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On the #RoadToReykjavik, PACE calls for a 4th Summit which meets Europeans’ expectations

Standing Committee meeting in Reykjavik

The Standing Committee today welcomed the Committee of Ministers’ decision to hold a 4th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe in May 2023 and said that the organisation emerging from it should “better respond to citizens’ expectations in terms of openness, transparency and active engagement”.

In a unanimously adopted statement, PACE members said that “faced with the brutality of the Russian Federation’s war of aggression against Ukraine, Heads of State and Government should reiterate that rules-based multilateralism is the pivot of the international order, and firmly reject unilateral actions based on the use of force”.

The 4th Summit, they added, should lay the ground for a “forward-looking renewal of the Council of Europe, which should be given greater political and financial means” to contribute to realising peace, stability and prosperity for the benefit of all Europeans “against the pressure and interference by authoritarian and totalitarian regimes”.

A renewed Council of Europe should have the capacity to be a pioneer in human rights protection, setting standards in emerging areas of concern (such as artificial intelligence). It should take leadership in the area of climate change, as a healthy environment is the precondition for durable and sustainable peace and prosperity, while continuing its pioneering work in the area of gender equality and in combating violence against women,” the statement says.