Strasbourg, 1 January 2013 - New Year greetings from PACE President, Jean-Claude Mignon: "On this first day of the New Year, I would like to wish happiness, prosperity, health and Peace to 800 million Europeans living in 47 member states of the Council of Europe, as well as to the citizens of the Observer states and to our Partners for Democracy. I also address my best wishes to 636 MPs, members of our Assembly, to the members of the Committee of Ministers, to our Secretary General and to the Deputy Secretary General, to the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly, as well as to all the officials and staff working for different Council of Europe bodies.
May this New Year help us consolidate the ties that bind us, to make our Organisation stronger, more visible and more effective! That our voices and messages for Peace be better heard and respected! That the universal values of Human Rights be respected around the World!" (more...)