to show that the Banking Supervision has taken into account the concerns expressed by the European Parliament, making the non-binding nature of the Addendum and its application on a case-by-case basis more clear.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

Following the plenary vote today on two resolutions on the upcoming long-term budget and the EU’s own resources, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani declared: “Our citizens are asking for a more efficient Europe, capable of giving concrete answers on security, migration unemployment and climate change. To do this we need to undertake important changes, starting from the next EU budget, which needs to reflect the priorities of the peoples of Europe.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

On the occasion of International Women’s day, the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani declared: “The European Parliament is at the frontline of the fight to ensure effective equality and rights for women. We cannot aim for a stronger Europe, capable of promoting its values, unless we recognise the fundamental role of women in our society.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

As the President of the European Parliament, as a European citizen and as a former journalist, I would like to express my profound indignation and firm condemnation for the assassination of the Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his partner, Martina Kusnirova, close to Bratislava.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

Today, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani signed a memorandum of understanding with the Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Zurab Pololikashvili. The aim of the MoU is to enhance cooperation and synergies between the two institutions in the promotion of tourism

Speech  
Brussels  
 

Sono lieto di inaugurare, qui, al Parlamento europeo, questo evento nel quadro dell’anno del turismo Ue-Cina, alla presenza di autorevoli rappresentati delle istituzioni cinesi ed europee, nonché importanti attori dell’industria.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

I am delighted to be with you industry leaders and industry representatives to share some views about the European Industrial Policy. As you know, I spent five years as Commissioner and Vice - President for Industry and Entrepreneurships. I have strongly worked for a European Industrial Renaissance. Industry provides 36 million direct jobs, and contributes to a high standard of living for our citizens.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

The next EU budget and the selection process for the President of the European Commission (through the so called Spitzenkandidaten method) were among the main topics discussed by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, and the Heads of State and Government of the EU27 at the informal European Council today.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

The European Parliament today approved with an overwhelming majority the revision of the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission. The revision codifies the so called Spitzenkandidaten process as deployed in 2014 with the nomination of President Juncker. This process foresees that all political groups indicate their own candidate for Commission President following a selection within the political parties. The candidate of the political group electing the biggest number of Members of the European Parliament would be the President of the European Commission.

Speech  
Belgrade  
 

I should like to start by thanking the organisers of this meeting. It is an honour and a great pleasure for me to be with you here today in Belgrade as part of my second visit to the region as President of the European Parliament, six months after my first, to Montenegro. If you will allow me, I should like to make a few brief remarks before we move on to the interactive discussion.

Speech  
Hotel Metropol Palace, Belgrade  
 

We have just witnessed the signature of two important projects that concretise the exceptional relation between the European Union and Serbia: A project worth over 268 million euros to reconstruct and modernise the Sićevo-Dimitrovgrad section of the Trans-European rail corridor. This is part of the Connectivity Agenda for transport and energy connection across the Western Balkans and with the European Union.

Press release  
Seville  
 

I am deeply moved to accept this prize from the Alberto Jiménez-Becerril Foundation against Terrorism and Violence. I should like to express my heartfelt thanks to the Foundation. I should like to thank them in particular for giving me the opportunity to pay a humble tribute to two heroes: Alberto Jiménez Becerril and Ascensión García. Day after day, they worked quietly to defend the idea of a democratic, open Spain founded on solidarity. Theirs is an example of true heroism.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani will pay an official visit to Serbia on 31 January. Highlights include meetings with President of the National Assembly, Maja Gojković; Prime Minister, Ana Brnabić; President of the Republic of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić, President of Serbia; and First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ivica Dačić.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

On Monday, 29 January 2018 in Seville the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will be presented with the “Prize Against Terrorism” created in memory of Alberto Jiménez-Becerril, the Seville municipal councillor who was brutally murdered 20 years ago by the terrorist group ETA.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

I should like to congratulate the negotiator, Michel Barnier, on the excellent work he has done and express Parliament’s satisfaction at the unity we have shown. In the resolution we adopted yesterday, Parliament noted the fact that sufficient progress has been made for the negotiations to move on to the second phase. Now we need to be vigilant for the next steps.

