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In the political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe since 28/01/2020
  • Member: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe from 26/06/2017 to 27/01/2020

In the Assembly

  • since 26/06/2017 Representative - Netherlands

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • First Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (since 27/01/2020)
  • Full Member: Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 30/09/2019)
  • Chairperson of national delegation: Standing Committee (since 10/09/2019)
  • Full Member: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (since 09/10/2017)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration (since 12/04/2021)
  • Alternate of Ms Tineke STRIK (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (from 09/10/2017 to 29/09/2019)


Last speeches

28/01/2021 | 11:50:09 Thank, Mr President. On behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe Group, I would like to compliment the rapporteur Mr Boriss CILEVIČS for the excellent work he did in this report. And Mr Mr CILEVIČS makes it very clear in his conclusion of his report that "there is no need for more tools at international level to prevent and combat ethnic profiling, but the existing ones should be better known and implemented". We see that Mr CILEVIČS makes it really clear in his report why... 20/11/2020 | 16:43:23 Thank you dear colleagues. This was wonderful to listen to and there were so many new ideas and observations. I will pick two. One, Mr Ahmet YILDIZ, thank you very much for pointing out about the Turkish situation. When I was a young diplomat I did my internship in the embassy in Ankara and I actually had to write a report on the directorate general on women's affairs, in 1992. So I learned a bit of my feminism in Istanbul. Maybe this is why I'm such a big fan of the Istanbul Convention. Ms... 20/11/2020 | 16:09:05 Yes, thank you, Mr President. Good afternoon, dear colleagues. Let me start with a quote by Margareta Wahlström, the former Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs, who led the way with Swedish feminist foreign policy. I quote: "Gender equality is not a separate women's issue, it benefits everyone. Research shows that gender-equal societies enjoy better health, stronger economic growth, and higher security. It also shows that gender equality contributes to peace and that peace negotiations in... 20/11/2020 | 15:18:57 Yes, thank you, Mister President. As the leader of the Netherlands delegation, I am very pleased with the work of Mr Frank SCHWABE and Ms Ingjerd SCHOU. This is giving us a road map for the next coming months. I hope it's not longer than the next coming months. In Arabic there's a beautiful saying that says "trust in God, but tie your camel". So, I think we are working with a very good base to be secure that we can continue our important work and many speakers before me have complimented the... 29/01/2020 | 10:24:12 Dear President, Freedom of thought, conscience, and religion as enshrined in article 9 of the European Convention of Human Rights is one of the pillars of democratic pluralistic societies. At the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group, we believe that this freedom is an essential element of the identity of individuals, and can be important for believers, atheists, agnostics, or secular citizens alike. Or, in other words, this freedom is a freedom to hold religious beliefs, to...