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September 2021
4 months agoalbawaba.com
The head of the European Parliament David Sassoli was taken to the hospital several days ago after suffering pneumonia, according to a statement issued
Head of The Euro Parliament Hospitalized With Pneumonia - Al-Bawaba
4 months agoeureporter.co
  Today (7 May) and tomorrow (8 May), European Parliament President David Sassoli (pictured) will participate in the Porto Social Summit, taking place in Portugal, organized by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. President Sassoli will receive the keys to the city of Porto at 11h on Friday from the Mayor […]
Sassoli: 'Europe must take urgent action to protect its citizens' lives and futures' - EU Reporter
4 months agoeuroparl.europa.eu
The Covid-19 pandemic has strengthened citizens’ beliefs that the European Union is the right place to develop effective solutions to tackle its effects.
EU is right place to tackle pandemic, but reform is needed, latest survey finds | News | European Parliament - EU News
4 months agoeuronews.com
David Sassoli was taken to the Hôpital Civil in Strasbourg on Wednesday, his spokesperson said, adding he is currently in a "good condition".
President of EU Parliament David Sassoli in hospital with pneumonia - Euronews
4 months agopolitico.eu
The Parliament chief is in ‘good condition,’ his spokesperson said.
EU Parliament President Sassoli in hospital with pneumonia - POLITICO Europe
4 months agoeuropeansting.com
(Credit: Unsplash) This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. In the latest public opinion survey, four out of five respondents (81%) say the EU should only provide…
EP survey: EU recovery funds should only go to countries respecting Rule of Law - The European Sting
4 months agopolitico.eu
The German politician wants to consolidate leadership of the European Parliament’s biggest group.
Weber seeks to lead EPP in new dual role - POLITICO Europe
4 months agopolitico.eu
David Sassoli and Manfred Weber aim to strengthen positions.
Presidents plot power plays at European Parliament - POLITICO Europe
5 months agoeuronews.com
"It's clear that the need for more European defence has never been as evident as today after events in Afghanistan," said Josep Borrell, the EU's foreign affairs chief
Afghanistan crisis sparks debate over EU's military capabilities - Euronews
5 months agodailysabah.com
The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, criticized the European Union’s reluctance to take in significant numbers of refugees fleeing...
EP chief criticizes EU's reluctance to accept Afghan refugees | Daily Sabah - Daily Sabah
5 months agoeuropeanwesternbalkans.com
BLED – The European future is a project of values, freedoms, prosperity and influence, and the Western Balkans are part of a dialogue on the future of Europe, it was concluded during the Leaders’ Panel – Future of Europe – to Stand and Withstand at Bled Security Forum. Charles Michel, the...
Bled Strategic Forum: Future of Europe inconceivable without the Western Balkans - European Western Balkans
 
August 2021
5 months agonews.err.ee
European Parliament President David Sassoli praised Estonia's path to freedom and democracy on Friday (August 20) during a visit to the country to mark the 30th anniversary of the restoration of independence.
European Parliament President: I truly admire Estonia's transformation - ERR News
5 months agoeuractiv.com
EU member states, nervous about a replay of Europe's 2015-16 migration crisis and a surge of Afghan migrants, agreed on Wednesday (18 August) they need to strengthen their external borders.
Between Belarus and Afghanistan, an EU dispute is looming over migration - EURACTIV
5 months agoreuters.com
The European Union has a responsibility to accept Afghan refugees and cannot leave people who worked for the bloc in Afghanistan to "face revenge", European Parliament President David Sassoli said on Wednesday.
EU must take in Afghans, some may face 'revenge'- European Parliament chief - Reuters
 
July 2021
6 months agopolitico.eu
MEPs propose boosting time for debates on ‘controversial’ files over more technical subjects.
European Parliament seeks limelight with revamp - POLITICO Europe
 
