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PACE President: “the ‘elections’ in Belarus are a travesty of democracy”

26/02/2024 | President

“There cannot be free and fair elections in a situation where freedoms of speech, assembly and association are curtailed; where opposition political parties are liquidated and their leaders persecuted; where the freedom of the media is not respected; and where there is no redress against these...

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Russia’s full-scale aggression against Ukraine: two years on, Council of Europe leaders reiterate support...

23/02/2024 | President

Liechtenstein Minister of Foreign Affairs, Education and Sport and President of the Committee of Ministers, Dominique Hasler, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, Theodoros Rousopoulos, and the Secretary General, Marija Pejčinović Burić, today made the following statement on the occasion...

‘This war is also our war,’ PACE President says

23/02/2024 | President

“The worst that can happen is for us to get used to this war, to start perceiving it as a new normality. We must avoid this at all costs,” today said PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos in a ceremony to mark two years of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. “But I also ask myself what we...

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'There is little doubt that the Russian state bears full responsibility for the death of Alexei Navalny...

16/02/2024 | President

Following the death of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Theodoros Rousopoulos made the following statement:  "I am deeply shocked by today's terrible news of the death in prison of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny...

Day of Remembrance in memory of the victims of the Holocaust: 'It was to prevent such atrocities that our...

24/01/2024 | President

“Almost 80 years ago, in March 1945, a fifteen-and-a-half-year-old girl named Anne Frank perished in the Bergen-Belsen camp. Without the diary she wrote between the ages of 13 and 15, Anne's fate would be indistinguishable from that of the one and a half million children who vanished under...

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Theodoros Rousopoulos elected PACE President

22/01/2024 | President

Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/DC) has been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Taking over from Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL), he is PACE’s 35th President since 1949 and the first Greek national to hold this office. The President serves for a one...

Sir Tony Lloyd

PACE President pays tribute to Sir Tony Lloyd

19/01/2024 | President

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Sir Tony Lloyd, who was a distinguished member of our Assembly for more than ten years, and the head of the British delegation here for many of them,” said PACE President Tiny Kox. “Tony believed sincerely in the values of the Council of Europe, and his quiet...

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PACE President Tiny Kox, in final address to ministers, calls for a just and lasting peace in Ukraine

17/01/2024 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox, in a final address to the Council of Europe’s ministerial body, reviewed his two-year term of office during what he described as “a most challenging and dangerous period for the Council of Europe and our citizens” and said his main challenge had been to, firstly, avert...

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End of year message by the PACE President

31/12/2023 | President

In 2023, we witnessed so many challenging and worrying developments in Europe. We are living in dangerous times. I share the worries of millions of Europeans, and I want these worries to be addressed by those who have to bear their responsibilities in all our member States of the Council of...

Dick Marty (Switzerland, ALDE)

'With the passing of Dick Marty, Europe has lost a great politician and a determined ally'

29/12/2023 | President

“Few members of the Parliamentary Assembly have left such a mark on European political action as Dick Marty. As well as being remembered, his work has changed the way parliamentary investigations are led and acted upon,” said PACE President Tiny Kox. “Our Assembly will miss a dear friend, a...

PACE President urges a flexible, credible and coherent ‘toolkit’ for dealing with states that do not...

04/12/2023 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox has urged Council of Europe member states to respect the rulings of the Strasbourg Court, boost the Council of Europe’s “early warning capacity” and develop a more flexible, credible and coherent “toolkit” of measures for putting pressure on states that do not respect...

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‘Learning from the victims and survivors of sexual abuse can help to keep other children safe’

17/11/2023 | President

Statement by PACE President Tiny Kox to mark the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November): “Today I am calling on policy-makers everywhere to listen to, and learn from, the victims and survivors of childhood sexual violence when...