On 27 January in Strasbourg, Rik Daems (Belgium, ALDE) was elected as President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
In his opening speech, the 33rd President of PACE highlighted the importance of focusing on values rather than national interests. “Interests divide but values unite,” Daems summarised. He also stressed the importance of all three branches of the Council of Europe working together in “trialogue” to strengthen the organisation’s work.
On the same day, ALDE Group in PACE – the third strongest force in the Assembly – elected a new leader. Jacques Maire (En Marche, France) will be leading the group consisting of 96 representatives of 30 different nationalities.