June 2021
7 months agoeuropeanwesternbalkans.com
BRUSSELS – “Enlargement means hope, for all sides. We call on the Council to keep its promises and speed up the enlargement process”, said President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, after the second Western Balkans Speakers‘ Summit. “Together, we have reaffirmed the central role of our institutions in driving...
Sassoli: Parliaments are key drivers of the enlargement process - European Western Balkans
7 months agonewsbook.com.mt
In an open letter to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament President David Sassoli insisted that the Commission should fulfil its obligations and act against member states which fail to respect the rule of law, warning that MEPs would take action in the European Court of Justice if it did not.
Act on rule of law violations or we will, Sassoli tells von der Leyen - Newsbook
7 months agofrance24.com
The European Union’s chief executive vowed Wednesday to take any action necessary to thwart a new law in Hungary that would ban content portraying or promoting homosexuality or sex reassignment to ch…
Hungary's new anti-LGBTQ law a 'shame' that contravenes EU values, von der Leyen says - FRANCE 24 English
7 months agoschengenvisainfo.com
Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) in sending a bipartisan and bicameral letter to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the European Union’s High Representative, Josep Borrell, and the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli that highlights the ongoing crackdown by the Castro-Díaz-Canel regime against members of the San Isidro Movement and other human rights activists in Cuba. Joining Rubio and Díaz-Balart in sending the letter were Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and Representatives Albio Sires (D-NJ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Alex Mooney (R-WV), and Carlos Gimenez (R-FL). “In addition to the severe repression on the island, the regime in Cuba continues to destabilize countries in the Western Hemisphere by propping up the dictatorships in Venezuela and Nicaragua, supporting international terrorist groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), and harboring fugitives from U.S. justice including one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorists, Joanne Chesimard, terrorist bomb maker William Morales, and hijacker Charles Hill,” the legislators wrote. Rubio is the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues. The full text of the letter is below. Dear President Michel, High Representative Borrell, and President Sassoli, We write to ensure that you are aware of the deteriorating human rights situation in Cuba, including the brutal crackdown on independent artists, musicians, and writers of the San Isidro Movement, as well as repression against other human rights activists throughout the island. The oppressive nature of the dictatorship in Cuba has not changed despite the transfer of titles and sham, one-party “elections.” In fact, the regime has only continued to further entrench and expand its power. For example, it has cracked down on expression by independent Cuban artists, musicians, writers, and journalists of the San Isidro Movement with beatings, arrests, and internet blackouts. In addition, the regime cracked down on pro-democracy leader Jose Daniel Ferrer, who engaged in a hunger strike when the regime prohibited him and other members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) from distributing food to hungry Cubans from the organization’s headquarters. Ferrer, who was imprisoned during the infamous “Black Spring” of 2003, has once again been subject to severe abuse, imprisonment, and other forms of harassment for daring to oppose the regime in Cuba. For these reasons, renowned NGO Freedom House has labeled Cuba as “Not Free,” stating that, “Cuba’s one-party communist state outlaws political pluralism, bans independent media, suppresses dissent, and severely restricts basic civil liberties… The regime’s undemocratic character has not changed despite a generational transition in political leadership between 2018 and 2019 that included the introduction of a new constitution.” The regime in Cuba also has a long history of racism. Almost no high level positions within the regime are occupied by Afro-Cubans. In addition, many of those who suffered the worst treatment at the hands of Castro’s thugs were Afro-Cubans, such as Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez, Berta Soler of the Ladies in White, Guillermo Farinas, recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, and many more. The repression against Afro-Cubans continues with brutal arrests against members of the San Isidro Movement, including internet blackouts to prevent members from communicating with each other and raising awareness of these human rights abuses. In addition to the severe repression on the island, the regime in Cuba continues to destabilize countries in the Western Hemisphere by propping up the dictatorships in Venezuela and Nicaragua, supporting international terrorist groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), and harboring fugitives from U.S. justice including one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorists, Joanne Chesimard, terrorist bomb maker William Morales, and hijacker Charles Hill. Secretary General Luis Almagro of the Organization of American States (OAS) has stated that Cuba has an “occupation army” of thousands of Cuban military and intelligence agents inside Venezuela, propping up the Maduro regime. Due to the skyrocketing poverty, crime, and repression, nearly five million Venezuelans have fled the country, placing enormous strains on the region to meet dire humanitarian needs. The Cuban regime’s influence in Venezuela has contributed to the hardship by assisting with repression. The U.S. State Department’s 2020 Report on Human Rights Practices stated that— State security officials frequently deployed to countries such as Venezuela and Nicaragua, where they trained and supported other organizations in their use of repressive tactics and human rights abuses and sometimes participated in the abuses directly. For instance, Cuban security force members were embedded in the Maduro regime’s security and intelligence services in Venezuela and were instrumental in transforming