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Video message by PACE President on the occasion of Europe Day (9 May)

07/05/2021 | President

PACE President believes that every day should be a little bit Europe’s Day because the rights and freedoms we enjoy count every single day of the year, whether it is freedom of expression, religion, assembly, or the right just to be oneself, without racism or discrimination. “This was made...

Europe Day: a moment to reaffirm the values Europe needs for challenging times

05/05/2021 | President

Celebrating Europe Day and the founding of the Council of Europe, home to 47 member States and more than 830 million Europeans, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly made the following statement: “The Covid-19 crisis has brought about unprecedented, multi-faceted, wide-ranging and no doubt...

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PACE President: Assembly members will not be restricted in the exercise of their mandate

04/05/2021 | President

Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has strongly regretted that Jacques Maire, member of the Assembly, President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) group in the Assembly, and Assembly Rapporteur, including for matters...

Cheryl Gillan

A minute of silence in memory of Cheryl Gillan

19/04/2021 | Session

A minute of silence in memory of Cheryl Gillan At the opening of its spring session, the Assembly held a minute of silence in memory of Cheryl Gillan, “a great European and a most appreciated colleague who left us on 5 April,” PACE President Rik Daems stressed in his opening speech. “Dame Cheryl...

Cheryl Gillan
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President pays tribute to Dame Cheryl Gillan

06/04/2021 | President

Following the passing away of Cheryl Gillan (United Kingdom, EC/DA), Chairperson of the Assembly's Political Affairs Committee, PACE President Rik Daems made the following statement: "I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Dame Cheryl Gillan. A most dedicated European and a...

The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly and the PACE President

PACE President, ending visit to Turkey, emphasises need to work together to make progress ('ilerleme')

01/04/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, ending a working visit to Turkey, has recalled the importance of dialogue, trust, mutual respect and working together as partners to overcome challenges and make progress (ilerleme in Turkish). The President visited the country from 29 to 31 March at the invitation of...

Ankara, Turkey
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President to make working visit to Ankara

26/03/2021 | President

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to Ankara from 29 to 31 March, during which he will hold a series of high-level meetings, in particular with the President of the Repuplic, the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly, the...

Council of Europe leaders react to Turkey’s announced withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention

21/03/2021 | President

The German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, President of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, and the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Rik Daems, joined their voices to that of the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe, Marija...

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

PACE President: the rule of law must prevail in the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic

19/03/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems has again recalled that the rule of law must prevail in the emergency situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic – and stressed that any laws linked to the pandemic should comply with the constitution and international standards. “Today’s debate – held as the crisis...

Rik Daems in Moscow

Multilateralism is imperative to tackle challenges at national and international level

17/03/2021 | President

The need to find common ground and advance co-operation based on shared values and agreed equal standards was the focus of meetings yesterday in Moscow between Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and...

All member States should play by the same rules, based on equal standards

15/03/2021 | President

On the first day of his working visit to the Russian Federation, the President of the Assembly met with Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the State Duma, and Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Federation Council. Discussions focused on the 25th anniversary of the Russian Federation’s membership of...

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President to make working visit to Moscow

09/03/2021 | President

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to Moscow on 15-16 March, during which he will hold a series of high-level meetings, in particular with the Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin; the Speaker of Russia's...