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25/04/2023 | 19:49:29 First of all, I would like to thank everybody who took part in the debate and also for the positive compliments which were which were made. I immediately want to share these compliments with the members of the Secretariat: Mr Pavel CHEVTCHENKO and also the staff of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy. Without them, there would not have been such a report. Thanks a lot. Also I do that sharing on behalf of you. Then I will make some specific comments. Mr Oleksii GONCHARENKO, I see... 25/04/2023 | 18:45:21 Dear colleagues, I am honoured to present to you today my report on the assessment of the partnership for democracy. This partnership was established in June 2009, following a report of our former colleague Mr Luc van den Brande. The purpose was to strengthen the existing working relations with parliaments of neighbouring countries, as well as to promote parliamentary democracy, respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and the principles of the rule of law in these countries... 25/01/2023 | 15:41:11 Dear Chairwoman, and also Mister HOWELL, I welcomed your question to held this debate. And as Group of the European People's Party we very much like to have this debate. Of course, we are holding this debate today because we are all deeply concerned about the turmoil and threats between Belgrade and Pristina, which instead of coming closer together, both sides –and you mentioned it– manage to create conflicts again and again, thereby undermine the peace and stability in the region. Dear... 12/10/2022 | 17:17:06 Thank you, President. Let me first thank our rapporteurs, Mr George PAPANDREOU and Mr Eerik-Niiles KROSS. Dear Colleagues, In 2003, I visited Budapest. A particular highlight was recommended to visit. I had to visit the House of Terror. Exhibited is the terror and repression from fascist and communist regimes against the Hungarian population. Impressive. Extensive attention was paid to a young brave freedom fighter who had deeply committed himself for freedom, for democracy, for rule of law... 21/06/2022 | 18:11:51 Thank you very much, Mr Zsolt NÉMETH. It was perfect in time. I close now the debate and we go to the consideration of the amendments. The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy has presented a draft resolution to which three amendments have been tabled and also draft recommendation to which no amendments have been tabled. I remind that speeches on amendments are limited strictly to 30 seconds. We will start with consideration of the draft resolution and then we will consider the draft... 26/04/2022 | 10:30:33 Thank you very much, Mister President, Colleagues, and also Rapporteur. I appreciate that today we can discuss this report. It's a turbulent time where a member State is affected by an aggressive attack toward citizens in the neighbourhood of the Member states of Ukraine. They live in fear. Turbulent times, and I put it mildly. Therefore it's more than ever needed that the EU and the Council of Europe co‑operate, because an intense co‑operation is in the interest not only from both... 15/03/2022 | 18:18:43 Thank you, President, dear colleagues, We are all, in the civilised world, shocked and horrified by the daily images of Ukrainian civilians, young and old, who are trying to escape the war of aggression. The images of bombed hospitals, destroyed houses and blocks, families in basement shelters, in metro stations searching for protection but also bombed, as happened today. We see Russians surrounding cities and citizens trying to survive, even when they are deprived from basic needs - from... 26/01/2022 | 16:33:47 Yes, Chairman. First of all, I would sincerely thank Mr Piero FASSINO for his report. It is detailed and it covers all the problems we are actively facing with Russia. Russia does not meet the standards as a member of the Council of Europe. Russia should be committed to democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights. The problems are listed in the report of Mr Piero FASSINO. We have concerns, big concerns: free and fair elections, the electrical framework, the crackdown on civil society... 24/01/2022 | 16:32:49 Thank you very much Mr Boriss CILEVIČS. So before I call the vote, I have to remind the Assembly that the effect of the objection of Mr Arkadiusz MULARCZYK would be to refer the list of candidates from Poland nominated for election to be judges back to the Committee on the election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights. Those who wish to support this objection should vote "YES". Those who do not want to support objection and agree to reject a list of candidates should vote "NO". A... 23/06/2021 | 11:58:56 First of all I would like to thank all the panellists. Those are moving statements. Dear colleagues, The Istanbul Convention is the most far-reaching international treaty designed for tackling violence against women. Women in and outside their homes. As a member of the Group of the European People's Party I'm absolutely proud that I am allowed to defend and to promote the 10-year-old Convention. Dear colleagues, We are all all aware of the misinformation about the Convention. Misinformation...