Venezuela’s Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) from a small organization focused on external threats to a much larger organization focused on surveilling Venezuelans and suppressing dissent. UN reports accused the DGCIM of torture, and many former Venezuelan prisoners said that Cubans, identified by their distinctive accents, supervised while DGCIM personnel tortured prisoners. A December 2019 report from the Casla Institute, a Czech Republic-based NGO focused on governance in Latin America, stated the Cuban ambassador in Venezuela was personally involved in organizing this training. The Casla Institute report also stated, “Cubans constantly instruct members of the FANB [Venezuelan armed forces] and intelligence in techniques of repression, intimidation, and monitoring, so that they carry out investigation work and spy on their own colleagues and their families and political and social leaders, and directly intervene in social unrest.” The Cuban regime’s malignancy is not confined to its borders, but has contributed to repression, violence, and destabilization throughout the Western Hemisphere. We are also alarmed that the EU member states seem to look toward Spain for leadership in matters pertaining to the Western Hemisphere. Spain has historically had a poor record in our hemisphere and, in the case of Cuba, was forced to leave Cuba once the Cuban people won their independence. After decades of attempts by the Cuban people to rid their country of oppressive Spanish rule, the United States provided military support to the Cuban people in their war of independence. The Cuban people ultimately prevailed. It is ironic that more than a hundred years after the Cuban people won their independence, its former colonial oppressors now seek to strengthen the Cuban people’s modern-day oppressors. Given Spain’s specious record in Cuba, we urge you instead to heed the counsel of EU member states, such as Lithuania, that have undergone their own democratic transitions away from Communist totalitarianism. In fact, it was the European Community’s (EC) steadfast dedication to democracy as a prerequisite to membership throughout the 1960s and 1970s that decisively contributed to the democratic transitions in Spain and Portugal. The economic and political pressures from the EC, conditioning full European membership on a commitment to democratic principles, proved instrumental to the institutional reforms in the Iberian peninsula. Regrettably, Spain has not exercised the solidarity on behalf of democracy and human rights for the Cuban people that the European Community demonstrated for the people of Spain and Portugal. Just as international solidarity was essential to bringing freedom to the countries behind the Iron Curtain, and to Spain and Portugal, it is essential to promoting a democratic transition in totalitarian Cuba. Countries such as Lithuania are in an optimal position to guide Europe on the critical matter of transitions from totalitarianism to democracy. The Cuban people have suffered for decades under dictatorial rule, in large part due to the lack of international solidarity. We urge you to consider the power that a concerted effort to support the Cuban people in their democratic aspirations could have to cause transformational, democratic change. We commend those member states such as Lithuania that have stood firm in supporting human rights and basic liberties in Cuba, and we urge all EU member states to similarly affirm these basic principles. When the Cuban people finally achieve their freedom, they will remember those who stood with them. We write to urge the European Union (EU) to stand in unequivocal solidarity with the Cuban people and to refuse to expand trade or diplomatic relations with the oppressive Cuban regime until basic freedoms and human rights are recognized. Specifically, we request that you demand the immediate release of all political prisoners, the legalization of free expression, independent media, political parties, and labor unions, and the scheduling of free, fair, multiparty elections for the long-oppressed people of Cuba. Sincerely, RUBIO JUNTO A DÍAZ-BALART LIDERAN CARTA A LA UNIÓN EUROPEA SOBRE ABUSOS DE DD.HH. EN CUBA Miami, FL — El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) junto al congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) enviaron una carta bipartidista y bicameral al Presidente del Consejo Europeo, Charles Michel, al Alto Representante de la Unión Europea, Josep Borrell, y al Presidente del Parlamento Europeo, David Sassoli. La misiva destaca la actual represión por parte del régimen de Castro/Díaz-Canel contra miembros del Movimiento San Isidro y otros activistas de derechos humanos en Cuba. Uniéndose a Rubio y Díaz-Balart en enviar la carta estaban el Senador Rick Scott (R-FL) y los Representantes Albio Sires (D-NJ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Alex Mooney (R-WV) y Carlos Gimenez (R-FL). El texto de la carta en inglés está aquí. Rubio es el Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre Hemisferio Occidental, Crimen Transnacional, Seguridad Civil, Democracia, Derechos Humanos y Asuntos Globales de la Mujer.
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7 months agoapnews.com
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers threatened Thursday to sue the bloc’s executive branch within weeks if it fails to take action against countries allegedly violating democratic standards, notably Hungary and Poland.
EU lawmakers threaten to sue, to speed up rule of law action - Associated Press
7 months agoeuropeanwesternbalkans.com
BRUSSELS – European Parliament President David Sassoli has called for allowing the Western Balkans countries into the European Union, calling enlargement a “positive project for peace and prosperity”, N1 reported. “Enlargement can bring immense benefits both to the region and to European as a whole, helping to secure a stable, prosperous and peaceful...
Sassoli: Enlargement is a positive project for peace and prosperity - European Western Balkans
7 months agoreuters.com
Hundreds of European lawmakers and staff travel to Strasbourg next week for the European Parliament's first session since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, though many think it is too early to return.
EU lawmakers reluctantly decamp to France for first pandemic session - Reuters
 
