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Tribute to former PACE President Leni Fischer, “an inspiring woman”

Leni Fischer
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In a letter addressed to the President of the Bundestag, Tiny Kox expressed his condolences and paid tribute to the former President of the Parliamentary Assembly Leni Fischer, who held this position from 1996 to 1999.

“Not only a committed defender of democracy, rule of law and human rights but also an inspirational woman, she will be remembered as a remarkable member of the Parliamentary Assembly, being the first woman elected to this post”, Mr Kox said.

Among the numerous achievements of Ms Fischer, the President underlined her statement at the 2nd Summit of the Council of Europe, in October 1997: ‘Europe is an imposing construction, but it needs a solid foundation. This foundation is provided by democracy and human rights in a pluralist society governed by the rule of law. These are the principles defended by the Council of Europe’. Her words then, the President said, “are more actual than ever, and we feel committed to continuing on the path Ms Fischer initiated.”