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Standing Committee to meet in Madrid

Discussions with Christian Ahlund, Chair of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), and with representatives of the Russian Parliament on modalities of co-operation between the Parliamentary Assembly and the Russian Parliament in 2017 are among the items on the agenda of the meeting of the Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Madrid.

The meeting will be held at the Spanish Senate, on Friday 10 March 2017, in the context of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Spain's accession to the Council of Europe.

Following the opening of the meeting by the PACE President, Pedro Agramunt, and the welcome address by Pío García-Escudero, Speaker of the Senate, the Assembly members will go to the Palacio de El Pardo for an audience with King Felipe VI.

Other items on the agenda include the examination of the reports on "Securing access of detainees to lawyers" (Marietta Karamanli, France, SOC) and "The political rights of persons with disabilities: a democratic issue" (Mechthild Rawert, Germany, SOC). There has been a request for a current affairs debate on "The escalation of the military conflict in the Donbass area".

The following day, 11 March, a commemorative ceremony in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack of 11 March 2004 will be organised at the Atocha station memorial, with the participation of President Agramunt and Standing Committee members, in the framework of the #NoHateNoFear initiative, on the occasion of the European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism.

Items on the agenda of the PACE Bureau meeting (in camera) in Madrid on 9 March include the draft agenda of the Assembly’s April session in Strasbourg as well as the memorandum prepared by the PACE Secretary General on the setting up of an independent external investigation body in relation to allegations of corruption in the Assembly.


Practical information

The meeting of the Standing Committee, which is open to the press, will be held from 9 am to 6 pm at the Senate of Spain (Europa Room), Calle Bailén 3, Madrid.

Live web stream: The session is streamed live on the Senate’s website in Spanish and in the original languages.

PACE contact: Communication Division: Micaela Catalano, mob. +33 6 08 56 40 65; [email protected] and Francesc Ferrer, mob. + 33 6 30 49 68 22; [email protected]

Contact at the Senate: Division of Means of Communication: Cristina Cancho San José, tel. +34 915381092 ; [email protected]

(*) 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 and the chairs of the political groups, national delegations and Assembly committees, totalling some 60 parliamentarians from the 47 Council of Europe member states.