May 2021
8 months agoeuractiv.com
The European Parliament has begun a much needed reflection process with a view to updating the way that the institution works, writes David Sassoli.
A time to reflect – EURACTIV.com - EURACTIV
8 months agotheparliamentmagazine.eu
The European Parliament voted on June 24 to adopt a report describing abortion as “essential healthcare” and seeking to redefine conscientious objection as a “denial of medical care.”
Sassoli calls for fresh EU action to tackle asylum seeker deaths in Mediterranean - The Parliament Magazine
8 months agopolitico.eu
The Parliament’s French home is offering vaccines, but MEPs are still reluctant to deal with quarantine rules to attend the June session.
European Parliament returns to Strasbourg — but few want to follow - POLITICO Europe
8 months agotheparliamentmagazine.eu
The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union, clearing the last hurdle towards full ratification of the accord.
Parliament looks set to finally return to Strasbourg for monthly session - The Parliament Magazine
8 months agopolitico.eu
MEPs have not attended an in-person plenary session in the French city in over a year.
European Parliament to return to Strasbourg seat for June session - POLITICO Europe
8 months agopolitico.eu
Strasbourg ceremony inaugurates a yearlong conversation with citizens that could lead to treaty changes.
On Europe Day, EU kicks off ‘conference’ on its future - POLITICO Europe
8 months agopolitico.eu
It doesn’t carry out EU foreign policy or adopt sanctions, yet MEPs have often gone further than the EU in criticizing Moscow.
Why did Russia go after the European Parliament? - POLITICO Europe
 
