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Mr Birgir THÓRARINSSON (Iceland, EPP/CD)


In the political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Group of the European People's Party since 22/01/2024
  • Member: Group of the European People's Party from 27/06/2018 to 21/01/2024
  • Member: Members not belonging to a Political Group from 22/01/2018 to 26/06/2018

In the Assembly

  • since 24/01/2022 Representative - Iceland
  • from 22/01/2018 to 23/01/2022 Substitute - Iceland

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

  • Second Vice-Chairperson: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 23/01/2024)
  • Full Member: Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (since 24/01/2022)
  • Full Member: Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (since 24/01/2022)
  • Member: Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) (since 26/06/2020)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Media and Information Society (since 23/01/2024)
  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on Migrant Smuggling and Trafficking in Human Beings (since 21/09/2023)
  • Member (Co-rapporteur on Ukraine): Sub-Committee on Conflicts concerning Council of Europe Member States (from 13/11/2020 to 26/01/2024)
  • Alternate of Mr Bergþór ÓLASON (Full Member): Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (from 22/01/2018 to 23/01/2022)
  • Alternate of Mr Bergþór ÓLASON (Full Member): Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media (from 22/01/2018 to 23/01/2022)


Last speeches

25/01/2024 | 19:50:06 Mr President, Dear colleagues, With the joint debate that we held today, our Assembly is closing a new very important chapter of our work: to safeguard media freedom. The report on SLAPPs by Mr Stefan SCHENNACH points to measures that are needed to uphold journalists, media and civil society organisations in their role of watchdogs and their contribution to inform public participation. Mr Mogens JENSEN's report on guaranteeing media freedom and the safety of journalists is a snapshot of the... 25/01/2024 | 10:29:24 Mister President, We parliamentarians have hopes and dreams for our children, and so do Ukrainians. Russia has stolen the hopes and dreams of thousands of Ukrainian children, boys, and girls, and some of them just babies. They have taken them from their families, taken them from their homes, and stolen their identities. From the start of the invasion, the Russian authorities steadfastly removed children from Ukraine, aiming to turn them against their homeland. Kidnapping children is a... 13/10/2023 | 12:54:40 Thank you, Mister President. Afghans have suffered more than 40 years of conflict, natural disasters, chronic poverty, food insecurity, and most recently the Taliban takeover, which has caused even more human suffering, displacement, and human rights violations against women and girls. I call on the Assembly, I call on all member states not to forget about the Afghan refugees. I hope that the recommendation demonstrated in this report will help member states, help Afghans in need. I strongly... 13/10/2023 | 12:25:56 Madam President, In September 2021, the Parliamentary Assembly called on member states to help neighbouring countries and in a resolution adopted support Afghans fleeing Afghanistan. Two years later, we are seeing a human rights and humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale: severe drought, conflict, Taliban takeover, attacks on women and girls, and earthquakes. Despite all this, Afghanistan has turned into a forgotten crisis. European solidarity has clearly been poor and the number of... 12/10/2023 | 18:15:52 Madam President, Nearly the entire ethnic Armenian population in Nagorno-Karabakh have been forced to flee their homes, and find refuge in Armenia. The UN mission, lacking neutrality with Türkiye, Russia and Pakistan onboard, came too late. People are confused and don't know what will happen to their homes. Many are traumatised children and elderly. Azerbaijan has failed to ensure the safe and dignified exodus of the people. The right to have a safe return of the people of Nagorno-Karabakh...