Speech  
Strasbourg  
 

It is an honour to welcome, on behalf of the European Parliament, the winners of the 2017 Sakharov Prize. I should like to start by saying a few words about the other nominees short-listed this year. Aura Lolita Chávez Ixaquic is an indigenous Guatemalan leader who has made it her life’s work to defend indigenous lands and marginalised communities. The European Parliament’s commitment to protecting vulnerable ethnic groups and the rights of indigenous peoples is unwavering.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

The Parliament has just adopted its resolution on Brexit, where it noted that sufficient progress has been achieved in the negotiations. This is an important step forward and will allow us to move to the second phase.

Speech  
Nicosia  
 

I should like to thank President Syllouris and all of you for inviting me to address the House of Representatives today. Over the last decade, our Union has experienced the worst economic crisis in its history. It is a crisis which has had a seriously damaging impact on the economic and social fabric of the Union, widening social and regional disparities. Cyprus, too, has paid a very high price.

Speech  
Milan  
 

I should like to thank Commissioner Tibor Navracsics for organising this Forum. It provides a rare opportunity to exchange views and compare experiences in relation to this vital sector. As an Italian, I am delighted that Milan should have been chosen to host the event marking the official start of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. We are in a city which has great symbolic significance, where the culture and creativity of the past nurture the living culture of the present.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

President Vardakastanis, Honourable Members, ladies and gentlemen, Please allow me to extend a warm welcome to the European Parliament to all the persons with a disability present in this Chamber today. We are proud to be your hosts in this common house of all Europeans. I would like to thank the European Disability Forum for giving us this opportunity. Today’s event is aimed at the 80 million EU citizens who have a disability. We must ensure that the Europe of rights and opportunities is available to everyone, without distinction and without discrimination.

Speech  
National Assembly, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire  
 

Mr President, allow me first to thank you for receiving me in this prestigious institution. The Parliamentary Summit, held in this building, finished yesterday, and the Summit of Heads of State will begin this afternoon. As President of the European Parliament it is important for me to have this opportunity to address you, for your institution symbolises the fact that Côte d’Ivoire is a democratic and diverse country. Your country is an important partner of the European Union.

Speech  
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire  
 

I would like to begin by thanking President Ouattara for hosting this African Union‑European Union Summit here in Côte d’Ivoire. This meeting has come at a very important juncture. It rounds off a year of events focusing on Africa which began with the France–Africa Summit in Bamako. This was followed by the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban, the European Development Days in Brussels and the G20 African Partnership Conference in Berlin.

Speech  
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire  
 

I would like to begin by thanking the Ivoirian authorities for their welcome and for making it possible for us to meet here. I would also like to thank you, colleagues from the African and European Parliaments, for your participation and your contributions to African Week and the high-level conference organised last week in the European Parliament.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will be in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire for the fifth African Union-European Union summit tomorrow and Wednesday, in addition, to parliamentary level meetings with representatives of the Pan-African Parliament. President Tajani will be received by the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, and will also meet the President of the National Assembly, Guillaume Soro, before addressing a speech to the plenary.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

The fact that you are with us here today confirms the central importance, in the broader context of the Eastern Partnership, of the European Neighbourhood Policy, both for the EU and for our partners. The outcome of the last summit, held two years ago in Riga, should prompt us, in a spirit of renewed faith and optimism, to consider further steps to strengthen this important partnership.

Speech  
Brussels  
 

It is a real pleasure to see this Chamber full to the rafters to discuss the major issue of our partnership with our African friends. The African Union-European Union Summit will take place in exactly one week’s time in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. I will straightaway say that that Summit must be different from the others, and must yield tangible results and a clear and precise roadmap.

Press release  
Sofia  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani concluded his visit to Sofia where Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his government presented the priorities of the incoming Bulgarian Presidency of the Council starting on 1 January 2018 to the Conference of Presidents of the European Parliament.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

European Parliament’s African week, an initiative promoted by President Tajani ahead of the EU-Africa Summit in Abidjan, has begun. Many Parliament committees and delegations will be involved in colloquia, meetings and debates with the aim of setting the terms of a new partnership with Africa.

