Logo Assembly Logo Hemicycle


Speeches since 2019

27/04/2023 | 19:04:41 I will actually continue the line of thought from my colleague from the Ukrainian delegation. First of all I would like us to all thank our rapporteur, who has presented us with the opportunity to discuss a very timely topic. We live in a world where everything is interlinked and intertwined. Trade and economic well-being are linked to, impacted by, but also impacting the lives of people, their rights, and their living conditions. However today, all too often, economic gains are prioritised... 27/04/2023 | 16:21:03 Thank you Chair. Dear colleagues, and today I am very very grateful to our rapporteurs who have put together a fundamental report which condemns in the strictest but also in the fairest terms the grave crime, another grave crime, that Russia is committing against the peaceful people of Ukraine and against the most vulnerable of those people. This time last year, speaking at the UN Security Council, Amal Clooney called Ukraine a slaughterhouse. Ukraine became a slaughterhouse at the courtesy... 25/01/2023 | 17:05:50 Thank you, Mister President. "Doesn't your husband beat you? Stop sulking. Wipe away your tears. And this is just like home." "Doesn't your husband beat you?" This is a question that paramedic Yulia Paievska, better known as Taira, was asked by her female medical care when she was brought in after yet another round of violent interrogations in a Russian prisoner of war detention centre. "I mean, doesn't your husband beat you?" So light-heartedly asked in such an earnest surprise. As if it... 25/01/2023 | 10:57:03 And a very big thank you to our rapporteur. When Mr John HOWELL took up this topic for report back in 2020, John, you really stood up for the environment, which truly is a silent victim of war. The report covers a wide spectrum of environmental damage that was caused: air pollution, water pollution, nuclear insecurity, contamination of landmines, biodiversity depletion. It's all in there. In Ukraine alone, the damage to the environment resulting from Russia's war is estimated at 46 billion... 24/01/2023 | 18:22:33 Thank you Madam Chair, I join in the congratulations of our colleague and my dear friend, Ms Fiona O'LOUGHLIN, on this excellent report. Thank you Fiona, for highlighting again the critical role our organisation plays in countering, if not preventing, aggression and all the evils that stem from it. The summit is a unique opportunity to revise the Council of Europe's activities and set out an ambitious vision for the future of this institution - a vision which heads of state and government... 24/01/2023 | 11:16:10 Thank you. President, Colleagues, I first of all would like to say thank you to Ms Khatia DEKANOIDZE also for raising the points and making such conclusions. With that, also to say thank you to Ms Petra BAYR. She has done an excellent job at highlighting the problems that come from wars and especially from such crimes as rape. This discussion has done nothing else but raise awareness about the consequences and long-lasting damage that is caused to the survivors of rape. As the report clearly... 23/06/2022 | 17:05:57 Thank you, Madam President. Dear colleagues, I will start with a quote: "The famine will start now and they will lift the sanctions and be friends with us because they will realise that it's impossible not to be friends with us." These are the words of Margarita Simonyan, the chief editor of Russia's main state-controlled propaganda channel, during the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum just earlier this week. Everything you need to know about Russia and its plans regarding the global food... 23/06/2022 | 12:01:11 Thank you, Chairman, and a very big thank you to Mr Titus CORLĂŢEAN for your very diligent work on this report. Acknowledging in the presence of the family members of some of the deceased today with us in the hemicycle, I just want to say I'm really truly sorry for your loss, and I'm really truly sorry that eight years in, you still do not have closure and justice. This 17th of July we will mark 8 years since the MH17 tragedy. I remember very well being in Kyiv on that day and reading the... 22/06/2022 | 17:36:35 Thank you, Chair. Dear colleagues, I begin by thanking the five rapporteurs and I would especially like to highlight the efforts of my colleagues from the Ukrainian delegation. I am so proud to see today in the rapporteur seats Ms Yevheniia KRAVCHUK and Ms Mariia MEZENTSEVA. They have produced a remarkable result and work through the reports despite extensive participation in humanitarian efforts and war efforts in Ukraine. They are just one example of how Ukrainians have learned to live with... 26/04/2022 | 11:30:54 Thank you, President. Dear Colleagues, Indeed this is an important report we are regarding today as the Council of Europe and the European Union are both very crucial mechanisms to promote basic European values, principles and aspirations. Both of these institutions were designed after the Second World War to promote dialogue and co‑operation, peace, and development and prevent further wars. Both of these institutions, however, failed, as we are all able to observe during the last eight years...