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Irish Presidency welcomes publication of report on the future of the Council of Europe

05/10/2022 | President

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, and Minister for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, have joined Council of Europe leaders today in welcoming the publication of a report on the future of the Council of Europe by a High-Level Reflection Group chaired by Ireland’s former...

Council of Europe leaders condemn the illegal annexation of occupied territories of Ukraine

30/09/2022 | President

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, Simon Coveney, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, have made the following...

Violence against women: let us ‘counter fake news’ about the Istanbul Convention, says PACE President

29/09/2022 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox has urged states to “vehemently counter any fake news” about the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s gold standard legal instrument for combating violence against women and domestic violence. Speaking at a conference of Council of Europe Justice Ministers in...

PACE President condemns Russia’s attempt to annex Ukrainian territory, reiterates support for Ukraine

21/09/2022 | President

Tiny Kox, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has made the following statement: “I strongly condemn the decision to organise so-called ‘referendums’ in the areas of Ukraine illegally occupied by the Russian army. This is a clear attempt to annex part of...

Tiny Kox: "17 September 2022 is a sad day for Europe"

17/09/2022 | President

Statement by PACE President Tiny Kox: "Today, 17 September 2022, is a sad day for Europe. As of today, more than 140 million Russian citizens will be deprived of their right to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. This is a direct and inevitable consequence of the ending of the Russian...

Hostilities at Armenia and Azerbaijan border: CM Chair and PACE President call for de-escalation and...

13/09/2022 | President

Following the last night’s escalation of violence along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, which has reportedly already caused numerous casualties and significant damage, Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers Simon Coveney, and the...

Council of Europe leaders pay tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev

31/08/2022 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox and Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić have paid tribute to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. In a joint statement, they said: “Europe has lost a great statesman and peacemaker. By bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end, Mikhail Gorbachev...

PACE President, marking Ukraine’s independence day: ‘Ukraine needs Europe, and Europe needs Ukraine’

24/08/2022 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox, in a message to mark the 31st anniversary of the independence of Ukraine, has again pledged the Council of Europe’s full support in the coming months and years, adding: “Ukraine needs Europe, and Europe needs Ukraine”. “I want to express my admiration for the courage and...

PACE President welcomes the ratification by the United Kingdom of the Istanbul Convention

23/07/2022 | President

“I very much welcome the ratification by the United Kingdom of the Istanbul Convention, a Council of Europe treaty which is of tremendous importance for those who suffer from violence against women and domestic violence in all our member States. The United Kingdom becomes thus the 37th State to...

ECHR judgment in the case Kavala v. Türkiye: joint statement by Council of Europe leaders

11/07/2022 | President

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Chair of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers Simon Coveney, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić have made the following...

PACE President, ending visit to Germany, highlights ‘urgent need’ to strengthen the Council of Europe

11/07/2022 | President

Tiny Kox, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), paid an official visit to Germany on 6-8 July 2022, where he held in-depth discussions on the urgent need to strengthen the role of the Council of Europe as the continent’s reference organisation for promoting...

PACE President reacts to wave of Russian strikes against civilians in Ukraine

28/06/2022 | President

"I am horrified by the recent wave of Russian air and missile strikes on civilian infrastructure and residential buildings in Ukraine, which has already resulted in dozens of innocent people killed and hundreds injured," said Tiny Kox, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of...