At the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Sofia today, the need to show solidarity in combating terrorism and to protect democratic values was emphasised.
Head of the Estonian Delegation to PACE Marianne Mikko noted that the terrorist attacks that took place two weeks ago in Paris shocked the whole world. “Estonia, like all other countries of Europe, fights against terrorism,” Mikko said. “Our citizens must feel safe. All the time and everywhere in Europe.”
At today’s meeting, discussion on combating international terrorism while protecting Council of Europe values and standards was held within the framework of the current affairs debate. The meeting was opened with a minute of silence to pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Justice, and the Speaker of the National Assembly of Bulgaria spoke of Bulgaria’s priorities during its Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
Estonia will take over the Chairmanship from Bulgaria in May 2016, and the next meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will be held in Tallinn.
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