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Mr Dimitrios KAIRIDIS

Speeches since 2019

21/06/2021 | 19:03:25 Thank you, Madam Chair. I had the honour to preside over the debate as the vice-Chairman of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights and try to fit in the very big shoes of my esteemed colleague Mr Boriss CILEVIČS who was the rapporteur. My job here is just to give you a subjective a flavour of what went on in the proceedings of the Committee. You already have got a very big flavour of that in the debate here. I have some very strong views about the matters that were hotly debated... 22/04/2021 | 12:25:27 Thank you, thank you, Mr Speaker. I will put my prepared speech aside because I prefer to respond to some of the things that my Turkish and Azeri colleagues have just said. Let me say out clear and loud that Osman Kavala is not a terrorist. That the millions of women of Turkey are not terrorists. They are seeking their rights according to the Istanbul Convention. And that the millions of Turkish citizens who voted for the second largest opposition party of Turkey are not terrorists. It is an... 22/04/2021 | 10:26:38 Good morning from Athens. Thank you very much, dear colleagues, dear friends. The case at hand is as simple as it is appalling. The fundamental question is a single and straightforward one. Should the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights, which constitutes the very core of our institution and our mission since the Council's founding in 1949, be respected and be implemented or will we allow ourselves to become irrelevant in the face of a member State that insists on ignoring the... 20/11/2020 | 12:21:55 Mr President, thank you very much. Hi from Athens. I have five points. First, I salute the fact that our Council of Europe and our Assembly in particular has continued its work, it's valuable work, in the midst of an enormous crisis. This is very important for what we discuss here in the Athens Declaration. Now we have the chance to recommit ourselves to the high ideals of our institution in the midst of an unprecedented crisis created by the pandemic. In this way we send the most powerful... 30/01/2020 | 10:31:17 Thank you, Mr Chairman. I would like to thank the rapporteur and the Commissioner for their input in the debate. Frankly speaking I don't see much of a debate with the exception of the European Conservatives Group and Democratic Alliance. We seem to be all more or less in agreement. I would like to thank especially my Spanish delegate, the previous speaker, for bringing to your attention the efforts of my home country, Greece, in dealing with the problem. We are proud in Greece for what we... 28/01/2020 | 11:45:12 Thank you, Ms Chair. Esteemed colleagues, we must have read a different report given my predecessor's comments about it. For all of us including all the members of the Greek delegation who are committed to a united, democratic, liberal Europe, Poland is more than a country, it is a cause. We are all very invested in the success of Poland, a nation that in the past embodied the tragedies but more recently the resilience and determination of all Europeans to build a better future out of the... 02/10/2019 | 17:55:27 Thank you, Mr Chairman. I am by coincidence the third Greek in a row speaking on the subject, I start feeling I'm no longer in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe but in the Greek Parliament. I'd like to congratulate my dear colleague and compatriot Marietta KARAMANLI for her excellent work in drafting the report and the resolution at hand. Mrs KARAMANLI has based her work on both an account of the existing bibliography, and the series of fact-finding missions in member states...