A debate on the decision-making process of the Assembly concerning credentials and voting will be a highlight of the Summer session of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), which takes place in Strasbourg from 24 to 28 June.
During the session, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, PACE will elect a new Secretary General of the Organisation. On 24 June, Amélie de Montchalin, French Minister of State for European Affairs, will present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers, and on 26 June, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal, will address the Assembly.
Items on the agenda include a debate on Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law in Malta; a joint debate on combating violence against women and achieving gender equality; stopping violence against children, with a statement by United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children Maud de Boer-Buquicchio; and ending coercion in mental health.
The Assembly will also discuss the situation in Syria, post-monitoring dialogue with Bulgaria, the murder of Boris Nemtsov, and pushback action by member States, as well as the budget of the Council of Europe and PACE. A free debate is also on the agenda.
The Assembly will decide its final agenda on the opening day of the session.
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Monday 24 June
• Statement by the PACE President
• Celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe
• Communication from the Committee of Ministers presented by Amélie de Montchalin, Secretary of State attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, in charge of European Affairs, representing the French Presidency of the Committee of Ministers
• Strengthening the decision-making process of the Parliamentary Assembly concerning credentials and voting
Tuesday 25 June
• Progress report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee
• Joint debate
Budget and priorities of the Council of Europe for the biennium 2020-2021
Expenditure of the Parliamentary Assembly for the biennium 2020-2021
• Joint debate:
The Istanbul Convention on violence against women: achievements and challenges
Towards an ambitious Council of Europe agenda for gender equality
Wednesday 26 June
• Election of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe
• Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Estonia and Germany
• Ending coercion in mental health: the need for a human rights-based approach
• Statement by Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
• Address by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of Portugal
• Joint debate:
Ending violence against children: a Council of Europe contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
Stop violence against, and exploitation of, migrant children
and statement by Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children
• Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination and the rule of law in Malta and beyond: ensuring that the whole truth emerges
Thursday 27 June
• [Possibly] Debate under urgent procedure or current affairs debate
• Post-monitoring dialogue with Bulgaria
• Shedding light on the murder of Boris Nemtsov
Friday 28 June
• [Possibly] Free debate
Situation in Syria: prospects for a political solution?
• Pushback policies and practice in Council of Europe member States
• Progress report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee (continued)
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Live web stream: The session is streamed live on PACE’s website.
Press conferences: will be announced on the spot. They are streamed live over the web.
Audiovisual: download and share clips of plenary debates from the Video on demand service (user guide), or request other audiovisual facilities.
For press accreditation: Directorate of Communication, please fill in the form.
Further details: see the Assembly's website.
Contact: PACE Communication Division, tel. +33 3 88 41 31 93; [email protected]