Kosachev: the election of Agramunt, head of the PACE gives cautious hope for change for the better

Kosachev: the election of Agramunt, head of the PACE gives cautious hope for change for the better


MOSCOW, January 25. The Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on international Affairs Konstantin Kosachyov believes that the election of the President of the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Spanish politician Pedro Agramunt gives reason to hope for positive changes in the Assembly.

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The Senator stressed that he was personally acquainted with Agramunt during the joint operation of the PACE, and characterized it as “thinking politics, are more likely to seek compromise than confrontation”. “If since then nothing has changed, then there is reason for certain, but very cautious hope for change for the better in the Assembly”, he said Monday in an interview with TASS. However, the Senator noticed that for the last time from the lips of the Spaniard “sounded the same a little quite categorical assessments in support of Ukraine and the critique of changing the status of Crimea”.

Thus Kosachev noted that as the head of the PACE Agramunt “will, of course, to act under the agreed positions of the political groups, which does not leave much space to the President”. “There is also the factor of the PACE Secretariat which often plays a complementary (and not always constructive) role in relation to parliamentarians”, – he added.

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“As far as Mr Agramunt enough strength and confidence in the force to return the Assembly to the rails of constructive compromise, and not clarify the relationship between the national delegations, only time will tell”, – said the head of the international Committee of the Federation Council. “It remains to wish him success in work and success, which are so necessary to the Assembly, caught up now in a serious crisis,” he concluded.

Spanish politician Pedro Agramunt, on Monday was elected the new PACE President. He replaced Anne Brasseur, who headed the organization the past two years.

The native of Valencia, Pedro Agramunt since 2008 is a member of the Senate of Spain from “people’s party”. At the PACE he plays an active role, acting as Rapporteur on a number of controversial topics.

The PACE Chairman is elected for 1 year renewable for 1 year.