About: David Sassoli

Politics 18-01-2022

European Parliament elects first woman President in twenty years

Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola was elected on Tuesday (18 January) to lead the EU institution for the second half of its five year mandate after securing an overwhelming majority in the first ballot.
Politics 14-01-2022

Italy pays respect to EU parliament chief Sassoli ahead of state funeral

Italian politicians joined ordinary citizens on Thursday (13 January) to pay their respects to European Parliament President David Sassoli, who died this week and whose coffin was placed in Rome's town hall ahead of a state funeral.
Politics 12-01-2022

EU flags at half-mast after death of parliament speaker Sassoli

EU flags flew at half-mast for European Parliament speaker David Sassoli, who died Tuesday (11 January) aged 65, as tributes flowed in from leaders and officials from around the 27-nation bloc and beyond.
Politics 11-01-2022

David Sassoli: A great pro-European and a great president of European Parliament

With David Sassoli, we have lost a great President of the European Parliament and a personality who is part of the Italian pro-European tradition writes Roberto Castaldi.
Politics 11-01-2022

European Parliament President David Sassoli dies

The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died in the early hours of Tuesday (11 January) in hospital in Italy, his spokesperson announced on Twitter.
Future EU 29-11-2021

CoFoE panels call for environmental education and migrant rights

Environmental education in EU schools and the migration crisis were high on the agenda of proposals suggested by citizens in the last two panels of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Global Europe 19-11-2021

One Belarus border camp cleared as Iraqis fly home

A makeshift migrant camp on Belarus' border with Poland has been cleared, Minsk said Thursday (18 November), as hundreds of Iraqis who failed to make the crossing to enter the European Union returned home.
Health 09-11-2021

European Parliament president knocked down by Legionnaires’ disease

What is legionellosis, the disease that took European Parliament's President David Sassoli out of the parliamentary game for more than two months? And how has the EU improved legislation to tackle the spread of the pneumonia-causing bacteria?

Between Belarus and Afghanistan, an EU dispute is looming over migration

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.

Slovenian PM Janša faces EU pressure for hindering EPPO

As Slovenia prepares to take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, the country's prime minister, Janez Janša, is under pressure from the European Parliament to stop obstructing the work of the Office of the European Public Prosecutor (EPPO).
Global Europe 17-05-2021

Russian ambassador: Moscow and EU need to pull themselves out of ‘this mess’

The Russian Ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, discussed the current tensions against the background of purported covert operations by Russian military intelligence GRU on EU soil, jailed dissident Alexei Navalny, the Sputnik vaccine, and the upcoming Economic Forum in St Petersburg.
Global Europe 04-05-2021

EU summons Russian envoy over travel bans on Brussels officials

The European Union summoned Russia's ambassador to the bloc on Monday to condemn Moscow's decision to bar eight officials from entering the country, which the Kremlin said was in retaliation for sanctions imposed on Russian citizens by the EU.
Global Europe 01-05-2021

Russia bars EU officials as latest row escalates

Tensions between Russia and the European Union escalated on Friday (30 April) as Moscow barred eight EU officials from entering the country and Brussels warned it could respond in kind.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

Social inequalities overtake climate change in EU citizens’ concerns – poll

Reducing poverty and social inequality has become the main policy priority for EU citizens after the COVID-19 pandemic, a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament has shown.
Europe's East 10-02-2021

EU Parliament president under fire for ‘not supporting’ democracy in Belarus

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.
Eastern Europe 22-01-2021

Georgian president visits Brussels in push for 2024 EU membership application

The President of Georgia Salome Zourabishvili is paying a visit to all three on European institutions Thursday and Friday (21-22 January) to cement Georgia’s bid for an EU membership in 2024. The visit of the Caucasian country’s head of state...
Politics 11-12-2020

Tweets of the Week: Brexit Dinner, Vaccine Winner and Single Seat

Boris and Ursula have ill-fated dinner, UK bizarrely claims it’s the world vaccine winner, and in the single seat row things have rarely been grimmer.
Economy & Jobs 15-10-2020

Sassoli calls for ‘imagination’ to overcome budget negotiations deadlock

European Parliament President David Sassoli asked EU leaders on Thursday (15 October) to increase their financial contributions to the EU budget and called for “imagination” to make progress on the stalled negotiations.
Economy & Jobs 22-07-2020

Parliament threatens to withhold consent on budget cuts, potentially delaying recovery plans

The European Parliament will adopt a critical stance against the European Council's recovery plans on Thursday (23 July), opposing cuts to EU-funded programmes in the bloc's long-term budget while also hitting out at the alleged 'weak' nature of rule of law conditionality.
EU Priorities 2020 08-07-2020

Merkel asks EU Parliament for ‘willingness to compromise’ ahead of mini-summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was set to take part in a "mini-summit" with the leaders of the EU institutions in Brussels on Wednesday evening (8 July). It is her first trip abroad since the coronavirus crisis started, testifying to how seriously she is taking her second and last German presidency of the EU Council. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Future EU 28-05-2020

All eyes on Germany’s ‘crisis’ presidency, expected to lead EU recovery

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has forced Germany to radically revise the priorities for its EU Council Presidency in the second half of the year. One thing is clear: the biggest EU country takes the helm in the midst of an unprecedented crisis, at a crucial time for the bloc's recovery efforts. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 04-05-2020

EU Parliament becomes shelter for vulnerable women during COVID-19 crisis

A European Parliament office in the Brussels city centre has been turned into a temporary centre for particularly vulnerable women affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Parliament staff are also cooking meals for charities and driving medical workers around, as part of efforts to help local authorities.
Economy & Jobs 07-04-2020

Netherlands denies blocking Sassoli from coronavirus talks

The Netherlands has never said that European Parliament President David Sassoli should be excluded from talks on the EU's response to the coronavirus crisis, a Dutch spokesperson told EURACTIV.com following a report in Spanish newspaper El Pais.
Future EU 01-04-2020

Sassoli shows his differences with von der Leyen over Hungary

European Parliament President David Sassoli has asked the European Commission to assess whether the new laws introduced in Hungary under the disguise of coronavirus emergency comply with the most important text of EU treaties, he said late on Tuesday (31 March).