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8 March: men and women need to push together more forcefully for change

08/03/2021 | President

According to the PACE President, “men and women need to push together more forcefully for change to come. This is our responsibility, as citizens and as politicians.”For PACE Equality Committee Chair Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC), "we just can’t afford to keep ignoring the knowledge and experience we...

Alexei Navalny: Council of Europe leaders urge Russia to respect its human rights obligations

04/02/2021 | President

The German Federal Government’s Special Representative for the Presidency of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, State Minister Michael Roth, the President of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly, Rik Daems, and the Secretary General of the 47-nation Council of Europe...

The President presents the 2020 progress report and thematic priorities for 2021

22/01/2021 | President

The President of the Assembly presented to the Bureau the PACE activity report for the second half of 2020. The document details the five main priorities for the Assembly's action during this period: completing its workplan despite the difficulties of the pandemic, making the case for the...

President reacts to ‘assault on democracy’ at the US Capitol: 'who does not speak up, consents'

07/01/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, reacting to yesterday’s events at the US Capitol in Washington DC, has condemned what he described as “an assault on democracy by an extremist mob, incited by false claims and irresponsible statements at the highest political level”. “This is not America!” the President...

An end-of-year message from Rik Daems: stay healthy, stay safe, and let’s work together to tackle the...

21/12/2020 | President

In an end-of-year video message, PACE President Rik Daems has extended warm greetings of peace and good health to citizens across Europe – and urged everyone to work together to tackle the coming challenges of 2021. “2020 has seen unprecedented challenges for all of us individually, for our...

Heads of UN and PACE: building a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment must become ‘a binding...

14/12/2020 | President

The heads of the UN and PACE have agreed to step up co-operation towards building a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, and called for a paradigm shift to turn this from a policy issue into one of “binding principle”. During a meeting in New York on 11 December, PACE President Rik...

Two priorities for Human Rights Day: a healthy democracy and a healthy environment

09/12/2020 | President

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day 2020, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Rik Daems, made the following statement: “Human rights should not be allowed to become the collateral damage of emergency measures that are being taken to protect the lives and the...

PACE President to take part in the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe Award Ceremony in Lisbon

01/12/2020 | President

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will participate in the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe Award Ceremony on 2 December in Lisbon, alongside the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa; the Speaker of the Portuguese Assembly...

PACE President and Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives satisfied with relations between the...

26/11/2020 | President

In a video conference today, Habib El Malki, Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco, and Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), reviewed the different aspects of the positive co-operation being consolidated between the two...

A practical step parliaments can take to help stamp out violence against women

25/11/2020 | President

Speaking on the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women, PACE President Rik Daems has urged the 47 Council of Europe parliaments to translate a key handbook on ending gender-based violence into their official languages. PACE’s handbook for parliamentarians on the Istanbul Convention...

PACE President hails Assembly’s backing for Athens Declaration on how democracies face pandemics

23/11/2020 | President

“I am delighted that the Assembly – in the unanimous vote of the Standing Committee on Friday – has given its full backing to the Athens Declaration of the Committee of Ministers Chairmanship, which sets out how democratic societies deal with health crises such as COVID-19,” said PACE President...

PACE President deplores attacks on the head of the PACE delegation which observed Georgian elections

20/11/2020 | President

“I deeply regret the unsubstantiated attacks by certain political representatives in Georgia on the personal integrity of the Chairman of the delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) that observed elections here,” said PACE President Rik Daems. “His statements...