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11/10/2023 | 20:02:52 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2) Dear members of the Assembly Dear colleagues, We are gathered here today to discuss one of the most sensitive topics affecting peace and stability in the Middle East. The attack by the terrorist organization, Hamas, on the State of Israel has caused great human losses and severe tensions. As a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, I wish to express my full solidarity with the State of Israel and its people in these... 10/10/2023 | 18:17:58 Honourable Chair, dear colleagues, The topic that we are discussing today is as timely, as necessary as ever while our continent is facing one of the most unprecedented wars of aggression by the Russian Federation of Ukraine, or also lately the Hamas attack in Israel. It is true that we live in a volatile environment where the far-right ideology has become business as usual in different countries, and is driving certain parts of our societies towards isolation, while we witness politicians... 25/01/2023 | 20:08:19 Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2 I was wondering today that was the right moment to discuss about a decision that this respectful assembly has to take: to say yes to the request of Kosovo to be part of council of Europe , yes to 2 million of citizens to move forward our common value that we fight for . Unfortunately, attention to Kosovo returned precisely when, not far away, in Ukraine, another conflict related to Russian aggression is taking place. Kosovo and the Balkans in... 11/10/2022 | 11:36:16 Dear Chair, First let me congratulate Mr George PAPANDREOU for the outstanding report. I want to emphasise that it was in the distant year 1990 when the EU launched, for the first time, the new approach for the Western Balkans. It was that kind of decision that not only raised hope but at the same time served as an important catalyst for our countries to work for their economic development, leaving behind the wounds of the war that had taken place in the Balkans. We oriented towards the... 21/06/2022 | 19:51:21 (Undelivered speech, Rules of Procedure Art. 31.2)   Distinguished Chair, Distinguished colleagues, This session takes place a time when security foundations not only in Europe, but more broadly have been shaken by Russian aggression towards a sovereign state like Ukraine. For many what is happening in Ukraine, may seem something distant. Indeed, the murder of innocent civilians, children, rape of women are scenes that are happening in our continent reminding us once again that peace should... 15/03/2022 | 19:53:35 Dear colleagues, It's my first mandate in the Council of Europe and I never thought that I had to address a speech in such a crucial moment for democracy, for the real life. A five years old boy, a 10 years old girl. A mother of three. A father who left the house by thinking of his family at all the time. They all lost their lives in a powerful bombardment which symbolises the terrible war of Putin against Ukraine. The only member of this family to survive was Sophia, who had to fight with...