Parliament to Honour Memory of President David Sassoli.

David Sassoli

European Parliament President David Sassoli passed away in Aviano (Italy) on 11 January.  A Member of the European Parliament since 2009, he was elected President in July 2019 for the first half of the legislature. President Sassoli adopted extraordinary measures enabling the European Parliament to carry out its duties and exercise its prerogatives under the…

“We cannot afford to fail” – Sassoli

David Sassoli

David Sassoli the EU Parliament President, speaking to coincide with the COP26 summit in Glasgow, said: “We cannot afford to fail.” He said, “The UN Emissions Gap report makes clear that the current national plans to tackle climate change are nowhere near enough. If we are serious about preventing a rise of more than 1.5…

World Cannot Afford to Fail


European Parliament President David Sassoli, speaking ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, says the world “cannot afford” to fail at this week’s big summit “In just a few hours COP26 will begin in Glasgow. We cannot afford for it to fail. The UN Emissions Gap report makes clear that the current national plans to…

Alexei Navalny Awarded Sakharov Prize

Alexei Navalny

MEPs have awarded Russian opposition politician and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny the European Parliament’s 2021 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Parliament Vice-President Heidi Hautala announced the 2021 laureate in the Strasbourg plenary chamber on Wednesday afternoon, following an earlier decision by the Conference of Presidents (President and political group leaders). Parliament President David Sassoli said: “The European Parliament…

Time for the EU to Embrace the Balkans

EU enlargement to Western Balkans

European Parliament president David Sassoli has written to Council President Charles Michel calling for “strong impetus” from the EU side just ahead of the EU – Western Balkans summit in Slovenia In a letter to Michel on the EU-Western Balkans summit that takes place in Slovenia on Wednesday, European Parliament President David Sassoli urges leaders…

David Sassoli: President of the European Parliament

David Sassoli

In a statement issued by his spokesman, President Sassoli announced that he was taken to the Hôpital Civil in Strasbourg last week. After medical examinations, he was diagnosed with pneumonia and was immediately treated. Sassoli is reported to be in good condition. 

EU must Respect Rule of Law and Democratic Values

EU Rule of Law

In the latest public opinion survey, four out of five respondents (81%) say the EU should only provide funds to Member States that respect the rule of law and democratic values. Parliament President David Sassoli said: “The European Parliament has been clear that EU Recovery Funds should not go to governments that do not respect core…

European Parliament After the Pandemic

David Sassoli

David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, has issued the following public statement. “Today I gathered all the Members who participated in the reflection on the future of the European Parliament and European parliamentary democracy after the pandemic.” “I received the recommendations from the working groups, which have spent three months discussing the Parliament of…

A House of Cards?

Russian Bear and House of Cards

The Presidents of the European Council, Commission and Parliament issued this joint statement on the imposition of restrictive measures on eight EU nationals by Russia. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s decision of the Russian authorities to ban eight European Union nationals from entering the Russian territory. This includes the President of the…