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PACE and EBRD Presidents agree new priority areas for working together

The Presidents of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have agreed new priority areas for co-operation – including joining forces to promote gender equality and measures to prevent and combat violence against women; co-operating to promote a safe, healthy and sustainable environment and the transition to a low-carbon green economy; and promoting inclusive and sustainable economies through digitalisation.

During a telephone discussion today, PACE’s Rik Daems and the EBRD’s Odile Renaud-Basso agreed on the new priorities as part of a renewed exchange of letters within the framework of the Agreement between the EBRD and the Council of Europe signed in Budapest in April 1992.

Underlining the importance of the long-standing co-operation between the two bodies, the two Presidents said the changes reflected the new challenges and evolving agendas of both PACE and the EBRD in accordance with their respective mandates.