29/01/2020 | 10:27:19 On behalf of the European Conservatives Group, I would like to say that we support this report and we believe in the concept of reasonable accommodation. In reply to the Socialist spokesman, reasonable accommodation does not mean that you take away the rights of other people. Let me just give you one example in a hospital, for instance. If you wish to require or have an abortion in a hospital, under the law of most countries in the world, you are entitled to receive that service. What we... 28/01/2020 | 11:41:47 Respect for democracy and the rule of law are of course fundamental to the Council of Europe. I believe that this report actually undermines the Council's ideals. I believe it fails to protect the pluralism that makes our continent so rich in its diversity. In both tone and content it seeks to replace pluralism by enforcing conformism with social liberal ideas. Now with the limited time I want to highlight just one example from this report. Paragraph 22 notes the results of the election for... 01/10/2019 | 10:56:53 Madame President. Of course, we all agree and applaud paragraph 3 of this report, which tells us that disclosing serious failings in the public interest must not remain the preserve of those citizens who are prepared to sacrifice their personal lives and those of their relatives, as too often happened in the past. And indeed, there are still instances in Europe and in this family of nations, where whistle-blowers who expose corruption and wrong dealing in the highest places are protected, but... 26/06/2019 | 18:30:48 The British Conservatives have warm feelings towards Malta. Many British people visit Malta. Malta is a member of the Commonwealth. Malta played a crucial role in the Second World War, and we hesitate to criticise Malta in any respect, where we have many friends. So this is a difficult report for us, but we must speak out where journalists are openly murdered and nothing happens. In the early second century AD, the Roman poet, Juvenal, asks a question:"quiz custodiet ipsos custodes?" - "who... 25/06/2019 | 11:41:39 We all agree that the Council of Europe has a budget crisis but it should not solve this budget crisis by compromising its principles, by letting in a state which does not abide by its core principles. The Council of Europe should return to the principles on which it was founded 70 years ago and should concentrate on fighting the evils of fascism and communism and totalitarianism and violence and the denial of human rights. The truth is, Madam President, there are huge opportunities for...
13/03/2020 | Doc. 15093 | Report Modification of the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure – follow-up to Resolution 2319 (2020) on the Complementary joint procedure between the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations 29/09/2015 | Doc. 13886 | Committee Opinion Freedom of religion and living together in a democratic society
03/02/2020 | Doc. 15066 | Motion for a resolution Widespread recurring violence against security, fire and medical services on New Year’s Eve: how to restore trust and the rule of law 31/01/2020 | Doc. 15065 | Written declaration Call for opinion on the Venice Commission regarding the situation of dismissed public servants in Turkey 28/01/2020 | Doc. 15046 | Motion for a resolution Follow-up to the humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine 27/06/2019 | Doc. 14931 | Motion for a resolution Initiating Assembly contacts with the Somaliland Parliament, with a view to its possible eventual Partnership for Democracy with the Assembly 27/06/2019 | Doc. 14929 | Motion for a resolution Ensuring accountability for the downing of flight MH 17
29/01/2020 | Doc. 15015, vote on the draft text for resolution The protection of freedom of religion or belief in the workplace 29/01/2020 | Doc. 15015, vote on the draft text for recommendation The protection of freedom of religion or belief in the workplace 28/01/2020 | Doc. 15025, vote on the draft text for resolution The functioning of democratic institutions in Poland 01/10/2019 | Doc. 14958, vote on the draft text for resolution Improving the protection of whistle-blowers all over Europe 01/10/2019 | Doc. 14958, vote on the draft text for recommendation Improving the protection of whistle-blowers all over Europe