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PACE President Rik Daems meets the Speaker of the UK House of Commons, Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle, in London in December 2021.

President discusses deepening co-operation with the UK in the post-Brexit era during a working visit to London

06/12/2021 | President

Following a recent working visit to the United Kingdom, which focused on strengthening the role of the UK in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in the post-Brexit era, PACE President Rik Daems highlighted the excellent engagement of the UK Parliament in the Assembly’s work...

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PACE President makes working visit to the United Kingdom

30/11/2021 | President

Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to London on 1 and 2 December 2021. On this occasion, he is due to hold meetings with the Speakers of both Chambers of Parliament, the Minister for Europe and the Americas, the...

Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Rik Daems
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PACE President ends official visit to Kazakhstan, encourages closer co-operation

18/11/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems ended his three-day official visit to Kazakhstan. Congratulating the country on the 30th anniversary of its independence, he particularly focused on strengthening co-operation between the Parliamentary Assembly and Kazakhstan with a view to implementing reforms in the...

Addressing sexual violence against children
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Making the ‘circle of trust’ safe for every child

18/11/2021 | President

Statement by Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), on the occasion of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (18 November 2021) Strasbourg, 18.11.2021 – “Today, on End Child Sex Abuse Day, I call on...

PACE President Rik Daems addresses the IPU fringe meeting at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, November 2021.

PACE President addresses the IPU parliamentary meeting at COP26 in Glasgow

09/11/2021 | President

On 7 November 2021 PACE President Rik Daems took part in a special parliamentary meeting organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on the occasion of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. He addressed the Advocacy session, which focused on parliamentary action to increase...

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President condemns recent reprisals against civil society and human rights defenders in Belarus

28/10/2021 | President

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Rik Daems, has strongly condemned recent reprisals against civil society and human rights defenders in Belarus. Recalling Assembly Resolution 2372 (2021), the President called on the authorities to fully respect the...

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The right to a clean, safe, healthy and sustainable environment: a common cause of the Council of Europe...

27/10/2021 | President

“The Council of Europe stands with the United Nations to ensure that a clean, safe, healthy and sustainable environment is recognised as a human right,” said PACE President Rik Daems today, calling for enhanced cooperation between both organisations to make progress on this issue. Speaking at a...

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Ending a working visit to Poland, PACE President calls for a co-ordinated, rights-based response to the...

08/10/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems has ended a three-day working visit to Poland, during which he met the Speakers of both Chambers of the Polish Parliament (Sejm and Senate), held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau and other senior officials from the government, and held exchanges...

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PACE President expresses concerns regarding the recent detentions of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea

04/10/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Dames today made the following statement: ‘The recent arrests and detentions in Crimea with regard to Crimean Tatars, including the Deputy Head of Mejlis Nariman Dzhelyal, raise serious concerns. This is all the more worrying as some of them, reportedly, were subjected to...

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Anchoring the right to a healthy environment: #EnvironmentRightNow

30/09/2021 | President

Welcoming the adoption by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) of some seven resolutions and five recommendations on the environment and climate change, its President Rik Daems announced the launch of the #EnvironmentRightNow hashtag initiative. “We need this initiative to go viral...

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PACE President to make working visit to Poland

30/09/2021 | President

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to Poland from 5 to 7 October 2021, during which he will hold a series of high-level meetings, in particular with the Speaker of the Sejm (lower house of the Polish Parliament), the...

PACE President Rik Daems meets the Speaker of the Finnish Parliament Anu Vehviläinen during a working visit to Helsinki in September 2021.
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President concludes working visit to Finland, receives strong support for paradigm shift from policy to...

17/09/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems has ended a two-day working visit to Finland, during which he received strong support for his proposal of a “paradigm shift” on the environment and human rights, moving from policy to principle. In addition to this priority issue, discussions also focused on relations...