CHP deputy Gülsün Bilgehan elected as head of Council of Europe committee

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Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Ankara deputy Gülsün Bilgehan, has been elected as Chairperson of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, becoming the first Turkish politician ever to be selected to the top post for a second time.

Bilgehan, the candidate of the council’s Socialist Group, returned to the upper echelons of the Council of Europe after a Strasbourg meeting on Jan. 27.

She thanked the deputies for electing her once again, adding that her field of activity has been broadened compared to her first post, which occurred between 2006 and 2008.

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination is composed of national parliamentarians from the 47 Council of Europe member states and its mandate covers discrimination based on any ground.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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