The outgoing CDU leader and former candidate for Chancellor Armin Laschet has been appointed Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
Strasbourg – The outgoing CDU chairman and former candidate for Chancellor Armin Laschet has been appointed Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. MEPs from the institution’s 47 member states voted the Christian Democrat into office on Monday in Strasbourg. “I am pleased to be able to contribute to the important work of the Council of Europe,” said von Laschet after the election. The Council of Europe stands for the promotion of human rights, democracy and peace in Europe. The current situation in the east of the continent makes it clear how important these tasks are for all of Europe.
The CDU politician is now one of a total of 20 Vice Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. However, Portugal has yet to fill the post to which it is entitled; the Russian candidate will be voted on individually on Tuesday.
The Vice-President represents the President in his absence or when he takes part in debates as a speaker and then chairs the sessions of the Assembly. Due to its size, Germany is entitled to one vice-president each year, smaller countries take turns. At the session on Monday, MPs also elected a new president, Tiny Kox from the Netherlands.
Deputies from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe meet four times a year for the Parliamentary Assembly. The Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, monitors human rights in its member countries and is not an organ of the European Union. (dpa)