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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... 21/06/2021 | 12:47:20 Thank you, Dora. Dear colleagues, the Hungarian presidency has started, along with the European football championship. The Hungarian public has to divide its attention between the Hungarian presidency and the European Championship. As you all know, the Standing Committee and the Bureau had a kind of semi-hybrid meeting in Budapest. Our President and our Secretary General visited Budapest, plenty of events are coming up. Our priorities, the Hungarian foreign minister will introduce them in the... 21/04/2021 | 12:34:30 First of all, I would like to express my full solidarity with the democracy movement on behalf of our Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. And secondly, I would like to express my absolute solidarity with our Polish colleague, Mr Arkadiusz MULARCZYK, who asked us to condemn the anti-minority intimidation against the Polish minority in Belarus. And I would like to call on all Council of Europe institutions and instruments to follow very closely the situation of the Polish minority in... 20/04/2021 | 16:59:32 Dear colleagues, this was an excellent debate. These debates are actually have been heard since 1993 in our enlarged assembly open to delegations from OECD members. I was very glad that we had now Mexican and Canadian colleagues with us, who are obviously not members of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. This is the most inclusive expression of multilateralism that I pay tribute to. For the first time the debates of our enlarged assembly are being held on the basis of a report... 20/04/2021 | 12:55:05 ... for your participation, both Secretary General in this debate. I would like to thank you as this is probably my first appearance as the Chairman of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy to express my gratitude for your unanimous support yesterday in my election. In a few weeks the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will hold a ministerial session organised by the German Chairmanship. This is the whole target of our exercise. On this occasion the ministers are... 19/04/2021 | 17:55:18 I congratulate Ms Elvira KOVÁCS who had a very unique and important job. Congratulations to her. I would like to wish her successful continuation of her activity. I would also draw your attention to a very long tradition inside the Council of Europe in the field of the protection of national minorities going back to the early 1990s when the 1201 Recommendation was adopted, or in the early 2000s when the Report of Andreas Gross on minority autonomies was adopted, and also the so-called Kalmár... 19/04/2021 | 17:20:02 Thank you Madam. Congratulations to the rapporteur Mr Aleksander POCIEJ for the Progress Report. All of us in Europe are fighting the coronavirus. I'm very glad that our President was so insistent on coming to Strasbourg and that we could meet again after one and a half years. We are probably in the last phase of this fight against the virus – that is called the mass vaccination phase of our fight. I'm convinced that all of us are trying to focus our activities on the most effective method... 25/01/2021 | 12:57:07 Dear Mr Rik DAEMS, congratulations for your re-election as the President of the Assembly. I would like to express my gratitude to all of you, colleagues, the new vice-President, on behalf of Hungary. The incoming presidency of the Council of Europe from May this year. I would like to offer my cooperation to all of you. We had one year without the Parliamentary Assembly. For this reason, I am really glad that finally we can meet again in a hybrid manner. So greetings to you hybrid Assembly, in... 20/11/2020 | 12:24:55 Thank you, Rick, for the possibility. Dear colleagues, two colleagues have mentioned the name of Hungary. Hungary was, yes, among the countries who could not vote for the Athens Declaration. I would like to clarify the Hungarian position. We do support the whole spirit, the wording, but there was a drafting problem in the declaration. The Hungarian permanent representative suggested that we should add two words: "Istanbul Convention" and "relevant national measures" are welcome to fight... 27/01/2020 | 12:49:01 Mr President, first of all, allow me to congratulate you for your election, and to express my gratitude to your predecessor, Madame PASQUIER, who has really played a very important role in a difficult time of our life. I would like to congratulate the Georgian presidency for its activity and know that with thrill in my heart that the Hungarian presidency is coming up in the next year. The Bureau has approved, as it was said by Mr Tiny KOX, the guidelines and external relations of PACE, which...