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‘We see you, women of Ukraine’ – an open letter by PACE President Tiny Kox on International Women’s Day

08/03/2022 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox has expressed his solidarity with and support for the women of Ukraine in an open letter to mark International Women’s Day (8 March 2022). Writing to the head of Ukraine’s PACE delegation Mariia Mezentseva, the President said: “We see you, women of Ukraine, protecting your...

Council of Europe leaders make joint statement on the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine

08/03/2022 | President

The Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, Luigi Di Maio, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić...

PACE President reacts to new Russian law against the media

07/03/2022 | President

“I deeply deplore the new law in Russia, which provides for prison sentences of up to 15 years for spreading information “discrediting” the military forces,” said PACE President Tiny Kox. “Several news media will suspend reporting in Russia to protect their journalists. This new law is totally...

PACE President calls for open humanitarian corridors for all those in need in Ukraine

03/03/2022 | President

“Thursday 24 February 2022 has sadly changed the course of history, with the start of the Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine. There is no alternative to peace and constructive dialogue, but there are legally binding rules and principles that must be fully respected during an armed...

PACE President calls on Council of Europe parliaments to ensure the Organisation’s financial sustainability...

27/02/2022 | President

“I wholeheartedly welcome today’s initiative, just voted in the German Bundestag, to ensure that the Council of Europe does not suffer any medium or long term financial damage as a result of the Organisation’s decision to suspend Russia over its armed attack against Ukraine,” said PACE President...

PACE President reacts to Russian military attack on Ukraine

24/02/2022 | President

“I am deeply appalled by the military attack of the Russian Federation against Ukraine that started last night,” said the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Tiny Kox. “I urge the Russian Federation to immediately end its military action and withdraw its...

Statement by PACE President Tiny Kox on the recognition of the so-called ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk...

21/02/2022 | President

“I am joining the statement of Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić that the recognition of the so-called ‘peoples’ republics’ of Donetsk and Luhansk by the Russian Federation is in violation of international law and represents a unilateral breach of the Minsk agreements...

Council of Europe leaders make joint statement on Ukraine

15/02/2022 | President

The Italian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, Luigi Di Maio, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Tiny Kox, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić...

Tiny Kox elected PACE President

24/01/2022 | Session

Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL) has been elected President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Taking over from Rik Daems (Belgium, ALDE), he is PACE’s 34th President since 1949 and the third Dutch to hold this office. He obtained an absolute majority in the first round of...

PACE and EBRD Presidents agree new priority areas for working together

18/01/2022 | President

The Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have agreed new priority areas for co-operation – including joining forces to promote gender equality and measures to prevent and combat violence against...

PACE President pays tribute to David Sassoli

11/01/2022 | President

“I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of European Parliament President David Sassoli. A most dedicated defender of human rights and a tireless champion of democracy, Mr Sassoli, whom I had the privilege to work with, was a true and committed European whose work and legacy we will...

PACE President Rik Daems calls 2022 the year when parliaments work together to turn the tide on the rise of...

31/12/2021 | President

In an annual end-of-year message, Rik Daems, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, has recalled some of the successes and challenges of 2021. “It is with both setbacks and achievements that we summarise the year 2021. The Covid-19 pandemic still has Europe and the...