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Mr Martin GRAF

Speeches since 2019

12/10/2022 | 17:20:31 Dear Mister President, Ladies and Gentlemen, Today we are dealing with the report of the Monitoring Committee on Hungary's compliance with its obligations as a member of the Council of Europe with regard to elections and electoral law, the judiciary and the rule of law, and the media and freedom of the media. Ladies and Gentlemen, Let me say at the outset that I personally find this report extremely tendentious, politically motivated and one-sidedly manipulative in places. I cannot shake off... 30/09/2021 | 09:16:44 Thank you, Madam Chairperson. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to start by thanking the rapporteur, Sir Tony LLOYD, and also the committee and, ultimately, the Plenary Assembly, for making it possible for us to discuss here in Europe today, that is, shortly after the collapse in Afghanistan, an important issue that will occupy us for many years to come. This report is an initial stocktaking – I would say so – and also sets out in tax form how work has been done in Afghanistan over the last... 25/01/2021 | 12:47:00 Dear President, Ladies and Gentlemen, First of all, I would like to thank the Rapporteur Mr Ian LIDDELL-GRAINGER for presenting this extremely informative report, which is certainly suitable for monitoring the progress of the work of the Parliamentary Assembly in the various policy areas. This report, but also the discussion on it, gives us, and therefore also me, the opportunity to point out urgent challenges of the present and the immediate future. Ladies and gentlemen, for twelve months... 11/04/2019 | 11:03:18 Many of the amendments to this report should be welcomed, but in the past couple of weeks a new change has come in to do with the composition of the political groups that may be formed in the Chamber; I am talking about article 19. There may be an attempt to bring about these changes as quickly as possible. Please do not misunderstand me: of course all parliaments are sovereign and entitled to tidy up their rules. I very much hope that that is the case here. Any such changes, of course, would...