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New guidelines for conduct of PACE members

PACE’s Standing Committee has laid down new guidelines for the conduct of members of the Assembly, who should now be asked to “conduct themselves in a courteous, polite and respectful manner” during debates, particularly when addressing fellow members, while remaining free to speak their minds as parliamentarians.

Approving a report by Christopher Chope (United Kingdom, EDG), the committee said serious or persistent breaches of order or good conduct could be sanctioned by a temporary deprivation of a member’s right to speak or to sign documents.