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26/01/2024 | 12:21:41 Thank you very much, Madam Chairwoman, Also from my side as former Chairman of the Monitoring Committee; my compliments to Mr Piero FASSINO, who has done an excellent job in these two years. This progress report is actually always the big summary of the various rapporteurs we have. There has been a very important change since 2015 in that there are not only those who are never looked at and those who are obliged to be looked at, but that every member state is subject to periodic monitoring. I... 26/01/2024 | 11:26:40 Thank you very much, Mister President. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the rapporteur for this contribution and for this resolution, because I have worked in many institutions throughout my life and have repeatedly had to deal with such cases from history. Children were not only virtually disposed of in state institutions, but also handed over to agriculture and the Church as auxiliary workers. It is important, and we have tried to do this after painful years of coming to terms... 25/01/2024 | 19:42:47 Thank you very much Mister President, First I want to thank everyone who was participating in this debate. Mostly it is right that the freedom of press, the freedom of opinion, open speech is in danger. For Ms Yevheniia KRAVCHUK and Ms Anne STAMBACH-TERRENOIR, I have an example. You all know who Mr Yevgeny Prigozhin was. He was one of the big movers of SLAPPs, because when you wrote that he was the boss of the soldiers, then in the UK he moved to the court, and then you paid for it because... 25/01/2024 | 17:57:45 Dear Colleagues, The joint debate we are now starting concerns two complementary reports, which deal with serious threats to media freedom in Europe. My colleague, Mr Mogens JENSEN has captured the essence of his report by pointing to the positive obligation which member states have to safeguard media freedom and the safety of journalists. In my report, I am insisting on the dangers that Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, commonly referred to as SLAPPs, represent for the... 24/01/2024 | 19:29:08 Thank you very much. Congratulations, dear Rapporteur, on this report. In my life, I have worked closely with prisons and prison inmates for over 35 years, as a probation officer and also as part of the Council of Europe. I have visited almost countless prisons, including every time I have observed an election as I did recently in Serbia. This means that we have a very important question here, and our rapporteur raises it; it is about human rights, it is about human dignity, it is about... 22/01/2024 | 15:38:36 We were in Serbia for a pre-electoral mission and observation of the early elections. In total, we were 23 members from 12 different member states and the Venice Commission was with us. Already during the pre-election mission, we noticed a few things that we reported with great concern; for example, the negative campaigning or, for example, the serious attacks against the opposition and journalists. On 17 December, we were then a joint international monitoring team, OSCE/ODIHR, European... 09/10/2023 | 15:40:56 Thank you very much, Mister President. This progress report takes place, and maybe we should say the positive things first, after there was a committee of justice ministers in this period. A few days ago there was the conference in Riga on freedom of expression and the safety of journalists as part of the Latvian Presidency.  It set a new initiative, but unfortunately, Julian Assange is still not free although the Assembly had unanimously pleaded for it and that was more than two years ago... 23/06/2023 | 11:32:30 Thank you very much, Madam President, On behalf of the Social Democratic and Green Group, I would like to pay a very big compliment to the rapporteur on this report, because it puts the finger on a very topical and very important issue: the digital divide - between urban and rural, between the older generation and the younger generation, between companies and private households of different levels of education, to people with special needs to others - grows and grows and grows, and... 22/06/2023 | 18:12:07 Thank you very much, Mister President, It is always very regrettable when small problems develop in the slipstream in the shadow of major conflicts, such as the war in Ukraine. The whole region of Nagorno-Karabakh is a situation that has been simmering for decades. Not only Nagorno-Karabakh, but also the other seven illegally occupied territories, which are now back in Azerbaijan. All the more Azerbaijan should actually be generous here, because, after all, this agreement, this peace... 28/04/2023 | 11:31:51 Thank you, Mister President. First of all, I have to say I was really deeply impressed by this report that Ms Fiona O'LOUGHLIN has presented here. It is to the point, but it also shows two sides. One, it increases the opportunity for young people to participate politically, but it also increases the risk of manipulation. On the one hand, if we look at countries like Iran, for example, we only get the information through the social web. On the other hand, we have member States where the...