April 2021
9 months agopolitico.eu
Moscow accuses bloc of ‘illegitimate, unilateral restrictive measures against Russian citizens and organizations.’
Russia bans top EU officials in retaliation for sanctions - POLITICO Europe
9 months agofrance24.com
The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of the post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the European Union, clearing the last hurdle towards full ratification of the accord.
European Parliament approves post-Brexit trade deal with UK - FRANCE 24 English
9 months agopolitico.eu
European Parliament leaders had been expected to announce that the deal would finally be ratified in late April.
MEPs stall EU-UK trade deal ratification — again - POLITICO Europe
9 months agopolitico.eu
Jan Zahradil accused of failing to properly disclose financial support from the Chinese Mission to the EU.
Czech lawmaker investigated over China sponsorship: report - POLITICO Europe
 
March 2021
10 months agotheparliamentmagazine.eu
Moscow accuses bloc of ‘illegitimate, unilateral restrictive measures against Russian citizens and organizations.’
New US administration an opportunity to 'rebuild' EU-US transatlantic partnership, says David Sassoli - The Parliament Magazine
10 months agopolitico.eu
The European Parliament’s ratification is the final step before the agreement legally comes into full force.
European Parliament to ratify UK trade deal in late April, president says - POLITICO.eu
10 months agopolitico.eu
The European Parliament president vowed to punish Beijing over its recent EU sanctions, but declined to offer specifics.
David Sassoli to China: Europe is no ‘punching bag’ - POLITICO.eu
10 months agopolitico.eu
The liberal MEP will lead a seven-person slate for the Parliament that includes six men and two Euroskeptic MEPs.
Guy Verhofstadt gets Parliament’s top post for conference on EU’s future - POLITICO.eu
10 months agotheparliamentmagazine.eu
Parliament President David Sassoli presented the 2020 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Veranika Tsapkala in Brussels on 16 December.
EU's attempt to reform itself branded 'biased from the very beginning' - The Parliament Magazine
10 months agopolitico.eu
After a year of debate, there’s common vision for a ‘game changer’ event to help the EU get its ‘magic back.’
The EU has a presidential problem (and a navel-gazing one) - POLITICO.eu
10 months agopolitico.eu
The months-long examination of the EU is meant to give its citizens a greater say in the bloc’s future.
EU finally approves Conference on the Future of Europe - POLITICO.eu
10 months agoeuropeanwesternbalkans.com
BRUSSELS – Today, European Parliament President David Sassoli, Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa, on behalf of the Presidency of the Council, and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen have signed the Joint Declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe, the European Commission stated in a press release....
Declaration on the Conference on the Future of Europe signed - European Western Balkans
10 months agoeuropeanwesternbalkans.com
Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Congressman Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) in sending a bipartisan and bicameral letter to the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the European Union’s High Representative, Josep Borrell, and the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli that highlights the ongoing crackdown by the Castro-Díaz-Canel regime against members of the San Isidro Movement and other human rights activists in Cuba. Joining Rubio and Díaz-Balart in sending the letter were Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and Representatives Albio Sires (D-NJ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Alex Mooney (R-WV), and Carlos Gimenez (R-FL). “In addition to the severe repression on the island, the regime in Cuba continues to destabilize countries in the Western Hemisphere by propping up the dictatorships in Venezuela and Nicaragua, supporting international terrorist groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), and harboring fugitives from U.S. justice including one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorists, Joanne Chesimard, terrorist bomb maker William Morales, and hijacker Charles Hill,” the legislators wrote. Rubio is the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues. The full text of the letter is below. Dear President Michel, High Representative Borrell, and President Sassoli, We write to ensure that you are aware of the deteriorating human rights situation in Cuba, including the brutal crackdown on independent artists, musicians, and writers of the San Isidro Movement, as well as repression against other human rights activists throughout the island. The oppressive nature of the dictatorship in Cuba has not changed despite the transfer of titles and sham, one-party “elections.” In fact, the regime has only continued to further entrench and expand its power. For example, it has cracked down on expression by independent Cuban artists, musicians, writers, and journalists of the San Isidro Movement with beatings, arrests, and internet blackouts. In addition, the regime cracked down on pro-democracy leader Jose Daniel Ferrer, who engaged in a hunger strike when the regime prohibited him and other members of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU) from distributing food to hungry Cubans from the organization’s headquarters. Ferrer, who was imprisoned during the infamous “Black Spring” of 2003, has once again been subject to severe abuse, imprisonment, and other forms of harassment for daring to oppose the regime in Cuba. For these reasons, renowned NGO Freedom House has labeled Cuba as “Not Free,” stating that, “Cuba’s one-party communist state outlaws political pluralism, bans independent media, suppresses dissent, and severely restricts basic civil liberties… The regime’s undemocratic character has not changed despite a generational transition in political leadership between 2018 and 2019 that included the introduction of a new constitution.” The regime in Cuba also has a long history of racism. Almost no high level positions within the regime are occupied by Afro-Cubans. In addition, many of those who suffered the worst treatment at the hands of Castro’s thugs were Afro-Cubans, such as Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, Jorge Luis Garcia Perez Antunez, Berta Soler of the Ladies in White, Guillermo Farinas, recipient of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, and many more. The repression against Afro-Cubans continues with brutal arrests against members of the San Isidro Movement, including internet blackouts to prevent members from communicating with each other and raising awareness of these