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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)

  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (since 24/01/2022)
  • First Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination (from 27/01/2020 to 23/01/2022)
  • 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 (from 12/04/2021 to 23/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Ms Tineke STRIK (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (from 09/10/2017 to 29/09/2019)


Last speeches

23/06/2022 | 12:05:55 Mister President, What a morning! So many words have been said. My heart goes out to the next of kin in the gallery and to everybody at home who is missing a loved one. I will start with a story about a loved one who was very dear to many people in my party. Since 2015, the Pim de Kuijer lecture offers an annual stage for a politician, journalists, activists or artists, who shows that you can put big words such as human rights and democratisation into practice at a young age. The lecture is... 23/06/2022 | 10:25:31 Thank you, Mister George LOUCAIDES and Mister Bernard FOURNIER, for authoring this report. On behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group, I would like to especially join the position of this report in emphasising the burden Malta is facing. One of the Mediterranean frontline states with regard to migrants and asylum seekers and the urgent necessity to intervene. We should all work together and at home to gather the European solidarity that Malta needs in order to... 22/06/2022 | 16:20:02 Dank u wel, mijnheer de president. (Dutch - thank you, Mister President.) Thank you, Mister President. All three rapporteurs are asking very urgent questions. How do we deal with the present war situation on our continent? What is needed to deal with the short and long-term humanitarian consequences of internal and external migration in connection with the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine? And how can we protect separate migrant and refugee children as well in the short... 26/04/2022 | 18:07:34 On behalf of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), I would like to compliment Ms Selin SAYEK BÖKE with this important report. When we are born, we all seem to be equal. We were all once crying babies longing to be comforted by our parents. In theory, I think we would all agree that we all should be equal before the law as well. In reality, some babies are winners of the birth lottery and some will never win that lottery because the winners of that lottery are born in an... 15/03/2022 | 17:33:49 Mr President, Madam Rapporteur, dear colleagues. On 22 February 2022, I had dinner in the Hague with our Ukrainian colleagues Ms Yevheniia KRAVCHUK and Penelope Denu, Head of Secretariat PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination at Council of Europe. It seemed like a moment of normality, but Ms Yevheniia KRAVCHUK was on the phone all the time with her family. She was in the Netherlands for a fact-finding mission for her report "Justice and Security for Women in Peace Reconciliation...