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Mr Birgir THÓRARINSSON (Iceland, EPP/CD)


In the political groups

  • Member: Group of the European People's Party since 27/06/2018
  • 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)

  • 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 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 (since 13/11/2020)
  • 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

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... 10/10/2023 | 19:08:30 On behalf of the Group of the European People's Party (the EPP) I thank the Monitoring Committee and the rapporteurs for this timely and detailed report on the honouring of obligations by France. The report is comprehensive. The time does not permit me here to cover all the points that were raised by our group members. I will, therefore, limit my remarks to those of most concern to the Group of the European People's Party. The Group of the European People's Party remains committed to the... 22/06/2023 | 18:15:46 Mister President, I would like to thank the rapporteur Mr Paul GAVAN for his excellent work under difficult circumstances. He has shown great will in monitoring the grave situation despite the obstructions he met in his work. The rapporteur has emphasised neutrality in all his work and I find that to be of great value. The ongoing blockade by Azerbaijan of the Lachin Corridor, a lifeline to the people of Nagorno-Karabakh, has put the entire population in a state of total isolation for the...