Today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected Stella Kyriakides from Cyprus as its new President. Former President of the Assembly Pedro Agramunt announced his resignation immediately before the beginning of the autumn session.
“I know Stella Kyriakides as a woman of principles and integrity. Her positions are respected even by her strongest ideological opponents,” head of the Estonian delegation to PACE and Vice-President of the Assembly Marianne Mikko said.
Kyriakides obtained a large majority over the other candidate, Emanuelis Zingeris from Lithuania, in the third round of voting. Kyriakides will be the 30th President of PACE, and she is the third woman to take up the post. She will remain in office until the opening of the next ordinary session in January 2018.
Kyriakides said she had been elected the President of PACE during the times the credibility and integrity of the Assembly were questioned. “Times that have led to the often wrong type of publicity for the work done in this Assembly, leading to the questioning of the principles of transparency and integrity of the institutions of the Council of Europe. These are challenges and responsibilities for us all. But mostly, for myself as a newly elected President of this Assembly,” Kyriakides said.
“In the upcoming few months my priority is to bring about calmness, consensus, credibility and unity,” Kyriakides emphasised. She added that she intended to work tirelessly and openly against corruption, and also to raise the bar so that all members of the Assembly followed the same principles and code of ethics. Kyriakides concluded that in order to do this, she would need the support of all political groups, of the Secretary General and the staff of the Council of Europe.
The autumn session of PACE takes place in Strasbourg, France, on 9–13 October 2017. The Estonian delegation to PACE consists of the head of the delegation Marianne Mikko and members Andres Herkel and Eerik-Niiles Kross.
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