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23/06/2021 | 16:33:25 Thank you, Madam President. Dear colleagues, Let me start by congratulating Ms Eglantina GJERMENI for this excellent report on enhancing participation of women for under-represented groups in political and public decision-making. I had the honour to participate in her virtual fact-finding visit to Finland last year and I was impressed by the program and the discussions. The group of women discussed in this report face a double hurdle to participation. Not only do they belong to a minority or... 21/06/2021 | 19:58:29 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Madam President, dear colleagues, “If you are very strong, you must also be very kind”. These words by Pippi Longstocking should serve as a reminder to us all. They mean that if you have power, you must also listen to those who have not. Political leaders might not always want to hear the opposition. Without rules opposing voices are easily muffled. For this reason, the freedom to speak and the right to voice your opinion as a member of... 22/04/2021 | 12:06:12 Thank you, Mister President, Dear Colleagues, I welcome the decision to hold a debate under urgent procedure on the situation in Turkey. Exactly ten years ago Turkey became the first member State to sign the Convention to eliminate all forms of violence against women in Istanbul. One year later its parliament unanimously ratified what is known as the Istanbul Convention. These decisions were taken by the same people and the same party still in power today. Sadly, much has changed in Turkey... 27/01/2021 | 18:06:35 Mr President, dear colleagues, I would like to thank the rapporteur for this important and timely report. NGO's are the cornerstone of a democratic society. Their role as generators and participants of the public debate is of vital importance. Exposing injustices and expressing the will of citizens through NGO activity is a major precondition for liberal democracies. As platforms of influence the NGO’s bring people together and contribute extensively to the inclusive democratic system. In... 31/01/2020 | 10:51:06 Dear Chairperson, Dear colleagues, I want to thank Mr Frithjof SCHMIDT for a timely and important report. When the internet was commercialised in the early 90s, it offered huge advantages. Twenty years later different social media platforms and communication services gave us an opportunity for active interaction. Internet has made the world more accessible. Moreover, it has eased access to knowledge and information. However, not all of it represents the truth. This is a double-edged sword... 30/01/2020 | 19:57:59 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Mister Chairperson, dear colleagues, I would like to start by congratulating Mr. Coaker for his important work on one of the most disturbing subjects concerning mostly refugees and migrants. Human trafficking and smuggling are complex and multidimensional problems that require transnational prevention methods. Unfortunately, also Finland is a destination and transit country for human traffickers. We have had several cases since 2004 when... 02/10/2019 | 16:50:28 Thank you Mr Chair. Dear colleagues, I would like to start by thanking the rapporteur Ms Nicole TRISSE for her excellent report. It gives us a comprehensive overview of the Council of Europe Development Bank’s activities and prospects for its future work. I very much welcome the suggestion to link the future strategy of the CEB to the UN´s Sustainable Development Goals, as they reflect our many common challenges ahead and call for action to tackle them. In the presence of CEB’s Director Mr... 02/10/2019 | 11:18:21 Thank you, Mr Chair. As Finland’s ombudsman institution will celebrate its 100-year anniversary next year, I welcome this report by our British colleague. As a result of the recent adoption of the Venice Principles, this is a good time for us to reflect on the need for a set of common standards for the ombudsmen institutions in our countries. The ombudsman institution exists in many of our countries but differs in terms of mandate and scope. Many have parliamentary ombudsmen, whereas others... 27/06/2019 | 11:47:20 Madam President, dear colleagues, Let me start by congratulating the two rapporteurs for their important and timely reports. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted 30 years ago. The Convention promises to take care of the child's right to life and security, regardless of the child’s parents' backgrounds. During these decades, the convention has brought a positive impact to the lives of many children and young people around the world. Despite the positive development, we...