human rights abuses. In addition to the severe repression on the island, the regime in Cuba continues to destabilize countries in the Western Hemisphere by propping up the dictatorships in Venezuela and Nicaragua, supporting international terrorist groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), and harboring fugitives from U.S. justice including one of the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted Terrorists, Joanne Chesimard, terrorist bomb maker William Morales, and hijacker Charles Hill. Secretary General Luis Almagro of the Organization of American States (OAS) has stated that Cuba has an “occupation army” of thousands of Cuban military and intelligence agents inside Venezuela, propping up the Maduro regime. Due to the skyrocketing poverty, crime, and repression, nearly five million Venezuelans have fled the country, placing enormous strains on the region to meet dire humanitarian needs. The Cuban regime’s influence in Venezuela has contributed to the hardship by assisting with repression. The U.S. State Department’s 2020 Report on Human Rights Practices stated that— State security officials frequently deployed to countries such as Venezuela and Nicaragua, where they trained and supported other organizations in their use of repressive tactics and human rights abuses and sometimes participated in the abuses directly. For instance, Cuban security force members were embedded in the Maduro regime’s security and intelligence services in Venezuela and were instrumental in transforming Venezuela’s Directorate General of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) from a small organization focused on external threats to a much larger organization focused on surveilling Venezuelans and suppressing dissent. UN reports accused the DGCIM of torture, and many former Venezuelan prisoners said that Cubans, identified by their distinctive accents, supervised while DGCIM personnel tortured prisoners. A December 2019 report from the Casla Institute, a Czech Republic-based NGO focused on governance in Latin America, stated the Cuban ambassador in Venezuela was personally involved in organizing this training. The Casla Institute report also stated, “Cubans constantly instruct members of the FANB [Venezuelan armed forces] and intelligence in techniques of repression, intimidation, and monitoring, so that they carry out investigation work and spy on their own colleagues and their families and political and social leaders, and directly intervene in social unrest.” The Cuban regime’s malignancy is not confined to its borders, but has contributed to repression, violence, and destabilization throughout the Western Hemisphere. We are also alarmed that the EU member states seem to look toward Spain for leadership in matters pertaining to the Western Hemisphere. Spain has historically had a poor record in our hemisphere and, in the case of Cuba, was forced to leave Cuba once the Cuban people won their independence. After decades of attempts by the Cuban people to rid their country of oppressive Spanish rule, the United States provided military support to the Cuban people in their war of independence. The Cuban people ultimately prevailed. It is ironic that more than a hundred years after the Cuban people won their independence, its former colonial oppressors now seek to strengthen the Cuban people’s modern-day oppressors. Given Spain’s specious record in Cuba, we urge you instead to heed the counsel of EU member states, such as Lithuania, that have undergone their own democratic transitions away from Communist totalitarianism. In fact, it was the European Community’s (EC) steadfast dedication to democracy as a prerequisite to membership throughout the 1960s and 1970s that decisively contributed to the democratic transitions in Spain and Portugal. The economic and political pressures from the EC, conditioning full European membership on a commitment to democratic principles, proved instrumental to the institutional reforms in the Iberian peninsula. Regrettably, Spain has not exercised the solidarity on behalf of democracy and human rights for the Cuban people that the European Community demonstrated for the people of Spain and Portugal. Just as international solidarity was essential to bringing freedom to the countries behind the Iron Curtain, and to Spain and Portugal, it is essential to promoting a democratic transition in totalitarian Cuba. Countries such as Lithuania are in an optimal position to guide Europe on the critical matter of transitions from totalitarianism to democracy. The Cuban people have suffered for decades under dictatorial rule, in large part due to the lack of international solidarity. We urge you to consider the power that a concerted effort to support the Cuban people in their democratic aspirations could have to cause transformational, democratic change. We commend those member states such as Lithuania that have stood firm in supporting human rights and basic liberties in Cuba, and we urge all EU member states to similarly affirm these basic principles. When the Cuban people finally achieve their freedom, they will remember those who stood with them. We write to urge the European Union (EU) to stand in unequivocal solidarity with the Cuban people and to refuse to expand trade or diplomatic relations with the oppressive Cuban regime until basic freedoms and human rights are recognized. Specifically, we request that you demand the immediate release of all political prisoners, the legalization of free expression, independent media, political parties, and labor unions, and the scheduling of free, fair, multiparty elections for the long-oppressed people of Cuba. Sincerely, RUBIO JUNTO A DÍAZ-BALART LIDERAN CARTA A LA UNIÓN EUROPEA SOBRE ABUSOS DE DD.HH. EN CUBA Miami, FL — El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) junto al congresista Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) enviaron una carta bipartidista y bicameral al Presidente del Consejo Europeo, Charles Michel, al Alto Representante de la Unión Europea, Josep Borrell, y al Presidente del Parlamento Europeo, David Sassoli. La misiva destaca la actual represión por parte del régimen de Castro/Díaz-Canel contra miembros del Movimiento San Isidro y otros activistas de derechos humanos en Cuba. Uniéndose a Rubio y Díaz-Balart en enviar la carta estaban el Senador Rick Scott (R-FL) y los Representantes Albio Sires (D-NJ), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Alex Mooney (R-WV) y Carlos Gimenez (R-FL). El texto de la carta en inglés está aquí. Rubio es el Miembro de Más Alto Rango del Subcomité sobre Hemisferio Occidental, Crimen Transnacional, Seguridad Civil, Democracia, Derechos Humanos y Asuntos Globales de la Mujer.
Von der Leyen: Albania's future is Europe, negotiations should start - European Western Balkans
 