Press release  
Strasbourg  
 

The objective of the mission is to verify the situation in the country with emphasis on the efforts of the Libyan authorities in the stabilisation process. In a meeting held this morning with the Chair of the Delegation Ines Ayala Sender, President Tajani marked the importance of assessing also the situation with regards to respect of fundamental rights in Libya.

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Tunis  
 

This is the first visit outside Europe since my election as President of the European Parliament, testimony to the importance that the European Union attaches to Tunisia. I want to underline our sterling relationship as the means to overcome our common challenges: the consolidation of democratic transition, economic development, solutions to unemployment, security and the strategic management of migration flows.

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Tunis  
 

Je suis très heureux d’être parmi vous pour cet événement important. C’est un lieu bien choisi et je tiens d’abord à remercier UTICA de nous accueillir et de la féliciter pour son rôle dans le Quartet du dialogue national qui a reçu le Prix Nobel de la Paix de 2015. C’est symbolique que ma première visite en dehors de l’Europe en tant que Président du Parlement européen se fasse sur la rive sud de la Méditerranée, et dans un pays ami avec qui nous partageons tant d’histoire, d’intérêts et des valeurs, mais aussi des défis importants.

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Tunis  
 

C’est pour moi un grand honneur et une immense joie de m’adresser à vous dans votre hémicycle de l’Assemblée des Représentants du Peuple de Tunisie, six mois à peine après que nous nous soyons retrouvés au Parlement européen, lors de la semaine tunisienne. Et je veux vous dire merci, cher Mohammed Ennaceur de m’avoir invité à m’exprimer au sein de votre assemblée, cœur vivant d’une démocratie qui a valeur d’exemple pour tous les pays en quête de liberté ;

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Brussels  
 

Tunisia is a young democracy, a friend and a key partner of the European Union. We face common challenges requiring a joint response: stability in the Mediterranean and in Africa, the fight against terrorism and radicalisation, the management of migration flows and youth unemployment. This is my first visit outside Europe as President of the European Parliament.

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Strasbourg  
 

The Conference of Presidents decided today to award the 2017 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to the Democratic Opposition in Venezuela: National Assembly (Julio Borges) and all political prisoners as listed by Foro Penal Venezolano represented by Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, Daniel Ceballos, Yon Goicoechea, Lorent Saleh, Alfredo Ramos and Andrea González.

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Strasbourg  
 

The European Parliament has approved a new electronic system that will register all non-EU citizens arriving in the Schengen area. This is part of a series of measures - as outlined in the joint declaration on the EU’s legislative priorities - that will make Europeans safer.

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Strasbourg  
 

As President, as a citizen and as a journalist, I want to express my outrage at the brutal murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. She was a courageous woman and a fine journalist. She epitomised everything that is good about that profession: she sought out the truth, the facts, and refused to let anyone stand in her way. She was not afraid to do whatever was needed to fulfil what her duty.

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Brussels  
 

This week a tragedy occurred: in Malta Daphne Caruana Galizia, a journalist closely involved in efforts to uncover truths inconvenient to people in positions of power, was murdered. The European Parliament will discuss this matter at its part-session next week. Many MEPs are calling for a detailed, in-depth investigation. I have every confidence in the Maltese authorities.

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Brussels  
 

Mali is a privileged EU partner and Africa is a priority for the European Parliament. We have to deepen our partnership and cooperation with the African continent in a range of areas, such as sustainable development, youth employment, climate change, peace, security, migration human rights. To this end, the European Parliament will organise a high-level conference on Africa on 22 November, one week before the EU-Africa Summit in Abidjan, whose objective will be to increase dialogue and investment between the two continents. The more Africa will be stable, safe and prosperous, the more it will be able to take advantage of its potential.

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Luxembourg  
 

oday we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the European Court of Auditors. These have been 40 years of commitment to the European idea, 40 years of service to our citizens and of service to our values. Our common values are founded in our commitment to democracy. Democracy requires us to be accountable towards EU citizens, who remind us every day that we must spend our money wisely and correctly. It is vital, therefore, that EU expenditure should be subjected to proper, close scrutiny, and it is the European Court of Auditors’ task to guarantee that every last euro spent to fund the Union’s activities is spent as it should be.

