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…

8th March Women’s Day

MEPs and national parliamentarians will discuss women’s key role in fighting the pandemic during an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday. The annual inter-parliamentary meeting marking International Women’s Day gathers MEPs and national MPs to discuss gender equality and women’s rights issues. This year’s theme is ‘‘We are strong: Women leading the fight against COVID-19’’. After…

Holocaust Commemoration Day 27 January

The following are extracts from the speech of David Sassoli the President of the European Parliament yesterday on the occasion of Holocaust Commemoration Day. “Today we remember that 76 years ago the gates of Auschwitz-Birkenau were opened, revealing the horror of the Nazi genocide.” “What happened in that concentration camp and in all the other…