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21/06/2022 | 18:08:41 Dear colleagues, We have had a long day I would like to express my gratitude to Mr Bogdan KLICH, the former defence minister of Poland, who played a very important role in discussing democratic security by preparing this report and I would like to express my gratitude to the Secretariat as well. Today, we had an interesting mix of a long debate that started in the morning and was interrupted by the high-level panel about the same subject. I am glad that we are having these practices and I was... 21/06/2022 | 10:04:51 Good morning, Mr President. Secretary General,  Dear colleagues,  The Russian Federation's unprovoked aggression against Ukraine has shaken the security architecture of Europe. We are coming close to the end of the Helsinki era, which started in 1975 and was fundamentally reinforced in the transition in 1988–89. There are tendencies which try to bring us back to the Yalta period – and that is what we do not want. That is against the intention of us to create, again, a security structure which... 20/06/2022 | 12:35:19 First of all, relating to Serbia, I would like to congratulate the free, democratic and successful elections of our Serbian colleagues. I would like to welcome the speaker of the Serbian Parliament among us, Mr Ivica DAČIĆ. I would like to welcome also Ms Elvira KOVÁCS, the head of the Serbian delegation. And congratulations to you, Mr Aleksander POCIEJ, for both reports. Dear colleagues, We all are now obsessed with the tragedy of the war. I think it is right to be so. 100 plus, some say... 28/04/2022 | 17:27:35 Thank you, Mr Ahmet YILDIZ. Dear Colleagues, The report that the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy is presenting to you today is a wake-up call for all Council of Europe member States. It is a wake-up call to say that we have to do more, a lot more, to realise genuine democracy in Europe and realise much more active participation of our citizens. This is not only a commitment we have towards our citizens but also our responsibility towards each other as member States. The Russian... 26/04/2022 | 11:56:26 Thank you, President. As we have seen, the Russian aggression has rewritten this Report as well. The unity of Europe is extremely important under present circumstances and I believe that the Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government, as the important idea of our rapporteur, is very timely. I would like to underline in the debate that we are talking about the integration of integration organisations – the EU and the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe is 100% then the European Union... 25/04/2022 | 17:13:50 Mister President, Dear Secretary General, Important elections are behind us. Yesterday we had two very important ones, and I would like to draw your attention to the Hungarian elections. I would like to express my gratitude to the observation. Many of you have participated in it and everybody who has to protect the integrity of elections, including the Hungarian elections. Secondly, about the war. I would like to thank Mr Ian LIDDELL-GRAINGER for his very eloquent speech. I believe that the... 27/01/2022 | 12:07:46 Mr President, colleagues, I feel a sense of urgency in addressing the topic of this current affairs debate that should, probably, result in a report in the near future. Europe has reached an extremely challenging tipping point. At different moments of their history, Council of Europe member States decided to join this common European home because they believed in a Europe without dividing lines. They cherished the same values and accepted to be bound by the same obligations. And yet tensions... 24/01/2022 | 16:06:33 Happy New Year to all of you. This is a hand-over time and I would like to express my gratitude to Mr Rick DAEMS for his work and to congratulate Mr Tiny KOX. It is a good occasion to reflect on what happened. First, COVID-19 happened. But I think our President Rick stroke a very good balance between saving lives and maintaining the work and the operation of the Parliamentary Assembly. We should not forget the conclusion of the COVID period vaccination. Secondly, thank you Rick for the... 30/09/2021 | 10:34:40 Thank you, Madam. I would like to congratulate our rapporteur and also the Secretariat for this extremely well-balanced text we have got in front of us and I would like ask to all of you to vote in favour. The United States, in the Doha Agreement more than two years ago, signalled all this. So, it was not a surprise to anyone that the departure was going to take place. The way it happened was a disaster. It was a failure. It was a disaster and failure for all of us. Now we need to investigate... 27/09/2021 | 15:47:10 First of all I would like to congratulate also Ms Kalesnikava for being nominated and given the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize of the Council of Europe. And we hope that she is going to get free along with the other 600 political prisoners of Belarus soon. Secondly, dear colleagues, I would like to draw your attention to the issue of Afghanistan. We will have an urgent debate on the subject. It is needed. We all know that the withdrawal agreement, the so-called Doha agreement, implementation...