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Brussels  
 

I would like to welcome the Prime Minister on her first visit to the European Parliament. Your pro-European approach has my full support. I look forward to building a solid relationship with Serbia and am planning to visit your country at the end of January. I want to organise, with the chamber of commerce, a meeting between European and Serbian companies to strengthen the economic relationship between the European Union and your country.

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Roma  
 

Voglio iniziare questa lectio con una nota citazione di Luigi Einaudi: “Milioni di individui lavorano, producono e risparmiano nonostante tutto quello che noi possiamo inventare per molestarli, incepparli, scoraggiarli. E’ la vocazione naturale che li spinge; non soltanto la sete di guadagno. Il gusto, l’orgoglio di vedere la propria azienda prosperare, acquistare credito, (...) sono una molla di progresso altrettanto potente che il guadagno”.

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Strasbourg  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, concluded the debate on the Constitution, rule of law and fundamental rights in Spain in the light of the events in Catalonia, stating: “I would like to thank the European Commission, the guardian of the Treaties, for the clear position it expressed in this chamber.”

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Brussels  
 

Thank you for coming here today, to our citizens’ Parliament, to mark International Tourism Day. Your presence here, along with leading representatives of international, European and local institutions, of industry and of the world of training, bears witness to the importance of tourism and to the fact that developments in the tourism industry have repercussions in many others. From the start of my term of office, I have tried to bridge the gulf between institutions and citizens. For that reason, I attach particular importance to events such as this one, which offer an opportunity to debate, to listen to others and to develop ideas on issues which are directly relevant to the peoples of Europe.

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Parma  
 

Thank you for coming here today, to our citizens’ Parliament, to mark International Tourism Day. Your presence here, along with leading representatives of international, European and local institutions, of industry and of the world of training, bears witness to the importance of tourism and to the fact that developments in the tourism industry have repercussions in many others. From the start of my term of office, I have tried to bridge the gulf between institutions and citizens. For that reason, I attach particular importance to events such as this one, which offer an opportunity to debate, to listen to others and to develop ideas on issues which are directly relevant to the peoples of Europe.

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Paris  
 

“Reviving the European project by reconnecting our citizens with Europe is our shared political responsibility. We have similar views with President Macron: Europe must be more democratic and the European Parliament - the beating heart of European democracy - gives the Union democratic legitimacy,” said President Tajani at the conclusion of his official visit to France on Thursday and Friday. President Tajani held meetings with the French President, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe and President of the French National Assembly, François de Rugy.

Press release  
Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will pay an official visit to France from 21 to 22 September 2017. Ahead of the trip, the President declared: France is a great country that, along with other EU member states, can push for the change needed to make Europe more effective, democratic, and truly able to respond to our citizens’ most pressing concerns. As the only EU institution directly elected by the people, the European Parliament must play a key role in shaping this process. The future of Europe will therefore be at the centre of my meetings in Paris.

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Brussels  
 

Tourism is the answer to youth unemployment in many European regions. It’s a key vector for growth and employment, accounting for 10% of our GDP and promising 5 million new jobs over the next decade. We can do much more if we work together. If we want Europe to remain the world’s top destination, we need to support the competitiveness of the industry through bolder coordinated action at European level,” declared President Tajani ahead of the high-level event: ‘A European strategy to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism industry, a key driver for job creation’ to be held in the Plenary Chamber of the European Parliament in Brussels on 27 September, World Tourism Day.

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Strasbourg  
 

When I was elected, in January, I felt it appropriate to wait a little before sharing my vision with you. That gave me the opportunity to gain a fuller appreciation of the responsibilities incumbent upon me as President, but also of the responsibilities that rest with us as an institution and as Members. We have a year and a half left before the elections and we are facing major challenges: terrorism, illegal immigration, employment, climate change and Brexit

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Rome  
 

In the margins of the G7 Speaker’s Conference in Rome today, European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, met with the President of the French National Assembly, François de Rugy. The meeting focused on improving collaboration between the European Parliament and assemblies in member states, the fight against terrorism, reform of the Dublin regulation, an investment plan for Africa and common defence policy

Press release  
Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, along with parliamentary speakers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, will attend the fifteenth G7 Speakers’ Meeting being held in Rome this week. The conference will focus on international cooperation in preventing and fighting terrorism, the role of parliaments in combatting inequalities and in building inclusive societies, and on the energy transition for sustainable development.

