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20/06/2023 | 17:59:28 Thank you, Madam President. Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm delighted that we are here today to discuss the political situation in Poland and how it is evolving. In recent years, the dynamism of the Polish economy has been indisputable. GDP per capita has risen considerably, averaging over $34,000. This progress is linked to Poland's accession to the European Union and to the fundamental values of our organisation, which promotes individual initiative and the rule of law. Poland joined the Council... 20/06/2023 | 16:44:41 Thank you, Madam President. Ladies and Gentlemen, Congratulations to our colleague Mr Paul GALLES for his excellent report. He has highlighted the worrying situation of Belarusian exiles. Although it is difficult to estimate their numbers, the report mentions 100 000 exiles in Poland and 49 000 in Lithuania, which are the two countries that have received the most Belarusians fleeing their country over the last three years. Most of those who found refuge in Ukraine were forced to flee again... 22/06/2022 | 11:33:34 Thank you, Madam President. Dear Colleagues, I would also like to thank our colleague Ms Petra BAYR for her excellent report, which highlights the worrying trends in antisemitism in Europe. Our societies have been shaken in recent years by various crises: the financial crisis, the migratory crisis and, more recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. The aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and its repercussions have obviously been an additional shock. In societies facing difficulties... 21/06/2022 | 10:33:30 Thank you, Mr President. Dear colleagues, The armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine has deeply shaken our continent and has partly destabilised our organisation. Separating from a member is never trivial, but crises can lead to positive developments, provided that appropriate measures are adopted. In this respect, I am convinced of the relevance of the Council of Europe as a European multilateral organisation for defending democracy, human rights and the rule of law. I am... 20/06/2022 | 16:47:47 Thank you, Madam President. My dear colleagues, First of all, I would like to thank our colleagues Mr Momodou Malcolm JALLOW and Sir Tony LLOYD for their work which reminds us of our responsibilities as politicians. Our organisation has a history: it was born in the aftermath of the Second World War, which was largely provoked by the hate speech of the Nazi leaders. We are here to prevent history from repeating itself. Political parties, by their very function and given the media interest... 27/04/2022 | 16:23:03 Thank you, Mr President. Dear colleagues, I would like to thank our colleague Mr Frank SCHWABE for his excellent and comprehensive report, and I would like to start by paying tribute to our Ukrainian colleagues and friends whose commitment to the Council of Europe is remarkable. In a particularly difficult context for their country, we owe them for this commitment. At this stage of the debate, much has already been said. I will therefore concentrate on a few points. Like many others, I am... 15/03/2022 | 10:24:10 Thank you, Mister President. Dear colleagues, First of all, I would like to express my total support for the Ukrainian people, for the victims of the war, and for our Ukrainian colleagues, who have often warned us during the sessions, but in vain: we have not listened to them. It remains for us now to be more than equal to this situation which destabilises the whole of Europe. After the suspension of the Russian Federation's rights of representation on 25 February, the Committee of Ministers... 25/01/2022 | 18:44:15 Thank you very much, Mr President. Madam Rapporteur, Ladies and gentlemen, The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to an increased need for information among most of our fellow citizens. Because they reflect but also form opinion, the media bear a heavy responsibility for our democratic societies. The errors and outbursts they transmit can have serious consequences, especially when lives are at stake. I fully agree with the conclusions of the report presented by our colleague Ms Annicka... 25/01/2022 | 09:58:24 First of all, congratulations, Mister President, on your election. My colleagues, First of all I would like to thank our rapporteurs for bringing the issue of hatred and violence against LGBTI people back to our Assembly. Indeed, this is not the first time we have had to deal with this issue. It is true that we can welcome the progress made in Europe in recent years to promote the inclusion of LGBTI people. However, we must not forget that in Europe today LGBTI people are still discriminated... 22/06/2021 | 09:42:52 Thank you, Mister President, my dear colleagues. I thank our colleague Mr Roberto RAMPI for his excellent report on this important subject for our democratic system. I want to support our rapporteur when he stresses the importance of the informed exercise of the right to vote and the right of citizens to participate in a responsible and democratic way in policy-making and decision-making processes. I also want to support his words when he emphasises the importance of the role of parliament...