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Mr Bob van PAREREN (Netherlands, EC/DA)

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Senate - Eerste Kamer der Staten Generaal
NL - 2500 EA - The Hague

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2023 , 2022 , 2021 , 2020


In the political groups

  • Member: European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance from 15/05/2020 to 08/10/2023
  • Member: Members not belonging to a Political Group from 27/01/2020 to 14/05/2020

In the Assembly

  • from 27/01/2020 to 08/10/2023 Substitute - Netherlands

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

  • Alternate of Ms Kati PIRI (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (from 26/06/2021 to 26/09/2021)
  • Alternate of Ms Petra STIENEN (Full Member): Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons (from 25/01/2021 to 20/06/2021)
  • Alternate of Ms Reina de BRUIJN-WEZEMAN (Full Member): Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development (from 25/01/2021 to 08/10/2023)


Last speeches

25/04/2023 | 20:03:12 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Thank you chair, We heard numerous speakers, some of them with examples of the practices of the words in their countries. On this subject are high expectations. Let us take the Netherlands as an example. The Council of Europe sent a Monitoring committee to the Netherlands as a balance of the same monitoring in Poland and Hungary. The first findings are very shameful - and that for a so called organised and fair country. There are big problems... 13/10/2022 | 15:52:18 Mister Chair, We talk today, as I look at the agenda, of a Pride event in Belgrade that is stopped by the responsible authorities. The reason was a risk of security for as well participants as possible demonstrators. A wise decision, unless you want a provocation from whatever side. Whatever cultural background there is, this can happen in a city. But the special situation is now that this issue has become a debate in the Council of Europe. The Pride organisers have already complained about... 11/10/2022 | 18:21:07 Mister Chair, The title of the report leads us to confusion. There's no answer in this total report on how Islamophobia arises. The major point, prevention, is missing. I'm a father of difficult children, four children, and one of them is married to a Muslim. Myself, I'm Jewish, and my grandson is homosexual, so we look at the same issue from different points. But still, the "why" question is missing. Let us take some typical examples: A white girl passes by a Muslim boy. A Jewish man, like... 24/06/2022 | 11:06:48 Thank you, Mister Chair. It is a free debate, so I want to bring up some some points about what has happened this week. I felt very bad about this debate we had yesterday about the United Kingdom. It looked as if this country was in a way doing such bad things that I thought, is this not overreacting to the situation? There are more important things to discuss; what I really recommend to be discussed in this debate in this Hemicycle are two situations of abuses of human rights in the... 24/06/2022 | 10:17:02 Thank you, Mister Chairman. When I see the title of this debate, it looks like I am in my former professional days in a medical congress. Whilst, on the other hand, we get repetition of yesterday's issue on misinformation. It is not that I am saying it is not good because, in fact, I really promote basic vaccinations but I still have some comments and the basis is that trust is the base of acceptance. Basic vaccines are proven [to be] fine and give great results, so they should, really...


Reports and committee opinions