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Brussels  
 

We want a stronger voice for Europe in the world, through economic diplomacy and the promotion of our values. Citizens expect a lot from us. They want the EU to protect them from global instability. The European Union has to fill in the leadership void on the international stage," stressed President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani in his opening address at the EU ambassadors Conference 2017.

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Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, expressed his concern and desire to see real progress being made in the Brexit negotiations between the European Union and United Kingdom, after a meeting with European Commission Brexit Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier.

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Brussels  
 

“The unjustified and arbitrary arrests early this morning of Antonio Ledezma and Leopoldo Lopez, two opposition leaders, is another step towards dictatorship in Venezuela,” declared Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament. “The constant violation of human rights, the brutal repression exerted by the Government cannot continue,” said Tajani.

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Brussels  
 

Following his phone call with the leader of the opposition, Leopoldo López, on the election of the constituent national assembly in Venezuela, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani stated: "It is a sad day for democracy in Venezuela, in Latin America and in the world as international treaties and the country’s own constitution are violated, most importantly, against the will of the people. This is no solution to the serious problems of political confrontation and humanitarian crisis that devastate the country," said Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, referring to the fraudulent and illegitimate election of the constituent assembly

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Brussels  
 

This Sunday's vote on a Constituent Assembly is a new blow to democracy from the Maduro regime. Just ten days ago, more than 7 million Venezuelans clearly opposed it. We express our solidarity with the National Assembly, the Venezuelan legislative body directly elected by the people

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Podgorica  
 

I wanted my first visit to a non-EU Member State to be in Montenegro to send a strong signal to our partners in the Western Balkans: Europe is present and committed to the EU perspective of the whole of the region. This is the message I imperatively want to convey to the people of Montenegro and their political leaders", said Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament at the end of his two days visit to Montenegro.

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Strasbourg  
 

Welcome to the official opening ceremony for the European Parliament building which will bear the name Václav Havel: a man who worked to bring about reconciliation and peace in Europe; a man who, in following his vision of freedom, suffered persecution and imprisonment.

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Strasbourg  
 

On behalf of the European Parliament and the peoples of Europe represented here, I pay homage today to Simone Veil, the first President of this directly elected Parliament: a Frenchwoman, a European, a minister, a member of the Académie Française, an inmate of Auschwitz, a leading figure of our time, a politician, a woman.

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Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, was honoured at a special ceremony dedicated to his work championing interfaith dialogue at the Great Synagogue of Europe on Wednesday evening. In recognition of his efforts to, “build bridges between religions and between the EU and various confessions”, a grove made up of eighteen trees will be planted in Israel, a number symbolising life and luck in Jewish tradition. It is also a gesture that augurs a prosperous future to European integration on the Jewish community’s behalf

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Roma  
 

Sono lieto di aprire questo Women’s forum sul ruolo delle donne per rilanciare un’Europa di pace e prosperità a sessant’anni dalla firma dei Trattati di Roma. Come si è visto nel filmato prodotto dal Parlamento europeo, questa è anche l’occasione per sottolineare il ruolo fondamentale delle donne per un’Europa forte, capace di promuovere i suoi valori. Un ruolo che spesso viene sottovalutato o non riconosciuto. Un enorme potenziale di cui, oggi più che mai, abbiamo grande bisogno.

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Rome  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, will open the Women’s Forum on the role of women in revitalising a Europe of peace and prosperity on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome. The event will take place at the Villa Medici from Monday, 26 June to Tuesday, 27 June and will be an opportunity to discuss the key role of women in relaunching the European Union

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Bruxelles  
 

Managing migration is one of our citizens’ main concerns. This is clear in the results of the European Parliament’s most recent Eurobarometer survey. This should come as no surprise. For more than a decade now, against the backdrop of the worsening situation in Syria and the instability besetting Libya, news reports have been painting a disastrous picture. We are all too familiar with the images of capsizing boats in the Mediterranean, corpses in the desert, lifeless children on beaches.

