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PACE President makes a working visit to Morocco

09/07/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems will make a working visit to Rabat from 11 to 14 July, during which he will hold high-level meetings with Moroccan authorities. Meetings (to be confirmed) are scheduled with the Presidents of the House of Councillors and the House of Representatives, the Head of...

PACE President, addressing new UN global network for parliamentarians, recalls need to uphold human rights...

17/06/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, addressing a new UN network which brings together parliamentarians worldwide to help combat terrorism, has pledged the Assembly’s full support for this initiative – while recalling that the fight against terrorism should always be conducted in line with human rights...

PACE President tells ministers: ‘We need to regulate AI before AI regulates us’

11/06/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, addressing Council of Europe media ministers by teleconference, has again called for a transparent and clearly defined legal and ethical framework for Artificial Intelligence based on principles already spelled out by the Assembly. “We need to regulate AI before AI...

PACE President on World Environment Day: now is the time for a right to a healthy environment

04/06/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, marking World Environment Day (5 June 2021), has issued an urgent appeal for parliaments and governments to act with “force and conviction” to create an explicit legal right to a healthy environment in order to help halt the drastic degradation of ecosystems worldwide...

PACE President, ending Budapest visit, welcomes opportunities presented by the Hungarian Council of Europe...

02/06/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, ending a working visit to Hungary, has welcomed the priorities of the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and the opportunities it offers to further strengthen co-operation with the Parliamentary Assembly. The President visited...

PACE President to make working visit to Budapest

25/05/2021 | President

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to Budapest from 26 to 28 May, during which he will hold a series of high-level meetings, in particular with the President of the Republic, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the...

“Vaccination strategies are only lawful if proportionate”, President says

19/05/2021 | President

“States must ensure that no one is discriminated against for not having been vaccinated against Covid-19, whether due to possible health risks or not wanting to be vaccinated,” the PACE President said today, addressing the Saint Petersburg International Legal Forum on ‘Vaccination by Law’. While...

PACE President: member States need to rely on the Istanbul Convention, its tools and mechanisms

11/05/2021 | President

“It is not enough for member States to implement their own laws; they need the Istanbul Convention, its tools and mechanisms in order to combat violence against women in a proactive and efficient way,” said PACE President Rik Daems today, at the opening of a high-level Conference by video...

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...

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...

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...