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10/10/2023 | 16:06:41 Thank you. Let me go in the reverse order, so I start with the colleagues who work in the in the Secretariat. We are a rule-of-law organisation and I'm applying the current regulation. The regulations were decided by the Committee of Ministers, so, as long as they are in force I will do so. But you also know that the moment when we expelled Russia from this organisation, I prepared a very comprehensive document on the consequences of Russia's expulsion, and one dealt with this issue. Since... 10/10/2023 | 16:00:31 Well, push backs are clearly forbidden under the European Convention on Human Rights, so I can only call on our member states when dealing with migration and with refugees or asylum seekers to apply international standards, including the European Convention that forbids the push backs. So, what in the past we were doing was either through the action of the commissioner or through, in certain cases, also our action from the special representative for migrants and refugees. We would go there... 10/10/2023 | 15:56:17 Thank you very much, Mister Thibaut FRANÇOIS. You will have read that I reacted on the morning of 7 October, when the horrific attacks by Hamas occurred. The brutality and indiscriminate nature of the Hamas violence has led to the deaths of several hundred civilians and injured thousands, with several hundred people taken hostage. All this is unacceptable, as I made clear in my statement on 7 October. Yesterday, as you also know, all over France, including in Strasbourg and in front of the... 10/10/2023 | 15:49:49 Thank you very much. I think it is right that all your questions are somehow linked with our Reykjavík Summit. And the last question coming from you representing Iceland, as a leader of the Icelandic delegation, it is not by chance that you ask this question and that you ask about the environment. Indeed, at Reykjavík, our leaders were very clear that there should be progress and a strong commitment to harness the Council of Europe efforts on human rights and the environment. I know that... 10/10/2023 | 15:45:04 Thank you very much for this question, because the Reykjavík summit was a success. The Reykjavík declaration was very rich in giving orientation to this organisation about what is a priority for the member states to be done in next years ahead. And the agenda set is very ambitious, and you are absolutely right. And I'm very grateful to the Parliamentary Assembly that you took the resolution, almost immediately after the Reykjavík Summit, to support what is my reading and the reading of the... 10/10/2023 | 15:38:29 Thank you very much. Indeed, what we have as the latest news from Lampedusa is very worrying. I would like to remind you that, unfortunately, Lampedusa is not the only place, and Italy is not the only country facing such huge numbers of migrants and refugees who are seeking security. There are two answers to give to your question. On what is currently going on: this summer, unfortunately, pictures showing the unfortunate fate of people who in the thousands found refuge on Lampedusa. The... 19/06/2023 | 16:26:06 Thank you very much and thank you for mentioning, again, the Summit. Indeed, I think that was the showcase of how, when we have a substantial event with the largest-ever gathering of our leaders in the history of the Council of Europe, we also had the largest-ever coverage throughout with more than 1 000 articles on the Summit itself. So, it is clear that the more information we can provide and the more attractive work we can have, that there is coverage. Coming back to the issues that were... 19/06/2023 | 16:17:04 I hope that this moment will be there soon. We are really working on that very much, on the register of damage becoming operational very soon. It may take two to three months, but I hope that Ukrainians will be able to deposit their claims not only in The Hague, but we aim also for foreign office antennae, for an office of the register of damage in Kiev. Hopefully, people could choose which is the better place that they can come to and deposit their claim. Now [as to] where we are with the... 19/06/2023 | 16:10:25 First I start with the register. Thank you for everyone - indeed we did propose the register, but I think it's really many people to thank for coming up with the decision. Next week's meeting of the parties will certainly continue this work. Now how the register is linked with the Special Tribunal on the crime of aggression? The exact link is the accountability. So both are within the accountability of the Russian Federation for the war of aggression and all its consequences. So I see it as... 19/06/2023 | 16:05:23 Thank you very much for this question and, of course, it is a continuation in a way of the debate you had so far. So let me start with the generic response that the execution of the Court judgments and the final Court judgments are not a plea to the respondent state, it is the obligation under the European Convention on Human Rights. I can only say that for developments so far, the last one concerning the decision for Regional Court of Appeal at the end of this December that upheld the...