Logo Assembly Logo Hemicycle


Speeches since 2019

31/01/2020 | 10:37:00 Thank you very much, Mr President. First of all I would like to thank Mr Frithjof SCHMIDT for his work because the report is incredibly interesting. It is an important one. It deals with something that affects us directly, especially democratic societies, the most advanced of those societies. I was listening to the colleagues who have already spoke in the debate. They were looking at the differences between traditional means of communication and digital media. I don't think that is the... 28/01/2020 | 18:06:02 Thank you very much, Mister President. The first thing that I would like to do is to thank this very detailed work by Lord George FOULKES. This time he is addressing the important subject of the work of journalists, and, as he has done already in his excellent report, I want to make an appeal on behalf of journalism. Because everything is changing, and when we talk about journalism, we are talking about very committed and determined professionals who have a quest to search for the truth and... 28/06/2019 | 12:20:51 Thank you very much. Thank you, Madam President. Colleagues, in my last speech during this part session today, I would like to take this opportunity to talk about Artificial intelligence (AI). AI is an issue that we should be dealing with during the next few years, in my view. It's an important issue. We need to look at ethics, we need to look at the way in which the data of millions of people are handled. And there is another issue which I'm very concerned about. In many of our advanced... 12/04/2019 | 12:34:36 This morning I asked to speak because I wanted to raise the topic of the 70th anniversary of this Organisation and wanted us to talk about the fact that we need to work to disseminate its values. The Council of Europe has existed for 70 years, and we now must look towards the next 70 years. It must continue for another 70 years, and continue to grow by further promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law. This is a free debate, however, and although I came along with the idea of... 12/04/2019 | 12:07:34 I thank colleagues for their contributions to the debate. I will try to give an overall answer to the points raised. Our starting point was Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights on freedom of expression. Many of us confuse freedom of information with freedom of expression; the two are often melded. At the end of the day, this is about plurality. We have drafted a number of reports on this subject; Lord George FOULKES, for instance, recently presented one. The committee will... 12/04/2019 | 11:11:37 Dear friends, it is a great pleasure to stand here before you and introduce my report, which has constituted important work over the past two years. We have had many conversations and done a lot of background work to address several issues. Other reports are pending before the Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media, but this report is crucial. Even this week, we have raised with those who stand for the post of Secretary General of this Organisation the issues of artificial... 10/04/2019 | 18:33:47 This Organisation represents 70 years of work. It is a very important Organisation, which was born after 60 million died in the Second World War. It would be very interesting if we looked at the past so as to know exactly where we are going. We have people from 47 Member States and we represent their will. The work that Mr Tiny KOX has completed is perhaps not the best path, but it is a way to get greater stability. People now use very strong arguments and do not think of reasonable arguments... 22/01/2019 | 11:35:19 The question I should like to ask is whether we really can hope to solve a problem by asking one question. To be honest, those of us who are politicians know that we cannot. Democracy is far more than answering yes or no to one question to solve a problem. Those of us who are active in politics know that life is a dynamic process and, all too often, answers are multi-level and dynamic. A referendum is, in effect, the representation of a snapshot at a given moment. However, we as politicians...