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President welcomes Hungarian authorities’ commitment to pursuing co-operation

At the end of his official visit to Hungary (2-4 December), Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), paid tribute to the co-operation between Hungary and the Council of Europe.

“This visit was an opportunity to take stock of the situation in Hungary following the adoption by the Parliamentary Assembly of Resolution 1941 last June. I welcome the Hungarian authorities’ commitment to pursuing their constructive co-operation with the Council of Europe. Hungary is a major country in Europe, and in 1990 was the first of the central and east European countries to join the Council of Europe,” said the President.

During his visit, Jean-Claude Mignon gave a speech at the European Youth Centre to a group of young human rights activists from many different European and Arab countries.

“We have to step up our youth work. The European Youth Centre is an outstanding vehicle for passing on to young people the values of the Council of Europe. The cultural exchanges to which it gives rise are of immense worth, and I have had a very interesting dialogue with young, committed people who are aware of their role in political life, on both sides of the Mediterranean. We have a responsibility to encourage and support the active participation of young people,” he said.

The President began his visit in Tata, the town awarded the 2013 Europe Prize. “I cannot hide my delight at having been able to celebrate with my friends in Tata this very important distinction awarded by the Parliamentary Assembly. Tata is very dear to me for several reasons, and its sustained activities of exchanges with its many twin towns in Europe is something quite remarkable. This is one of the most direct expressions of European integration and dialogue between peoples; it is also what the European ideal means at local level,” concluded Jean-Claude Mignon.