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Secretaries General of parliament meet in Strasbourg

20/10/2022 | Secretary General of the Assembly

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) held a meeting of Secretaries General of parliament on Thursday 20 October, in the chamber of the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg. After welcome addresses by PACE President Tiny Kox and the PACE Secretary General Despina Chatzivassiliou...

Consequences of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine for parliaments and inter-parliamentary...

20/10/2022 | Secretary General of the Assembly

“Thanks to your efforts and creativity, you have enabled your respective parliaments to continue to function in times of Covid and to maintain dialogue with our Parliamentary Assembly and the continuity of your work,” said PACE President Tiny Kox, opening a meeting of Secretaries General of...

Official award ceremony of the 2022 Europe Prize to the city of Izmir

24/09/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

On 24 September, the city of İzmir (Türkiye) held a ceremony to celebrate the official award of the Europe Prize 2022, in the agora of the ancient city of Smyrna and in the presence of a large public and local, regional and national representatives. On this occasion, Selin Sayek Böke, Chairperson...

Parliamentary conference on ‘Holding elections in a time of crisis’ planned for 2023

20/09/2022 | Election observation

A parliamentary conference on the theme “Holding elections in a time of crisis: challenges and opportunities” is to be held on 9 and 10 May 2023 in Bern, Switzerland, organised jointly by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) and the Swiss Parliament in the context of the...

[email protected]’ group: co-ordinated support for women in Ukraine

17/03/2022 | [email protected]

“We stand in solidarity with you,” the women MPs of the newly-created [email protected] group declared, welcoming their Ukrainian counterparts at a first ever meeting of the group in Strasbourg on 15 March 2022. They paid tribute to the outstanding courage and strength of women in Ukraine, and more...

Assembly Secretary General proposes creation of "[email protected]" group

08/03/2022 | Secretary General of the Assembly

One year into her term of office, the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis, is proposing to offer the 245 or so women MPs represented in the Assembly the opportunity to raise their voices in an informal “[email protected]” group. "Women play a major...

Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis takes office as Secretary General of the Assembly

01/03/2021 | Secretary General of the Assembly

Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis begins today her mandate as Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly. The first woman to occupy this post since the Assembly's creation in 1949, she was elected by parliamentarians on 26 January for a 5-year term of office at the last PACE session held in...

Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis, first woman elected Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly

26/01/2021 | Session

Today the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis to the post of Secretary General of the Assembly, the first woman to hold the post in the Assembly’s 72-year history. She will serve for a five-year term starting on 1 March 2021 replacing...

COVID-19: Co-ordination meeting between Secretaries General of PACE, OSCE PA and NATO PA

02/04/2020 | Secretary General of the Assembly

PACE Secretary General Wojciech Sawicki held a video-conference call on 27 March with his counterparts from the OSCE-PA, Roberto Montella, and the NATO-PA, Ruxandra Popa, during which they discussed common challenges facing the three organisations as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

PACE Secretary General meets with his counterpart of the Moroccan Chamber of Representatives

06/09/2019 | Secretary General of the Assembly

Relations between PACE and the Moroccan Parliament, which enjoys the status of partner for democracy in the Assembly were at the center of a meeting today between PACE Secretary General Wojciech Sawicki and the Secretary General of the House Representatives of Morocco, Najib El Khadi.

Statement by the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly

19/10/2018 | Secretary General of the Assembly

Following numerous requests, I have decided to clarify for all those interested the situation in the Parliamentary Assembly with respect to the parliamentary delegation of the Russian Federation.

OSCE, NATO and Council of Europe PA Secretaries General meet in Copenhagen

17/05/2018 | Secretary General of the Assembly

PACE Secretary General Wojciech Sawicki met with the Secretary General of the OSCE PA Roberto Montella and his counterpart from the NATO PA, David Hobbs, for the latest in regular consultations.