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PACE President condemns terrorist attack in Vienna

03/11/2020 | President

PACE President Rik Daems strongly condemned yesterday’s terrorist attack in Vienna and on behalf of the Assembly expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, the authorities and the people of Austria. “Yesterday’s attack in Austria, as the recent ones in France, are attacks...

Belarus: Council of Europe leaders make joint statement

13/10/2020 | President

The Greek Alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Rik Daems, and the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić...

Rik Daems: ‘The death penalty is an inhuman and degrading punishment and its prohibition is a fundamental...

09/10/2020 | President

On the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty (10 October), PACE President Rik Daems made the following statement: “To date more than two-thirds of countries worldwide, 142 countries, have abolished the death penalty in law or no longer apply it, whereas 56 countries continue to use...

A legal right to a healthy environment would push governments and parliaments to ‘go green’

06/10/2020 | President

PACE President Rik Daems has again called for the drawing up of a protocol to the European Convention of Human Rights guaranteeing a right to a healthy environment, pointing out this would help push governments and parliaments to “go green”. Speaking at the “Human Rights for the Planet” virtual...

Pope Francis receives President Rik Daems at private audience

22/09/2020 | President

During a private audience on 21 September with Pope Francis, PACE President Rik Daems shared with His Holiness his conviction that a healthy environment should be considered a human right, and his hope that this could eventually be enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights in the form...

Pope Francis receives PACE President at private audience

18/09/2020 | President

PACE President Rik Daems will have an audience with Pope Francis on 21 September. In addition, in the framework of a working visit, the PACE President will hold the next day bilateral meetings with the Speakers of both chambers of the Italian Parliament, Maria Elisabetta Casellati, President of...

October part-session replaced by Standing Committee meeting

15/09/2020 | President

The PACE President announced today that the October 2020 part-session of the Assembly will be replaced by a meeting of the Standing Committee – which acts in the name of the Assembly - on 12-13 October, to be continued on 22-23 October. “This meeting will be ‘enlarged’ to allow all PACE members...

PACE President on Democracy Day: ‘We must reach out to citizens and restore trust in democracy’

14/09/2020 | President

“Strong and healthy democratic societies rely and thrive on equality, freedom, good governance, dignity, inclusiveness,” said Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), speaking on the eve of the International Day of Democracy (15 September). “We are...

Belarus: a solution will only come from the Belarusian people, says PACE President

08/09/2020 | President

Speaking during an exchange of views on Belarus, organised by the Assembly’s Political Affairs Committee, PACE President Rik Daems stressed that “a solution will only come from the Belarusian people”. In a pressing plea for non-violence, he called for an immediate end to unlawful detentions...

Belarus: joint statement by the Committee of Ministers Presidency, PACE President and Secretary General

27/08/2020 | President

In a joint statement by the Alternate Foreign Minister of Greece, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, President of the Committee of Ministers, Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly and Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General, the three Council of Europe leaders called on the Belarussian...

Belarus: PACE President encourages an all-inclusive national political process and democratic reforms

18/08/2020 | President

"Events in Belarus demonstrate the paramount importance of the values the Council of Europe stands for. By actively defending their fundamental freedoms, the people of Belarus have chosen the path of democratic change. Therefore, an all-inclusive national political process is urgently needed to...

Presidential election in Belarus: PACE President applauds the courage and determination of Belarus people...

10/08/2020 | President

Following the Presidential election in Belarus, PACE President Rik Daems made the following statement:  “I have been following closely the Presidential election in Belarus as well as the events of last night following the closing of the vote – I deeply regret that this election was far from being...