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Czech President, Milos Zeman, makes Speech to European Parliament

Milos Zeman, the President of the Czech Republic made a speech to the European Parliament plenary in Strasbourg on 26th February.

He positioned himself as ‘a strong supporter of the euro’ and said that the Czech Republic should adopt the euro as soon as possible. In a press conference after the speech, he said this could be achieved in a period of between 2 to 5 years.

Milos Zeman, President of the Czech Republic Photo Graham Waghorn

Milos Zeman, President of the Czech Republic
Photo Graham Waghorn

President Zeman spoke in favour of the harmonisation of social and environmental issues and taxation across Europe which he said was opposed by some business groups. Whilst speaking of common European rules, he referred to Henry Kissinger’s supposed remark ‘What is the phone number of Europe?’ He also emphasized the importance of tackling the high unemployment rate in Europe.

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Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano makes Speech to European Parliament 04/02/2014

The Italian president Giorgio Napolitano was on an official visit and made a speech to the European Parliament on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Project Spinelli (see below: commemoration stamp/envelopes from today and from 1984).

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In front of the hemicycle, soldiers were raising the Italian flag.
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