Challenge on procedural grounds of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of Iceland
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 26 June 2013 (24th Sitting) (see Doc. 13246, report of the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities
and Institutional Affairs, rapporteur: Ms Vučković). Text adopted by the Assembly on
26 June 2013 (24th Sitting).
1. On 24 June 2013, the still unratified
credentials of the parliamentary delegation of Iceland were challenged
on procedural grounds, in accordance with Rule 7.1 of the Assembly’s
Rules of Procedure, on the ground that the delegation comprised
no female representative, in violation of Rule 6.2.a of the Rules of Procedure.
2. The Parliamentary Assembly reiterates its commitment to promoting
the balanced representation of women and men in political and public
decision making and to applying the principle of gender equality
in its internal structures, in particular by encouraging a balanced
representation of women and men in national delegations.
3. The Assembly notes that the composition of the Icelandic delegation
does not fulfil the conditions laid down in Rule 6.2.a of the Rules of Procedure and
that its credentials have been legitimately challenged. It notes that
the delegation has stated that it had been impossible for it to
satisfy the condition laid down by the Rules of Procedure in the
time available and that it undertakes to ensure full compliance
at the earliest opportunity.
4. Accordingly, the Assembly decides to ratify the credentials
of the parliamentary delegation of Iceland, but to suspend the voting
rights of its members in the Assembly and its bodies in accordance
with Rule 7.3.c of the Rules
of Procedure, with effect from the beginning of the Assembly’s October
2013 part-session, until the composition of this delegation is brought
into conformity with Rule 6.2.a in
so far as it relates to the appointment in the delegation of, at
a very minimum, one member of the under-represented sex as a representative.