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PACE Standing Committee met in Dublin

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which brings together around 60 of the Assembly’s leading members, met in Dublin on Tuesday 31st May 2022. There were welcome addresses by the Speakers of both houses of the Oireachtas, the Irish Parliament...

Integrating a gender perspective in migration policies

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee, meeting today in Dublin, called on member States to fully integrate a gender equality perspective in legislation, policies, programmes and infrastructure, that cater for the needs of migrant people. In adopting unanimously a resolution today, based on the report by Petra...

Access to abortion: PACE denounces various forms of harassment

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee, meeting in Dublin today, has expressed its concern about harassment and violence perpetrated by anti-abortion activists in many member States, targeting persons who want to protect access to free and safe abortions. According to the resolution unanimously adopted today...

Ensuring effective access to prescribed medicines while preventing nefarious addiction

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

Addiction to prescribed medicines is the result of an “insidious and gradual process of giving up control of one’s own life for the sake of relief” provided by the prescribed medicine, the Standing Committee said. Such addiction, it added, is a “systemic social problem that requires a holistic...

Eradicating extreme child poverty in Europe is an international obligation and a moral duty

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

Despite all the efforts being made, poverty, especially extreme child poverty, is far from being eradicated. And in light of “unacceptable situations” Council of Europe member States should “demonstrate the political will to address every dimension of extreme child poverty” and ensure no one is...

Speakers of the Irish Parliament, welcoming PACE members to Dublin, reiterate support for Ukraine...

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

The Speakers of the two Houses of the Irish Parliament, the Oireachtas, have welcomed members of PACE to Dublin, underlining the scale of the challenge in dealing with the far-reaching effects of the war in Ukraine, and reiterating their solid support for Ukraine’s people and leaders. Seán Ó...

PACE parliamentarians debate a fourth Council of Europe summit

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

PACE members have again expressed their strong support for the organisation of a fourth Council of Europe summit, which would bring together the Heads of State or Government of all member States to renew, improve and reinforce the Organisation at a time of dramatic realignment in Europe. Jacques...

Simon Coveney pledges to press for a fourth summit as soon as possible, to reaffirm the Council of Europe’s...

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

Irish Foreign and Defence Minister Simon Coveney, Chair of the Committee of Ministers, has said Ireland will do all it can to convene a Fourth Summit as soon as possible, to reaffirm the Council of Europe’s role as “the conscience of Europe”. During an exchange of views with members of PACE’s...

PACE Standing Committee to meet in Berlin

11/02/2022 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which brings together around 60 of the Assembly’s leading members, is to meet in Berlin on 11 March 2022. The committee is due to be welcomed by Bundestag President Bärbel Bas, and will hold an exchange of...

Standing Committee met in Rome

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) met in Rome on 25-26 November 2021, as Italy began its six-month Presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. The Standing Committee, which brings together around 60 of the Assembly’s leading...

Fighting corruption and encouraging 'political responsibility'

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

The “Panama papers”, “Paradise papers”, “Laundromats”, and “Pandora papers” scandals have involved allegations that politicians used offshore schemes to evade taxes and conceal assets, raising suspicions of corruption and money laundering. Adopting a resolution based on a report prepared by...

Current affairs debate on the situation of migrants on the border of Poland and Belarus

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

"It is obvious that this is a largely organised migration phenomenon, with the active complicity of the Belarusian government, which is conducting what can be described as a 'hybrid war' through these manoeuvres," said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), opening a current affairs debate today...