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13/10/2023 | 11:41:24 Thank you, Madam President, for the floor. First, I want to congratulate the rapporteurs for this work and for the draft resolutions and recommendations presented. Let me propose to look for a different perspective: how local authorities can also promote healthy lifestyles and prevent addictive behaviours in children through education, awareness, and community action. To illustrate the role of local and regional authorities in prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, which are... 23/06/2023 | 12:27:30 Thank you, Madam speaker, Dear colleagues, This report is critical as the digital divide and the inequalities it creates currently affects millions of people around Europe. Addressing the gap between those who have access to, and use information and communication technologies, and those who do not, is key to securing a fairer and more equitable society. Concrete actions can and should be taken, such as: a) Expanding infrastructure to cover all areas and improving connectivity speed to enable... 20/06/2023 | 19:03:21 Thank you, Mister President. Fisrt of all, I want to congratulate our rapporteur, Ms Selin SAYEK BÖKE, for this report and for the draft resolution presented. The Covid-19 pandemic was a wake-up call to the entire world about the importance of co-ordination and co-operation, prevention, readiness, and global response in public health. Nevertheless, by the end of 2022, Covid-19 vaccines delivered by the global vaccine access initiative, COVAX, helped avert 2.7 million deaths across 92 lower... 27/04/2023 | 19:21:01 Thank you, Madam Chair. First, I want to congratulate our rapporteur for presenting us this report. It is very important that the Parliamentary Assembly consider the multilateral rules-based system supported by the World Trade Organization as the fairest, most inclusive and most balanced mechanism on a global scale. We must not forget history. The WTO's creation on 1 January 1995 marked the biggest reform of international trade since the end of the Second World War. Over the past 20 years... 25/04/2023 | 18:00:03 Thank you, Madam Chair, for the floor, Portugal explicitly set out in the constitution that international law or international human rights law of which the convention is part are above domestic law. In Article 16, about scope and meaning of fundamental rights, the Portuguese constitution says: “The fundamental rights in the Constitution do not exclude any others contained in the applicable laws and rules of international law”. And after that: “Constitutional and legal precepts relating to... 25/01/2023 | 17:23:27 Thank you, Mister Chairman, for the floor, First, I want to congratulate our rapporteur for the herculean work with this report. I would like to focus on Ms Zita GURMAI's report. The Istanbul Convention is a human rights treaty. Accordingly, violence against women is understood as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women. Every woman has the right to live a life free from violence. Portugal was the first EU country to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on... 12/10/2022 | 11:19:00 Thank you very much, Mister President First of all, I would like to congratulate the two rapporteurs for the excellent analysis and reflections written in this report, about “The honouring of obligations and commitments by Türkiye”. We believe that all monitoring procedure was developed in a spirit of dialogue and co-operation with the Turkish authorities. On the other hand, we also would like to thank the work of the experts who cooperated in the preparation of this report, in particular the... 23/06/2022 | 19:39:24 Thank you, Madam President. Dear colleagues,  This report covers a sensitive issue. The concentration of the internet business in the hands of a few private corporations gives them huge economic and technological power. As well as the possibility to influence almost every aspect of people's life and social life.  Afterwards, the use of artificial intelligence and automatic filters for content moderation is neither reliable nor effective. It is very important that the Assembly could bring the... 22/06/2022 | 17:25:51 Thank you, Mister President. Dear colleagues, This joint debate leads us to think and to be proactive facing the consequences of the migration concerned with the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. The President of the Portuguese Parliament declared a few days ago, on World Refugee Day, that refugees are all those who have to leave their land because there lives are at risk there, because of war, violence, persecution, or extreme deprivation. We have an obligation to protect... 15/03/2022 | 19:17:25 "What's the point of the war? Why can't people live together peacefully? Why all this destruction?" This sentence was written on 3rd May 1944 by Anne Frank. It should not be possible for the people of Europe to go again through the horror of war, death, and destruction. It should not be possible for the people of Europe to go again through the despair of separated families, lost futures, and irreconcilable interests. All of us here call for a stop to the conflict and ask for diplomacy and...