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Membership of political groups

  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

Assembly Member

  • since 27/01/2020 Substitute-Austria
  • from 20/06/2011 to 26/01/2020 Representative-Austria

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

  • Member: Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs
  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee)
  • Full Member: Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
  • General Rapporteur on media freedom and safety of journalists: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media
  • Member (Co-rapporteur on Azerbaijan): Sub-Committee on Conflicts between Council of Europe Member States
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Children
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Culture, Diversity and Heritage
  • Alternate of Ms Carmen JEITLER-CINCELLI (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media


Last speeches

31/01/2020 | 11:56:15 Thank you, Mr President.   Ladies and Gentlemen, This is a report, a resolution, which deals with a very key issue of human rights and, above all, of human dignity. At the same time, it is an appeal to all our member States to sign the Council of Europe Convention on Combating and Preventing Organ Transplant Tourism, which has been in force since 2018. We currently have only 9 signatures, and this Council of Europe Convention is the only instrument of international law. It is one of the largest ... 30/01/2020 | 18:39:39 Thank you very much! This progress report from the Monitoring Committee -- it is a tradition that it is presented in January -- and I think that it shows, quite impressively, the immense amount of work that our colleagues do as rapporteurs. I remember back when I was the chair of the Monitoring Committee and we had to find a rapporteur for Ukraine. We calculated how long someone had spent in Ukraine overall to prepare the report, and it totalled three months of the time of intense crisis. This s... 30/01/2020 | 17:14:47 Thank you, Mr President. Mr President, Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen, I too would like to start by expressing my sincere thanks for these excellent reports and, above all, for not being afraid to call a spade a spade. For that is the modern slavery that we are experiencing here, and not all states react to it in the same intelligent way, I have to say that this also applies to member states. For example, in forced prostitution, the passports of the victims are taken away; such victims are r... 30/01/2020 | 11:34:09 Thank you, Mr. Chairman Well, I can remember when the rapporteur for Azerbaijan sat here in the front row, and Mr Strasser, as rapporteur for political prisoners. It was scandalous that the rapporteur for Azerbaijan called on the House to vote against the report on political prisoners. It was outrageous and scandalous. I am rapporteur for the Monitoring Committee on Azerbaijan and I appeal to you to adopt this excellent report by our rapporteur today. I think this would be a very important signa... 30/01/2020 | 11:02:31 Thank you, Mr President, Thank you for the debate. Above all, however, I would like to thank the Social Committee, which unanimously adopted this resolution, and no amendment was tabled before the deadline. In this respect, I am somewhat saddened by a few dark speeches here; especially in the House of Human Rights, but I did say at the beginning of the debate: let us try and get away from the issue of parents and see only the best interests of the child. And, yes, it is like this: no child is a ...