Standing Committee warmly welcomes King Felipe's strong commitment to European values

King Felipe VI of Spain, receiving the representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for a private audience marking 40 years of Spain’s membership in the Organisation, in Madrid today, confirmed that he will address the Assembly on the occasion of its next sessions.

"Under your reign, Spain has continued to demonstrate its strong commitment to European values. All of us present here today can attest that Spain continues more than ever to adhere to the aims and principles of our Organisation, that is building a united Europe without dividing lines based on shared values and common standards of democracy, human rights and the rule of law," PACE President Pedro Agramunt said, thanking the King for his endeavours which aim at keeping the spirit of cooperation, collaboration and commitment alive.

"The importance of the Council of Europe as the guardian of European values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law cannot be underestimated as our continent faces momentous challenges which are a threat to the harmonious living together of the nations," PACE President Pedro Agramunt stressed. "I refer to international terrorism, the rise of populist movements at the right and at the left wings of the political spectrum, “frozen” and active conflicts in Europe and our neighbourhood, as well as the refugee crisis and the management of mixed migratory flows, all of which continue to be high on my agenda as PACE President," Pedro Agramunt concluded.