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30/09/2019 | 12:09:49 Thank you, Madame President. Dear colleagues, in the name of the European People's Party I would like to welcome our new Secretary General Ms Marija PEJČINOVIĆ-BURIĆ among us. Congratulations on your election. We find it a very interesting and telling coincidence that we are celebrating our 70th anniversary and the beginning of your mandate. We would like to congratulate you because we feel it is very important that the European People's Party renewed Christian democracy has a louder voice in... 27/06/2019 | 16:22:56 Thank you very much. As we all know, Bulgaria became member of the Council of Europe in 1992. The country has been subject to the monitoring procedure for 6 years, from 1994 to 2000. In 2000, the Assembly decided to close the full monitoring procedure and to open a post-monitoring dialogue with the Bulgarian authorities. Since then, two reports have been submitted by the Monitoring Committee on the progress achieved by Bulgaria: the first in 2010, the other in 2013. My German colleague, Mr... 25/06/2019 | 10:52:53 Dear colleagues, in the name of the European People's Party, I would like to draw your attention to two important recent developments. One is the change of presidencies, and the other is the change of the Secretary-General. Concerning the presidencies, I would like to congratulate the outgoing Finnish presidency from my heart. They have done a good job. I would like to welcome the new French presidency. They seem to have a very good and very dynamic programme for their priorities. Both... 08/04/2019 | 12:29:19 I would like to comment on the Ukrainian presidential elections. In the first round, Mr Zelensky’s landslide victory has come as a big surprise. I commend our delegation’s suggestion that the elections were competitive, from which we can draw a few conclusions. First, if the situation continues, it will open up a very important opportunity for the whole international community. We may expect the mutual execution of the Minsk agreement, and it might change the whole dynamic of international... 22/01/2019 | 10:57:56 Thank you, Madam President. Dear colleagues, President of the Venice Commission, I believe the report is extremely timely. The European political systems are, these days, struggling with a lack of legitimacy. That is one reason why I believe that this is a timely discussion. Secondly, I am convinced that the 2007 Code of Good Practice on Referendums is under revision by the Venice Commission, so it is timely in that regard too. I hope the Venice Commission will be able to integrate the report...