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Mr Betian KITEV (North Macedonia, SOC)

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Social Democratic Union of Macedonia

Assembly of North Macedonia
MK - 1000 - Skopje
North Macedonia

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2020 , 2019 , 2018


In the political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group from 27/01/2020 to 24/01/2021
  • Member: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group from 22/01/2018 to 26/01/2020

In the Assembly

  • from 14/02/2019 to 24/01/2021 Representative - North Macedonia
  • from 22/01/2018 to 14/02/2019 Representative - The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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) (from 04/10/2019 to 24/01/2021)
  • Full Member: Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 22/01/2018 to 24/01/2021)
  • Chairperson of national delegation: Standing Committee (from 22/01/2018 to 24/01/2021)
  • Alternate of Mr Afrim GASHI (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 22/01/2018 to 24/01/2021)


Last speeches

02/10/2019 | 20:12:35 Madam Chair, ladies and gentlemen, First of all I would like to congratulate the rapporteurs for their detailed report. In my opinion, the report portrays the situation in a realistic and objective way and therefore, deserves praise. We consider the mechanisms and expertise of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as essential for the overall democratic development of the country. Objectively pointing out areas where improvement is needed is the best way to contribute to... 02/10/2019 | 10:56:13 Thank you, dear Colleagues. First of all, I would like to thank Lord Richard BALFE for his comprehensive report. I support the proposal to establish common standards governing the functioning of ombudsman institutions in line with the Venice Principles. In any society where an institution of this kind exists, it is a mechanism that contributes substantially to the functioning of the rule of law and is one of the key indicators of the development of the country's democratic processes. The... 01/10/2019 | 11:15:50 Thank you Madam Chair. Dear colleagues, I would like to thank the rapporteur for his excellent report. I fully agree with Mr Sylvain WASERMAN that without whistle-blowers, it will be impossible to resolve many of the challenges to our democracies, such as fighting against grand corruption and money-laundering, as well as new challenges such as threats to individual freedom through the mass abuse of personal data or activities causing serious environmental harm or threats to public health... 11/04/2019 | 16:09:03 In light of the recent high-profile scandals in several European banks, it is clear that the European Union, together with the Council of Europe, should adopt further measures against money laundering. The failure to prevent money laundering endangers the European project. The cases provide an unsettling reminder of banks’ capacity to threaten European unity through individually profitable but institutionally destructive acts of greed. Although the European Union has strengthened its anti... 10/04/2019 | 15:48:48 Congratulations to Ms Elvira KOVÁCS and Mr Goran BEUS RICHEMBERGH on these crucial and useful reports. Hate speech is an extreme form of intolerance that contributes to hate crime. If left unaddressed, it can lead to acts of violence and conflict on a wider scale. Hate speech is not free speech, because no one should speak as they please with no regard for the consequences of what they say. We very often hear about the right to freedom of speech, but mention is rarely made of the...