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18/04/2024 | 11:30:51 Dear Madam Chairwoman Ladies and gentlemen, Esteemed colleagues, I would like to start by thanking the rapporteurs for these two important reports. It is clear that the climate crisis is progressing inexorably and its effects are becoming ever more tangible. Recent events, from devastating heatwaves to extreme weather phenomena, leave no doubt that we need to take urgent action now. The effects are particularly difficult for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and children, but also for... 11/10/2023 | 16:31:14 Thank you very much. Dear Mister President, Ladies and gentlemen, In the early hours of 7 October, militias of Islamic Jihad and Hamas from Gaza carried out a terrible massacre. Not only did numerous civilians, women, children, and the elderly die, but also, we heard it before, numerous civilians were taken hostage. We have seen horrific images, including of young women. Hamas representatives admitted that the attack was prepared in close consultation with the Iranian leadership and thus... 22/06/2023 | 17:01:46 Thank you very much, Madam Chair, Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank the rapporteurs very much, because times are very difficult, and we have to continue to deal with all these difficult issues. We have to deal with them, because time is necessary, that we have to look for alternatives, for solutions, how we should also deal with authoritarian statesmen. Therefore, the Russian war of aggression is not only an attack on Ukraine. This war is an attack on all of us, on our values, on... 21/06/2023 | 17:46:56 Thank you very much, Madam President, Ladies and Gentlemen, First of all, I would like to thank the rapporteurs for these valuable reports. I believe that the previous speaker has just pointed out where the difficulties are in migration and why it is important that we should invest in migration and in refugees. But also in sans-papiers so that precisely these critical points can no longer be said; so that they no longer exist, because there is also a great potential that we in Europe do not... 26/04/2023 | 18:03:06 Thank you very much, Mister Chairman, Esteemed colleagues, I, too, would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to all the family members, friends, and acquaintances who have lost their family members, friends, and acquaintances in Türkiye and Syria. It has been a gravely difficult time for all these people, this time is still very difficult. There was the celebration, Bayram in Türkiye, and yet it was not a real celebration for the relatives. Therefore, it has also been important that we... 27/01/2023 | 11:18:56 Thank you very much, Mr President,Ladies and gentlemen,I would like to thank the rapporteur for this report, also for going over the various options we have in relation to OCEAN. And we know that one of the challenges of the Council of Europe is the dissemination of our work from here to the respective member states. Of course, globalisation has also shown that there are a number of challenges we need to meet. And in this context, of course, the role of universities and research institutions... 25/01/2023 | 18:57:02 Thank you very much, Mister Chairman, I would also like to express my sincere thanks to the rapporteurs for this tireless work and for this good report. The Istanbul Convention on the Protection and Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence is the best international legal framework for protecting women from gender-based violence and preventing domestic violence. We have heard that over and over again now as well. Even though we see progress, violence and tragic murders of... 25/01/2023 | 11:03:50 Thank you very much, Mister President, Ladies and Gentlemen, I, too, would like to thank the rapporteur, Mr John HOWELL, very much for this report. Armed conflicts and wars destroy human lives and damage our environment. In peacetime there are also companies that support factories and industrial plants in preventing air, water, and soil from being polluted. In wartime, on the other hand, these destroyed industrial plants cannot be visited at all, because it is not possible to examine the... 13/10/2022 | 16:07:21 Thank you very much indeed, Mr President. Distinguished colleagues, The Europride event is held in a different country each year. This year it was planned for Belgrade. However, attempts were made to put pressure on the authorities and the President to prevent the event going ahead. Why was that the case? Well, that was because conservative and religious forces prevailed with untenable arguments, such as national security. Whereas in actual fact, there have been very good experiences and... 22/06/2022 | 15:54:14 Thank you, Mister Chair. Dear Colleagues, First of all, I would like to congratulate Ms Mariia MEZENTSEVA for this important and timely report. According to the UNHCR, 100 million people have now been forced to flee their homes globally. Most of them arrive from countries such as Afghanistan, Syria, and Bangladesh, which are facing multiple crises, with no tangible solutions in sight. Almost half of the refugees are children. Our governments have all ratified the UN Convention on the Rights...