Razlog - Bansko, Bulgaria
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Message of the EP President Mr. Martin Schulz:
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is both an honour and a duty for me to address these words of welcome to you at the start of the 50th International Congress of the European Journalists’ Association.
It is an honour because the significance of the contribution which you all make to safeguarding diversity of opinion, to keeping the public informed and to subjecting politicians and their actions to scrutiny cannot be overestimated.
And it is a duty because many things which today we take for granted, which we simply regard as a given – freedom, including freedom of opinion, democracy, pluralism or tolerance – are under threat.
Democracies – even those here in
If we Europeans are to win back political
sovereignty, however, we need ‘more
Nobody should make the mistake of believing
that all the advances we have made thus far are irreversible. The recent crisis
has left many people feeling frightened and discouraged. The spectre of
nationalism is once again abroad in
In order to do this, we need to change the
EU as we know it today. We need to do this quickly, and we need to ensure that
ordinary people are with us. People are not opposed to the EU in principle. Not
every critic of the EU is a Eurosceptic. To my mind, the media have a central
role to play in providing people with objective information about what is
I can also see a second challenge to our European democracy. Since the start of the financial crisis, the EU governments have come to a remarkable conclusion: because the markets want to see prompt, decisive action, parliaments should be excluded from the decision-making process. This is the way the people governing us think, because they see the representatives of the people as awkward and unbiddable. But parliaments must be precisely that: awkward and unbiddable! They must ensure that political decisions are subjected to public scrutiny, and they must amend those decisions and sometimes even overturn them. For that, they need time. Yes, democracy and parliamentarianism need time.
I see one of my most important tasks as
President of the European Parliament as being that of making our Assembly a
forum for constructive and informed debate, a place where decisions fundamental
to the future of our
Ladies and gentlemen, please help to create
the informed public opinion that
I wish you every success with your congre