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Iohannis is paying an official visit to Strasbourg at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

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President Klaus Iohannis is paying Tuesday and Wednesday an official visit to Strasbourg, where he will deliver a speech in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), at the invitation of the president of this body, Pedro Agramunt, and will have meetings with the CoE Secretary General, Thorbjorn Jagland, as well as with other high officials. 

On Tuesday, the head of state participated along the President of Cyprus, Nicos Anastasiades whose country is currently holding the rotating Chairmanship of the Council of Europe, as well as the Secretary General of the organisation in the ceremony of marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day where he delivered a speech, and in the inauguration of the Expo Holocaust, an exhibition organised by Romania. President Iohannis also participated in a working lunch offered by the President of the PACE, Pedro Agramunt, on the occasion of the first plenary session of the Council of Europe in 2017. 

President Iohannis held talks with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, with the President of Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio and with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) President, Guido Raimondi.

At the meeting, the head of state will ask a “clear point of view” about NGOs on the topic of pardon and amendment of penal law, when parliament majority invokes ECHR decisions to promote these laws.



According to the sources, the president wants to obtain, by means of his councillors, information from ECHR about the pilot decision to sanction Romania for conditions in prisons.

The main message of the Romanian President will reiterate Romania's commitment and firm support to the Council of Europe's values and standards, prevalently those regarding democracy and the rule of law. 

The head of state will also underline the importance of the Council of Europe and its bodies in the building in Romania of a viable rule of law, based on democratic principles and the observance of human rights, and will talk about the initiation of new cooperation projects with the Strasbourg organisation focused to promote and support the values and standards of the Council of Europe on the continent. 

On the same day, Klaus Iohannis will meet the Romanian staff working with the Council of Europe's structures and the representatives of the Romanian community of Alsace. 

On Wednesday, the head of state will have talks with the President of the PACE, Pedro Agramunt, deliver a speech in front of the PACE and participate in a working lunch offered by Pedro Agramunt. 

After the speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the parliamentary delegations to the PACE will have the opportunity to have a Q&A session with President Iohannis. 

The visit to Strasbourg is this year's first foreign travel of President Iohannis.

 

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