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Brussels  
 

Managing migration is one of our citizens’ main concerns. This is clear in the results of the European Parliament’s most recent Eurobarometer survey. This should come as no surprise. For more than a decade now, against the backdrop of the worsening situation in Syria and the instability besetting Libya, news reports have been painting a disastrous picture. We are all too familiar with the images of capsizing boats in the Mediterranean, corpses in the desert, lifeless children on beaches.

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Strasbourg  
 

I am proud that today’s date, 15 June 2017, will stand for the end of roaming charges in the European Union for our citizens. This is a historic achievement that heralds a new era for students, business travellers and tourists alike. Finally, Europeans from all walks of life will be able to travel throughout the EU without incurring the often huge additional expense incurred for making calls or using the internet abroad.

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Strasbourg  
 

«Grace à la diversification et à une base industrielle, la Côte-d’Ivoire se classe parmi les économies les plus dynamiques du monde. Avec une croissance estimée à 8% cette année, elle se place en tête du continent africain. La Côte-d’Ivoire doit servir d’exemple à d’autres pays du continent, en particulier en Afrique de l’Ouest» a déclaré le Président du Parlement européen à l’issue de sa rencontre avec le Président de la Côte-d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara.

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Strasbourg  
 

Today we are celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the Erasmus programme. It is a great success story which has helped to bring Europe, and all the freedoms and opportunities it represents, closer to nine million young people. It is no coincidence that the programme should have taken its name from Erasmus of Rotterdam, a great humanist of the Renaissance. He was one of the fathers of free thought and free universities, which are at the heart of our identity as Europeans.

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Bruxelles  
 

Nous célébrons aujourd’hui la première édition de ce prix, qui est basé sur la collaboration entre nos pays et consacré à l’entreprenariat européen. Cette initiative, mise en place par la Fondation Finnova, bénéficie du soutien du Parlement européen, de la Commission Européenne, du Comité des Régions et du Comité Économique et Social Européen.

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Brussels  
 

Signature of the European Consensus on Development I am very happy to be here today with you to sign the new European Consensus on Development. Eleven years after the last signature we find ourselves with an updated and holistic document that reflects our collective vision to tackle today’s challenges. For the first time a shared framework applies to all EU Institutions and Member States, providing a common approach

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Brussels  
 

With the signature of the new European Consensus on Development, we, the leaders representing the European Union institutions and the Member States, come together to mark a milestone achievement. Proud to lead global efforts as the world's largest development actor, we are united in our determination to set ourselves a clear vision and plan of action to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimensions by 2030.

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Brussels  
 

I am delighted to be here with you today to talk about the shared challenges facing us and the cooperation between our two institutions. I regard the dialogue between us as fundamental to the task of bringing Europe closer to its peoples and citizens once again, the main objective I have set for my term of office as President of the European Parliament.

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Brussels  
 

I am very concerned by the US administration’s possible withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The fight against global warming is a major challenge which concerns all nations. It is our moral duty to leave a safer, healthier planet to future generations

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Tallinn  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, was in Tallinn for a meeting of the leaders of the European Parliament’s parliamentary groups with Prime Minister Jüri Ratas and his government to discuss the priorities of the incoming European Council Estonian Presidency starting on 1 July

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Brussels  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, met with the President of the United States, Donald Trump, today. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, European Council President, Donald Tusk and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, also attended the meeting

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Florence  
 

It is my great pleasure to be with you again at a meeting of the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly. Since the last meeting, in Montevideo, I have been elected President of the European Parliament. I can assure you that this does not mean my involvement with Latin America and the Caribbean will end. Quite the opposite.

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Brussels  
 

The Members of the European Parliament and the Latin-American parliaments are meeting from 22 May to 24 May in Florence to discuss EU-Latin American bilateral relations and make preparations for the forthcoming EU-CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) summit.

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Zagreb  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, was in Croatia for an official visit on Friday. He met with the President of the Republic, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the Speaker of the Parliament, Gordan Jandroković and the Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković.

