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PACE President calls for a summit to renew, improve and reinforce the Council of Europe

20/05/2022 | President

In his speech at today’s Committee of Ministers session in Turin, PACE President Tiny Kox called for a Summit of Heads of State and Government to renew, improve and reinforce the Council of Europe. "This summit should lead to a Council of Europe with new competencies and better equipped to...

Tiny Kox: ‘Confronted by barbarism, let us stand united in defence of European principles and ideals’

09/05/2022 | President

On the occasion of Europe Day, Tiny Kox, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), made the following statement: “At a moment when our continent is experiencing the 21st century’s darkest episode, it is more necessary than ever to pay tribute to the great minds...

‘We need to secure everyone’s right to access culture’, PACE President says in Rome

09/05/2022 | President

“We need to secure everyone’s right to access culture. This is a pre-condition for ensuring democratic citizenship and citizen participation in community life and policy-making. This is also a pre-condition for everyone to develop as an individual and freely develop her or his cultural identity...

PACE President expresses shock at Kavala sentence and calls for his release without delay

26/04/2022 | President

Reacting to yesterday’s conviction of Osman Kavala to an aggravated life sentence, Tiny Kox, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), made the following statement: “I am deeply disappointed by the life sentence handed to Osman Kavala yesterday by an Istanbul...

PACE President urges members to help restore peace in Ukraine

25/04/2022 | President

At the opening of the PACE spring session in Strasbourg, President Tiny Kox urged members to help restore peace in Ukraine and the entire continent, and to assist Council of Europe member State Ukraine “to regain its national sovereignty and territorial integrity and rebuild its society, which is...

Tribute to former PACE President Leni Fischer, “an inspiring woman”

14/04/2022 | President

In a letter addressed to the President of the Bundestag, Tiny Kox expressed his condolences and paid tribute to the former President of the Parliamentary Assembly Leni Fischer, who held this position from 1996 to 1999. “Not only a committed defender of democracy, rule of law and human rights but...

Tiny Kox: ‘international solidarity with the children of Ukraine is now obligatory’

07/04/2022 | President

“We must consider the best ways to support children affected by the war in Ukraine,” PACE President Tiny Kox said today, speaking on the occasion of the launch of the new Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child at a high-level conference in Rome co-organised by the Council of...

PACE President and political group leaders meet Ukrainian Speaker in Lviv

06/04/2022 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox met today, in Lviv, with Verkhovna Rada Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk. The President is visiting Ukraine at the invitation of the Speaker, and is accompanied by the leaders of the Assembly’s five political groups and the Secretary General of the Assembly. In Lviv they...

Ending first Council of Europe official visit to Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian war of...

06/04/2022 | President

At the invitation of Ukrainian Speaker Ruslan Stefanchuk, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Tiny Kox, together with the members of the Assembly’s Presidential Committee, travelled to Ukraine for the first official Council of Europe visit since the...

PACE President reacts to reports of civilian killings by Russian forces around Kyiv

03/04/2022 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox has expressed shock and horror at reports of civilian killings by Russian forces withdrawing from Bucha and other towns around Kyiv. “These horrible crimes need to be thoroughly investigated, and the perpetrators of any war crimes in this terrible war brought to justice...

PACE President deeply worried by worsening political situation in Tunisia

01/04/2022 | President

“I am deeply worried by the worsening political situation in Tunisia,” said PACE President Tiny Kox in a statement today. “With the President’s decision to dissolve Parliament, which has been suspended since July 2021, the standoff between Tunisian institutions has now reached a new and dangerous...

‘The Council of Europe is more relevant now than ever before’, PACE President says

23/03/2022 | President

“The consequences of the Russian Federation’s aggression on Ukraine will last for decades, be it in terms of reconstruction needs, or for the safe and sustainable return of refugees, to name but a few challenges […]. At the same time, we must envisage initiatives to support and engage with human...