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Rik / Hendrik / Daems / President

Afghanistan: the international community should remain united and firm in demanding an immediate end to...

17/08/2021 | President

“The entire world is watching the events unfolding in Afghanistan with grave concern and sadness. The international community should remain united and firm in demanding an immediate end to violence and the respect of human rights for all, both in the current situation and once a system of...

PACE President Rik Daems and the Chairperson of the Georgian Parliament, Kakha Kuchava.
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Statement by the PACE President on the outcomes of his working visit to Georgia and recent political...

30/07/2021 | President

Ending his working visit to Georgia (27-28 July 2021), PACE President Rik Daems made the following statement: "I wish to express my gratitude to the Georgian authorities and, in particular, to the Chairperson of the Georgian Parliament, Kakha Kuchava, and the head of the Georgian delegation to...

PACE President makes working visit to Georgia

23/07/2021 | President

Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), is to make a working visit to Georgia on 27 and 28 July 2021. In Tbilisi he is due to meet the Speaker of Parliament and Prime Minister, as well as the Foreign, Justice and Internal Affairs Ministers. Meetings...

Morocco / Rabat /

Rik Daems welcomes the increased presence of women in the Parliament of Morocco

13/07/2021 | President

“At a moment when we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Parliament of Morocco’s partner for democracy status with PACE, I would like to congratulate the parliament on the progress it has made as regards the representation of women (21 per cent), since the adoption of the quota system in...

The Parliament of Morocco, Rabat.
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PACE President makes a working visit to Morocco

09/07/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems will make a working visit to Rabat from 11 to 14 July, during which he will hold high-level meetings with Moroccan authorities. Meetings (to be confirmed) are scheduled with the Presidents of the House of Councillors and the House of Representatives, the Head of...

Rik / Daems / President

PACE President, addressing new UN global network for parliamentarians, recalls need to uphold human rights...

17/06/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, addressing a new UN network which brings together parliamentarians worldwide to help combat terrorism, has pledged the Assembly’s full support for this initiative – while recalling that the fight against terrorism should always be conducted in line with human rights...

Artificial intelligence / AI
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PACE President tells ministers: ‘We need to regulate AI before AI regulates us’

11/06/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, addressing Council of Europe media ministers by teleconference, has again called for a transparent and clearly defined legal and ethical framework for Artificial Intelligence based on principles already spelled out by the Assembly. “We need to regulate AI before AI...

Rik / Daems / President

PACE President on World Environment Day: now is the time for a right to a healthy environment

04/06/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, marking World Environment Day (5 June 2021), has issued an urgent appeal for parliaments and governments to act with “force and conviction” to create an explicit legal right to a healthy environment in order to help halt the drastic degradation of ecosystems worldwide...

László Kövér, Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary

PACE President, ending Budapest visit, welcomes opportunities presented by the Hungarian Council of Europe...

02/06/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, ending a working visit to Hungary, has welcomed the priorities of the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and the opportunities it offers to further strengthen co-operation with the Parliamentary Assembly. The President visited...

Rik / Daems / President

PACE President to make working visit to Budapest

25/05/2021 | President

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to Budapest from 26 to 28 May, during which he will hold a series of high-level meetings, in particular with the President of the Republic, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the...

Saint Petersburg Forum

“Vaccination strategies are only lawful if proportionate”, President says

19/05/2021 | President

“States must ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated against Covid-19, whether due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated,” the PACE President said today, addressing the Saint Petersburg International Legal Forum on ‘Vaccination by Law’. While...

Istanbul Convention

PACE President: member States need to rely on the Istanbul Convention, its tools and mechanisms

11/05/2021 | President

“It is not enough for member States to implement their own laws; they need the Istanbul Convention, its tools and mechanisms in order to combat violence against women in a proactive and efficient way,” said PACE President Rik Daems today, at the opening of a high-level Conference by video...