About: David Sassoli

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).
Coronavirus 25-03-2020

European Parliament suspends normal plenary sessions until September

The coronavirus has forced the European Parliament to postpone its full four-day plenary sessions in Strasbourg until at least September, according to a revised calendar seen by EURACTIV.com.
Health 06-03-2020

European Parliament session moved to Brussels over ‘higher’ virus risk

Next week's plenary session will be moved from Strasbourg to Brussels due to "significantly higher health risks", European Parliament president David Sassoli said on Thursday (5 March), after France reported more cases of the new coronavirus.
Politics 04-03-2020

MEPs irked by Greta visit despite virus ban

EU lawmakers on Tuesday (3 March) complained that a visit by eco-warrior Greta Thunberg to the European Parliament is set to go ahead despite a moratorium on all outside visits to the chamber.
Global Europe 31-01-2020

We will find new path with London after Brexit, say EU leaders

The European Union will work hard to forge a future as an ally and partner of Britain after their divorce on Friday (31 January), European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen wrote in Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.
Economy & Jobs 23-01-2020

Davos 2020 diary – day #3

Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world’s most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.
22-01-2020

Davos 2020 diary – day #2

Welcome to Davos where the 50th edition of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is taking place on 21-25 January. Throughout the week, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into one of the world’s most exclusive conferences where political and business leaders meet every year to discuss global economic trends.
Future EU 15-01-2020

Parliament kicks off debate on the Future of Europe conference

The European Parliament launched on Wednesday (15 January) the debate on the Future of Europe conference, expected to begin in May, and outlined its position ahead of talks with the Commission and Council. 
Elections 11-01-2020

European Parliament strip jailed Catalan MEP of seat

The European Parliament declared Friday (10 January) that jailed Catalan separatist Oriol Junqueras is no longer an MEP, stripping him of the immunity his supporters hoped would see him freed.