Following the successful election of Liliane Maury Pasquier as the new president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Frank Schwabe today officially took the office as the new president of the SOC Group. He had already been elected unanimously by the Group during the Spring Session 2018.

Frank Schwabe on his presidency of the SOC Group: “We are currently witnessing epoch-making changes across Europe, changes that call on us to rethink the protection of human rights and the idea of liberal democracies. I want to create and support a network of those, who across political factions and regardless of individual ideologies stand up for and advocate for inalienable human rights. ”

Frank Schwabe has been fighting to restore the accountability and the credibility of the PACE for the last 1 1/2 years and was part of the group of delegates that pushed for the establishment of the Independent External Investigation Body. This and his overall strong dedication to the defence of human rights was and is recognised by all members of the SOC Group. The Group is convinced that he will chair the Group in the same spirit as his predecessors and continue to struggle for a democratic, credible and fair Parliamentary Assembly.