In her opening speech to the Standing Committee in Strasbourg, the PACE President has welcomed the priorities of the Georgian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.
Underlining that "the Georgian presidency can fully count on the support of the Assembly in its activities", she recalled the importance of co-operation between the two bodies. For Ms Maury Pasquier, this will be essential for the setting up of the new joint procedure in the event of a serious breach by a member State of its statutory obligations.
Co-operation is also essential to advance equality between women and men. In this context, she praised the progress made in the fight against sexism, harassment and violence against women during her Presidency thanks to the support of the members of the Assembly and Council of Europe ambassadors.
Finally, the President introduced a short video to illustrate the main stages of PACE’s action to promote equality between women and men.