Future of Europe Fringe

As EU leaders prepare to put the finishing touches to their plans for a two year conference on the Future of Europe, civil society groups are mobilising to set up a parallel series of events aimed at putting citizens at the heart of the debate. A Future of Europe Fringe, modelled on the experience of…

Europe Needs to Rediscover Vision – Sassoli

Yesterday evening the European Parliament President David Sassoli used a speech at the Jacques Delors Institute in Paris to call on EU leaders to rediscover the former European Commission President’s ambition and reforming zeal to tackle the many challenges Europe faces. President Sassoli said: “During his ten years at the head of the European Commission, he…

Inauguration of the New Commission

The EU needs to “turn the promises of the past few months into results that improve people’s lives” That was the message on Sunday from parliament’s president David Sassoli who was speaking in Brussels. He joined the Presidents of the three EU institutions and the European Central Bank to mark the inauguration of the new Commission and…

Sentsov Calls for the Release of all Political Prisoners in Crimea

Ukrainian civil rights activist Oleg Sentsov,  recently released from a Russian prison and who has become a symbol of all political prisoners in that country, has warned the West “not to forget” those “languishing” in Russian jails. He said, “There are young men still languishing behind bars in Russia, people who have done nothing wrong,…

EP Completes Hearings for New Commission Nominees

The Conference of Presidents (President Sassoli and political groups’ leaders) closed the hearings process today. Parliament will vote on the new Commission on 27 November. After the meeting, European Parliament President David Sassoli said: “During the last two months, the European Parliament has played its democratic role, scrutinising the performances of the proposed Commissioners closely….