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Standing Committee to meet in Denmark

The Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will meet in Copenhagen on Friday 24 November 2017, in the context of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers (November 2017-May 2018).

After the opening of the meeting by PACE President Stella Kyriakides, the Speaker of the Folketinget (Danish Parliament), Pia Kjærsgaard, will welcome participants. The parliamentarians will then hold an exchange of views with Ulla Tørnæs, Minister for Development Co-operation, representing the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The agenda also includes an exchange of views with George Tsereteli, President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, as well as debates on the relations of the Council of Europe with Kazakhstan, the democratic approach to the issues of self-determination and secession, the draft Protocol amending the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, cross-border parental responsibility conflicts and child-friendly age assessment for unaccompanied migrant children.

There have also been requests for current affairs debates on "Defending the acquis of the Council of Europe: the role of the Parliamentary Assembly. Follow up of Resolution 2186 (2017) and Recommendations 2113 (2017) and 2114 (2017)" and on “Democracy hacked. How to respond?”.

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.