Logo Assembly Logo Hemicycle



Membership of political groups

  • Member: Group of the European People's Party

Assembly Member

  • since 30/09/2019 Representative-Netherlands
  • from 12/11/2010 to 29/09/2019 Substitute-Netherlands
  • from 25/01/2010 to 12/11/2010 Representative-Netherlands
  • from 23/11/2004 to 25/01/2010 Substitute-Netherlands

MP's role(s) in Committee(s) and Sub-Committee(s)

  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee)
  • Full Member: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media
  • Full Member: Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights


Last speeches

28/01/2020 | 15:41:58 Thank you very much, and thank you very much for the broad support for our report and for the cooperation in writing it. Indeed as Ms Maryvonne BLONDIN, but also Mr John HOWELL and Mr Andreas NICK noted, it took a long time. Please bear with us, we've only been rapporteurs for one year and have done our utmost best to present this report here. Whereas we as an Assembly have been a little bit slow, the Venice commission has not been slow at any rate. Whenever something happened - and colleagues h... 28/01/2020 | 10:13:19 Thank you. And we can be a bit more precise on what the Polish government is trying to do at the moment. The Polish government has had a reform and I would not consider these reforms reforms but instead deteriorations. The first reform they did was to merge the person of the Minister of Justice with the Prosecutor General. That means that the Minister of Justice is not only Minister of Justice but can also take decisions as Prosecutor General. He can even interfere in individual court decisions.... 01/10/2019 | 10:30:13 Thank you, Madam Chair. And let me first congratulate the rapporteur Mr Sylvain WASERMAN on an excellent report. Let's face it, whistle-blowing is one of the few areas in which the Council of Europe has made an impact over the last 10 years. This is the third report on whistle-blowing – or the fourth if you count the report on Snowden. It has set a movement, which has now led to the European legislation which will be implemented in all 28 or 27 EU Member countries. The UK in this case, by the wa... 26/06/2019 | 19:31:58 Dear colleagues, thank you very much for your support. Especially, I'd like to thank Lord FOULKES for his words. This has not been an easy report to write, and if you look at it, I've travelled to many places to speak to many people, not just to Malta, to understand what's going on. I'm a bit taken aback by the opposition of Mr MALLIA. Why are you so opposed to an effective investigation? We should get the truth and an Article 2 inquiry would do just that. The report, Miss CUTAJAR, is called the... 26/06/2019 | 18:12:27 Dear President, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Freedom of speech and freedom of the media, respect for the rule of law and prevention of impunity: these are the essential pillars of our democracy. When a journalist who reports on government corruption is assassinated, when the suspected killers are not put on trial, and the masterminds are not identified when allegations of corruption in the entourage of powerful prime ministers go unchecked, then something is going badly wrong. I was talking...