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Council of Europe parliamentarians to meet in Sarajevo

The Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to meet in Sarajevo on 22 May, ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina's six-month chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.

Following welcome addresses from the Speakers of the House of Representatives and the House of Peoples, the parliamentarians will hold an exchange of views with Foreign Minister Igor Crnadak, including on his country's priorities for the chairmanship.

They are also due to debate cultural heritage in crisis and post-crisis situations, based on a report by Ismeta Dervoz (Bosnia and Herzegovina, EPP/CD), as well as the inclusion of children’s rights in national constitutions and the criminalisation of irregular migrants.

The Standing Committee will also decide on a proposal to allocate additional seats in the Assembly with respect to Turkey.

The Standing Committee, which acts on the Assembly's behalf between plenary sessions, is made up of the President and Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the chairpersons of political groups, the chairpersons of national delegations and the committee chairpersons, totalling some 60 parliamentarians from the Council of Europe's 47 member States.

Draft agenda


Practical information:

The meeting of the Standing Committee is open to the press (subject to accreditation with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Bosnia and Herzegovina), opening at 9.30 a.m. on Friday 22 May in the White Hall of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzeogvina (Trg Bosne I Hercegovine 1, Sarajevo 71000).

Angus Macdonald, PACE Communication Division, mobile +33 (0)6 30 49 68 20, [email protected]

Zlatko Vukmirovic, Public Relations Section, Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, +387 33 28 44 41 or +387 33 28 44 47, [email protected]