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Membership of political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

Assembly Member

  • since 20/11/2009 Representative-Norway
  • from 25/11/2005 to 20/11/2009 Substitute-Norway

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)


Last speeches

30/01/2020 | 18:59:27 Mr President, dear colleagues, Let me thank Sir GALE for his report and memorandum with several proposals on how to strengthen the work of the Monitoring Committee, that deserve to be reflected upon. We should also have in mind our decision yesterday on the new joint procedure in response to serious violation by a member state of its statutory obligations. Regrettably, Sir GALE's report demonstrates that we are in need for new tools in order to get all members in compliance with human rights, de... 29/01/2020 | 17:02:53 Mr President, dear colleagues, In June 2018, this Assembly discussed the Nicoletti report, prepared on the background of a changing European landscape, unfortunately not to the better. On the contrary, we faced severe geo-political confrontations, even war between member states of the Council of Europe, and a growing lack of political will to respect and implement the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights, both among newer, as well as founding member states of this organisation. Three... 02/10/2019 | 20:17:08 Thank you, Madame President. I will try to answer as many of the points made by the speakers as possible. To start with Ms DALLOZ, there is going to be a census next year. We have been told that the census has been scheduled for 2020. You also mentioned worrying conditions in prisons, and we have also underlined the same, but at the same time work has started on increasing capacity in prisons, training officers, and better healthcare in prison. So the work has been started. Mr SCHENNACH, Lord DU... 02/10/2019 | 19:30:32 Thank you, Madame President. Dear colleagues, North Macedonia joined the Council of Europe in 1995, and has since 2000 been engaged in post-monitoring dialogue. We commend the delegation of North Macedonia for their contribution to our fact-finding visits and to this report, the first one since 2013. Ever since, the country has been committed to its Euro-Atlantic integration — not without obstacles, though, among them the name dispute with Greece. A breakthrough came in June last year, with the ... 01/10/2019 | 10:48:10 Madam President, dear colleagues, Let me start by thanking our rapporteur for a solid report. I fully agree that the effectiveness in the protection of whistle-blowers against any kind of retaliation, or lack of such protection, ought to be valued as a genuine democracy indicator. As in most other countries, Norway has far too many examples of whistle-blowers subjected to different forms of retaliation, with major consequences for each and every one of them. Some labour unions have even warned t...