Strasbourg  
 

Member States should stop dragging their feet on the relocation of asylum seekers. They must honour commitments made in the Council and endorsed by this Parliament. Solidarity needs action, not just words. We call on the European Commission to ensure that the rule of law is respected

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Strasbourg  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will pay an official visit to Croatia tomorrow 19 May. He will meet with the President, Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament and give a speech on the future of Europe at the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

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Strasbourg  
 

We must develop our partnership and cooperation with the African Union in a range of areas, such as sustainable development, youth employment, climate change, peace, security, human rights and crisis management”, the President of the European Parliament stated following his meeting with the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat.

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Rome  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, opened the fourth summit of the Presidents of Parliaments of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean asserting that stability in Europe is underpinned by stability in the Mediterranean. Political, economic and parliamentary dialogue must be reinforced between our partners in the region.

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Brussels  
 

Citizens all over Europe ask for solutions, on security, on immigration on employment and look to Europe for such solutions. This is evident in the last eurobarometer. At the same time, citizens are asking us to change. They see Europe as stuck in its bureaucracy and slow to react

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Yuste (Spain  
 

I wish to thank Your Majesty, the government of Extremadura and the European Academy of Yuste Foundation for kindly inviting me to participate in the award of this prestigious prize. The Charles V European Award is awarded for exceptional achievements in the service of the idea of Europe.

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Florence  
 

I am very pleased to share my reflections on the state of the European Union at the European University Institute. This institute has been contributing for over 40 years to the European intellectual debate, promoting integration, scientific and cultural dialogue between professors and researchers from Member States and from many other countries.

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Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, delivered the opening speech at the Opening of the House of European History this afternoon in Brussels in the presence of former European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering and the Chairman of the Academic Committee Prof. Włodzimierz Borodziej and other distinguished guests.

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Brussels  
 

Genuine democracy cannot exist without media freedom. As a former journalist, I know that being able to work independently is essential. Without this freedom there cannot be political scrutiny, transparency, fight again corruption, good governance, freedom of decision

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Brussels  
 

“Mr President, Heads of State and Government, Mr President of the Commission, Today, the European Council has the task of agreeing on negotiation guidelines on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union that will begin shortly.

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Brussels  
 

I had a very constructive meeting with the Grand Mufti of Egypt. I want to express my full support to Egypt and assure that the European Parliament is by its side in the aftermath of the attacks that shook the country earlier this month. Egypt is a key regional player in the shared fight against terrorism. The Grand Mufti’s role is essential and I salute his unwavering condemnation of terror, his efforts to foster dialogue and his calls to respect cultural and religious diversity.

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Brussels  
 

he European Parliament strongly condemns the brutal repression exercised by the Venezuelan security forces and irregular armed groups against the peaceful demonstrations in Venezuela. Around thirty people died while many more were wounded and arrested protesting against the government of President Nicolás Maduro.

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Bratislava  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, was in Bratislava to participate in the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments. The meeting focused on the future of Europe and setting up a Europol Joint Parliamentary Scrutiny Group.

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Brussels  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will be in Slovakia from 23 to 24 April to participate in the Conference of Speakers of the EU Parliaments and meet with, among others, the President of the Slovak Republic, Andrej Kiska.

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London  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, met UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, to discuss the European Parliament’s position on Brexit today; a resolution defining its negotiation guidelines passed with an overwhelming majority earlier this month.

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Brussels  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, will meet with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, next Thursday, 20 April 2017, in London. Mr Tajani will discuss the European Parliament’s position on Brexit; a resolution defining its guidelines for the negotiation passed with an overwhelming majority last week

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Brussels  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, met today to discuss the importance of her portfolio in promoting jobs and growth.

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Brussels  
 

Security and migration were at the at heart of today´s meeting between European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos. The discussion focused on the concrete solutions that the Parliament and the Commission are working on to provide answers on these main areas of concern for citizens

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Strasbourg  
 

The EU budget needs to follow our political priorities based on citizens’ concerns. This vote shows we can adapt our long-term budget to new realities. We set funds aside to strengthen security, control immigration flows and create more and better jobs. The European Parliament has shown its responsibility by accelerating this revision and voting expediently to allow budgetary allocations to reach priority areas immediately

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Strasbourg  
 

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, spoke to journalists on the dramatic events in Syria and on this morning’s plenary debate and vote on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. A resolution passed overwhelmingly with more than 500 votes in favour, clearly providing the Parliament's guidelines ahead of the upcoming negotiations.

