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Spring plenary session: PACE to debate political strategies to prevent natural disasters

Political strategies to prevent, prepare for, and face the consequences of natural disasters will be among topics debated at the spring plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), taking place in Strasbourg on 24-28 April 2023.

The Assembly will also be debating the fourth Council of Europe Summit, which takes place a few weeks later in Reykjavik (16-17 May 2023), and will hear an address by Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson. Icelandic Foreign Minister Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir will also present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers, which Iceland currently chairs.

Other topics to be discussed include the need for a holistic approach to multilateralism and health care during public health emergencies, the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, and the European Convention on Human Rights and national constitutions.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović will present her annual activity report for 2022, while Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will hold her usual question time with members.

Other subjects for debate include youth and the media; and safeguarding democracy, rights and the environment in international trade.

Finally, the Assembly will assess the functioning of its partnership for democracy status, and will look at San Marino’s honouring of its Council of Europe membership obligations.                                                                                                                                                     


Due to ongoing renovation work in the debating chamber of the Palais de l'Europe, this plenary session of PACE will be held in the debating chamber of the European Parliament.