February 2021
11 months agomaltawinds.com
David Sassoli called on EU leaders to continue the common approach to Covid-19 vaccines in a speech to the European Council. “It is thanks to our collective approach that European countries have not been pitted against each other and the rich countries have not bought up most of the vaccines,” the President of the European […]
President of the European Parliament David Sassoli on the pandemic: “There can be no return to how things were before” - maltawi
11 months agoeuractiv.com
A leading Member of the European Parliament is organising a debate on Wednesday (10 February) intended to overturn a decision by the assembly's President David Sassoli not to open an office in Brussels representing the Belarus opposition, presumably under the advice of EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell.
EU Parliament president under fire for 'not supporting' democracy in Belarus - EURACTIV
 
January 2021
12 months agopolitico.eu
Draft puts forward von der Leyen, Michel and Sassoli for a joint presidency.
EU proposes 3 people lead conference on bloc’s future - POLITICO.eu
12 months agoeuractiv.com
  Today (7 May) and tomorrow (8 May), European Parliament President David Sassoli (pictured) will participate in the Porto Social Summit, taking place in Portugal, organized by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. President Sassoli will receive the keys to the city of Porto at 11h on Friday from the Mayor […]
Georgian president visits Brussels in push for 2024 EU membership application - EURACTIV
12 months agopolitico.eu
Monica Semedo cannot participate in Parliament business and will lower her allowance for 15 days.
MEP suspended for ‘psychological harassment’ after 10-month probe - POLITICO.eu
1 year agoeuropeanwesternbalkans.com
BRUSSELS – Acting president of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani met with EU Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi, European Parliament Speaker David Sassoli and EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue Miroslav Lajčák in Brussels as part of a two-day visit, Beta reports. Osmani expressed her gratitude to the EU for the continued...
Osmani met with Várhelyi, Sassoli and Lajčák in Brussels - European Western Balkans
2020
 
