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04/10/2019 | 12:14:55 I'm grateful Madam President. And I rise today to discuss two aspects from my own constituency, but which have European, and indeed worldwide, repercussions. The first is to talk about a young person Erin CAMPBELL. Erin is a parliamentarian in the Scottish Youth Parliament. And Erin has led a social media campaign known as "#KeepInMind". The campaign was set up to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and to encourage young people to open up a conversation about it. One in four people... 04/10/2019 | 11:51:24 I'm very grateful and thank you And, first of all, can I congratulate everyone who's contributed today in this debate. And it has been a welcome input, to see that discussions are not just being centralised in one aspect of the European continent, but looking across. And, on behalf of the rapporteur, can I again thank everyone for their contributions, and I know that he will take the opportunity to look back at the records to address and influence his own opinion. I, of course, stand here to... 04/10/2019 | 11:14:08 I am very grateful for the opportunity to respond and I do so because of the questions that have been raised and the ideas that have been put forward. And I do so, obviously, on behalf of the rapporteur who has, unfortunately, not had the chance to listen to this. Firstly, I would very much welcome and draw attention into the report about the need for language training. This is something that is identified and, of course, plays a very positive role towards it. There was also mentioned made of... 04/10/2019 | 10:58:24 I'm very grateful Madam President.  It is a great pleasure to present this report on behalf of my colleague Mr STROE, who unfortunately cannot be here today So I present to you this draft resolution and report on labour migration from Eastern Europe and its impact on sociodemographic processes in these countries. The rapporteur Mr STROE was held back by his parliamentary obligations in Romania today and the draft resolution was approved in committee unanimously in June, and yesterday the... 04/10/2019 | 10:12:48 I'm very grateful President, And I welcome this report and also the hard work of the rapporteur in composing it. This began back as a report in January 2018 when my colleague Angela SMITH and others put forward a motion based on the work that the Foundation for Jewish History had done in identifying, cataloguing, mapping the various synagogues and other historic buildings across Europe. And I stand here as a representative from East Lothian in Scotland, where as a constituency we've always... 03/10/2019 | 10:45:14 Thank you, Madame Chair. And it's a great pleasure to discuss this today. Which is, perhaps, one of the most urgent things that's facing —not just Europe— but the world. And I complement the rapporteur and the staff in the preparation of the report. The Mediterranean, at its deepest point 5 267 metres deep. It averages 1 500 metres. It covers 2.5 million kilometres squared. It has a temperature that ranges from 30 to 72 degrees, and is the largest enclosed sea in the world. It has 46 000... 01/10/2019 | 10:14:00 Thank you Madam President. On behalf of the Socialist Group we very much welcome the work of the Rapporteur and the Committee with regards to whistle-blowing. Whistle-blowing, that moment in a sporting event when all the participants stop because the sound of the whistle announces an infringement. It is understood across the world, that moment. And yet, here we are discussing the protection of individuals who are trying to do the same thing within governments, organisations and indeed... 27/06/2019 | 17:28:20 Thank you, Madam President. And may I thank the rapporteur for what is a full report on what is a very complex situation. Boris, a true internationalist, Europhile, known by so many around the world and indeed by people within this hemicycle. A figurehead of the political opposition in the Russian Federation. A man described to me by people who knew him as someone who personified the values, morals and aspirations of this organisation. A man who had the potential to offer not just Russia... 27/06/2019 | 15:51:24 Thank you, Madam President. Thank you for your kindness and extending the opportunity to speak in this debate. Can I first thank all of the rapporteurs involved in these reports which are fascinating, interesting, in depth and crucial to how we move forward both as an organisation and as a continent. The Sustainable Development Goal 16.2 to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture are very high level. To see how they work we need to go all the way down to the... 26/06/2019 | 16:24:11 Thank you, Madam President. This has been, without doubt, one of the most challenging weeks that people have sat around this hemicycle. Just before I go in to the body of my speech, I would first of all like to thank everyone who I genuinely believed has come together over this week through the De SUTTER report and the debates that have happened to try and find an answer to a problem. I would like to thank the rapporteurs for their work and the civil servants that sit behind it. I do that...