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BE - 1009 - Brussels

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2020 , 2019


Membership of political groups

  • Vice-Chairperson: Socialists, Democrats and Greens Group

Assembly Member

  • since 30/09/2019 Substitute-Belgium

MP's role(s) in Committee(s) and Sub-Committee(s)

  • Full Member: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination
  • General Rapporteur on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people: Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination
  • Alternate of Ms Darya SAFAI (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons
  • Alternate of Ms Els van HOOF (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Disability, Multiple and Intersectional Discrimination
  • Alternate of Ms Darya SAFAI (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Diasporas and Integration


Last speeches

28/01/2020 | 11:21:19   Thank you, Madam Chair,  Members of the Assembly, First of all, I wanted to thank the co-rapporteurs for the work they have been doing. As members of the Assembly, it's important that our governments defend democracy, the rule of law and human rights. And as the resolution already emphasises, we have seen an increase of intolerance and intolerant behaviour towards minorities. Especially towards members of the LGBT community. The intolerance has grown to such an extent that it has resulted in L... 03/10/2019 | 18:32:22 Dear Madam Chair, dear Madam Rapporteur. Thank you for your effort to research and write on such an important topic. I was happy to read your report and hope that it will start some very concrete steps and measurements. I would like to bring up point three of the draft resolution, which talks about a proactive approach by the Council of Europe to the protection of victims of natural and man-made disasters and to improve disaster preparedness mechanisms, both in Europe and in other regions. It's ... 03/10/2019 | 16:11:11 Madam Chair, dear colleagues. I would like to state that, what should have been a democratic high day in Russia, became a breach of trust in our democracy. Approximately 5,000 elections on the local and regional level were held in Russia in September, and, as well, we all know that the local election of Moscow was one that was closely monitored. I say this because elections have been in breach of trust and democracy, because around 2,500 people were arrested while protesting against the current ... 02/10/2019 | 17:12:31 Dear Madam Rapporteur, First of all, I would like to thank you and European Development Bank for the work that has been done. I was very pleased to read what our European Development Bank is doing and I want to congratulate the Bank for the positive impact it has had on social affairs, especially for people on the move and displaced people. As a member of the Socialist and Green Group, I was also very pleased to read their emphasis on the green investment for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Deve...