December 2020
1 year agoreuters.com
The European Parliament said on Thursday it will analyse the post-Brexit trade deal clinched by the EU and Britain in detail before deciding whether to approve the agreement in the new year.
EU Parliament says it will decide on Brexit deal in new year - Reuters
1 year agopolitico.eu
Accepting European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize, Tikhanovskaya urges EU to find ‘unconventional’ ways to back protesters.
Belarus opposition leader calls on EU to do more - POLITICO.eu
1 year agopolitico.eu
President David Sassoli gave a short speech in the French city in bid to appease Emmanuel Macron.
European Parliament returns to Strasbourg (for 30 minutes and then back to Brussels) - POLITICO.eu
1 year agouefa.com
UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin and European Parliament President David Sassoli met by videoconference today.
UEFA President and European Parliament President commit to promoting inclusion and safeguarding solidarity in European football
 
November 2020
1 year agoeuroparl.europa.eu
Parliament President David Sassoli reminded EU leaders Parliament approval is needed for the EU budget and said MEPs would not accept just any agreement.
Sassoli: Parliament won't accept just any long-term budget agreement | News - EU News
1 year agoafr.com
The relief at Joe Biden's victory is palpable in Europe as Donald Trump seemed to revel in goading the Continent over Brexit, trade and the future of the NATO alliance.
'Welcome back America': World leaders greet Biden win - The Australian Financial Review
 
October 2020
1 year agotheparliamentmagazine.eu
Coronavirus surge forces last minute change of plan says European Parliament president.
David Sassoli says Strasbourg plenary cancellation an 'extremely difficult decision' - The Parliament Magazine
1 year agoneweurope.eu
European Parliament President, David Sassoli will enter quarantine for a second time, after coming in contact with a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19. "I was recently in contact with a member of my staff who today tested positive for COVID-19," Sassoli wrote in a Twitter post on Thur
EU Parliament President Sassoli in quarantine - New Europe
 
July 2020
1 year agotheparliamentmagazine.eu
Parliament’s President said that while the assembly is “satisfied” with the €750bn recovery plan to deal with the COVID-19 health crisis, proposed ...
David Sassoli: EU long-term budget 'needs correcting' and Parliament will try to 'improve' it - The Parliament Magazine
1 year agoeuronews.com
David Sassoli said the EU parliament was pleased with the EU recovery package but would improve on the budget.
Watch back: European Parliament will make 'certain corrections' to EU budget, Sassoli says - Euronews
 
June 2020
2 years agopolitico.eu
German MEP Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana says she was pushed against a wall by Belgian police.
Sassoli urges action over ‘shocking’ allegation of police violence against MEP - POLITICO.eu
 
March 2020
2 years agopolitico.eu
President decides to stay away from legislature after trip to Italy.
European Parliament’s Sassoli to work from home as coronavirus precaution - POLITICO.eu
2019
 
July 2019
3 years agopolitico.eu
The Socialist MEP made an unexpected last-minute run to head the legislature.
David Sassoli elected European Parliament president - POLITICO.eu
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