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26 September 2016
European Conference of Presidents of Parliaments is organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe biennially since 1975. Main themes discussed at this year’s Conference were: The migration and refugee crisis in Europe: role and responsibilities of parliaments, National parliaments and the Council of Europe: together promoting democracy, human rights and the rule of law, Mobilisation of parliaments against hate, for inclusive and non-racist societies.
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Stanisław Karczewski pointed in his speech to the need of remodeling the European system of values, which currently is under strong verification. While referring to the migration crisis, he stated that the successful solution to this crisis may be a political one and our role should be, above all, to provide development and humanitarian aid. President of Senat stressed that Poland has already engaged in such aid by cooperating with the countries which are the closest to the conflict. At the end of his speech Stanisław Karczewski underlined that without the integration and solidarity among the states, Europe will never be safe.
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The Conference gave also an opportunity for the meeting of the President of Senat Stanisław Karczewski with the PACE President, Pedro Agramunt. The Presidents talked, among other issues, about recent problems and challenges which Europe has to face, the cooperation of Russia with the Council of Europe, as well as the current situation in Poland. I have assured President Agramunt that the democratically elected authorities respect the Constitution - stated Stanisław Karczewski. - The dispute, which currently takes place in Poland, is of solely political basis, therefore it should be settled within Poland, not at the international level.
Stanisław Karczewski chaired also an informal meeting of the Presidents of the national parliaments of the Visegrad Group, organised on the side of the Conference. V4 representatives reiterated their unity towards Europe’s current problems and challenges and the expressed their willingness to further enhance the cooperation within the Group.
Also on the side of the Conference, an exhibition Executed cities. Poznań - Budapest 1956, organized by Permanent Representation of Poland to the CoE, was presented in the seat of the Council of Europe. The exhibition presents the tragic experience of the two cities, which in 1956 opposed the communist regime. It has been prepared by the Branch of the Institute of National Remembrance in Poznań, in cooperation with the Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw and the Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.