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Expenditure for 2020-2021: PACE will continue to be the political driving force of the Council of Europe

Despite the challenges of the budget for the next biennium, the Assembly will have to continue to be “the political driving force of the Council of Europe”, in particular by addressing challenges to human rights, the rule of law and democracy, both at national and at regional level, as well as the societal challenges faced by its member States, PACE said in a resolution adopted today, on the basis of the report by Mart van de Ven (Netherlands, ALDE).

According to the adopted text, the Assembly will support the efficient implementation at national level of Council of Europe standards and conventions. It will focus its action on the three pillars of the Organisation's Programme and Budget, as well as on the implementation of the Council of Europe's various cross-sectoral multi-annual strategies (in particular in the areas of children's rights, gender equality and internet governance). PACE will also propose new standards on emerging issues such as new technologies, digitisation and artificial intelligence.

Finally, the Assembly considers that its work should contribute to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and has decided to make special effort to increase parliamentary involvement in this process.