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COVID-19: PACE Summer session postponed to a later date

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At its meeting on 30 April, the Bureau decided to postpone its part-session scheduled to be held in Strasbourg on 22-26 June to a later date, but before the October part-session. A decision on the date is expected to be taken by the Bureau at its meeting in June.

The Bureau also approved a memorandum modifying the working procedures of committees in response to the exceptional situation of COVID-19 and authorised remote committee meetings. It also decided that any vote during such remote meetings shall not be valid unless at least one third of committee members take part in it. While some decisions can only be taken during real or remote meetings, the memorandum lists others which may be taken by committees following a written consultation of members, and sets out guidelines for this procedure. It also temporarily authorises the tabling of motions by electronic means and extends all current references by six months.

The next Bureau meeting well be held by videoconference on 7 May to discuss, among other things, a memorandum on arrangements for the conduct of remote committee meetings as well as references and transmissions to committees. The Standing Committee will also meet by videoconference the same day from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will deal with referrals of motions for report to committees, as proposed by the Bureau of the Assembly.