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Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, has denounced the recent rulings of the Supreme Court of Venezuela, which go against democracy and violate the principle of separation of powers.

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Brussels  
 

Following an open debate that will take place next week in Strasbourg, the European Parliament will adopt a resolution that will define its guidelines for the negotiation. The Parliament’s first priority is to defend the interests of its citizens.

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Brussels  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, met with Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan to discuss the consequences of Brexit on the city of London. President Tajani used the opportunity to outline some of his views on the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

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Brussels  
 

Achieving peace in Middle East is of crucial importance for the region and for the whole world. This was the main message to come out of today´s meeting between European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, and Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas.

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Rome  
 

The citizens are the true protagonists of the story of European democracy. Our actions derive their force and legitimacy from their involvement. This is why I am so deeply concerned at the growing feelings of disaffection which many Europeans are voicing. If we want to lend our Union fresh impetus, the very first thing we must do is bring our institutions closer to our citizens.

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Brussels  
 

I am happy to welcome you today to the European Parliament, President Rebelo de Sousa. I am a true friend of Portugal. In the words of our poet, Fernando Pessoa, as he was both Portuguese and European, I also consider that Portugal is the face of Europe, looking out to the world. Portugal, um pais europeu e pró-europeu como lembrou o Presidente da Republica, em Estrasburgo

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Bruxelles  
 

Oggi festeggiamo insieme l’anniversario dei migliori 60 anni della storia dell’Europa libera. Questo momento deve ricordarci che, non solo oggi, ma ogni giorno, sono i cittadini i protagonisti della grande avventura della democrazia europea. Senza i suoi popoli l’Europa semplicemente non esiste. L’energia, la forza, la legittimazione per agire, viene dalla nostra partecipazione

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Brussels  
 

As part of his commitment of bringing the institution closer to its citizens, European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, took the initiative of inviting 751 Europeans, equalling the number of MEPs, from across the continent to participate in a “Citizens’ Parliament” today and mark the sixtieth anniversary of the Rome Treaty on 25 March.

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Brussels  
 

I am proud to be the President of an institution that champions the voice of the people of Europe, defending human rights all over the world.People look to us when a journalist is jailed, when women, political opponents or minorities are the victims of violence or discrimination. The European Union is the only region without the death penalty.

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Rome  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, addressed today the Extraordinary Conference of the Speakers of EU National parliaments on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. “The European Union is facing one of the most difficult moments in its sixty year history. Many of our citizens feel that Europe has lost its way, a feeling reinforced by the general climate of uncertainty both inside and outside the EU,” said President Antonio Tajani opening the Conference.

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Brussels  
 

I was elected on the basis of a clear pledge: to act as the spokesman for the European Parliament, not its Prime Minister. At European Council meetings, I will set out Parliament’s positions, and in so doing give voice to the views of the minority as well. My programme is the European Parliament’s programme. We need to work effectively to adopt good laws in the interests of all citizens.

Bruxelles  
 

Thank you, first of all, for the invitation to open this extraordinary meeting of the FEMM Committee. I am delighted to see so many people here today, at this meeting to mark International Women’s Day. Today is a day of celebration, but it is not just an occasion for fine speeches. Because women are still subjected to violence, discrimination, mutilation and forced marriage...

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Brussels  
 

International Women’s Day must not be treated as an occasion for fine speeches. Instead, it must be regarded as an opportunity to reiterate once again the practical steps we can take every day of the year. Far too many women around the world are still being subjected to violence, discrimination and mutilation and denied proper access to education, the economy and positions of leadership.

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Ljubljana  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, was in Slovenia for an official visit in which he opened the new Europe House in Ljubljana with European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker.

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Brussels  
 

Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, will be in Slovenia this Friday for an official visit.

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Berlin  
 

European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, was in Berlin on 23 and 24 February. On Friday, the European Parliament President met Chancellor Angela Merkel. They discussed pressing issues such as the future of Europe, security, migration and trade policy.

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Brussels  
 

Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, will be in Berlin this Thursday and Friday for a series of high-level meetings