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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed PACE’s Autumn plenary session

14/10/2022 | Session

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during its Autumn plenary session (Strasbourg, 10 to 14 October 2022). The Assembly also held an urgent debate on "Further escalation in the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine...

Revisiting labour rights in the face of wide-ranging transformations in the world of work

14/10/2022 | Session

PACE today stressed the need for increased flexibility in the organisation of work, in order to serve the new needs of workers, employers and the labour markets, in the face of wide-ranging transformations linked to new technologies and the Covid-19 pandemic. The Assembly is concerned about the...

Vaccines should not be made generally mandatory, but this may sometimes be appropriate, says PACE

14/10/2022 | Session

The starting position for a vaccine is that “it should not automatically be generally mandatory”, but this may sometimes be appropriate, for example for special professions such as those exposed to vulnerable populations, PACE has said. Approving a resolution on preventing vaccine discrimination...

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: ‘Never yet in history was united Europe as strong as it is today’

13/10/2022 | President

“Today, we see the historically important results of dialogue in Europe, between Europeans. We see actions that have made Europe unprecedentedly stronger. Never yet in history was united Europe as strong as it is today. So, focus on everything that is needed to prevent the Russian terrorists from...

Russia’s so-called referendums in Ukrainian regions ‘null and void’, says PACE

13/10/2022 | Session

PACE has strongly condemned the attempted annexation of Ukrainian regions by Russia, describing the so-called referendums in these regions as “an affront to international law” and “null and void, with no legal or political effects”. The Assembly was debating a report by Emanuelis Zingeris...

Current affairs debate on threatened bans of Pride events in Council of Europe member States

13/10/2022 | Session

“We cannot escape a truth, dear colleagues: a backlash is going on in Europe. Populists and enemies of human rights and democracy are making use of those who are most vulnerable,” Max Lucks (Germany, SOC) said today, opening a current affairs debate on Threatened bans of Pride events in Council...

Ending discrimination against women in sport

13/10/2022 | Session

PACE said there was an urgent need to prevent gender-based violence, sexism, discrimination and gender stereotypes in the world of sport, promote gender equality, invest in sport for all, and put an end to the invisibility of women and girls in this field. In adopting a resolution, based on the...

Romania: significant progress in the functioning of democratic institutions, despite a number of concerns...

13/10/2022 | Session

According to the PACE, Romania has made significant progress toward its compliance with Council of Europe standards since its accession, in areas crucial for the functioning of democratic institutions, including the judiciary and the fight against corruption. It welcomed, in particular, the...

Brexit threatens common human rights space on the island of Ireland, says PACE

13/10/2022 | Session

PACE has urged the United Kingdom to ensure that Brexit does not result in any diminution of rights for the people of Northern Ireland, warning that the withdrawal from the European Union has “reignited deep-seated tensions in Northern Irish society, furthering political division and contributing...

PACE urges Türkiye to drop new law criminalising ‘false or misleading information’

12/10/2022 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly has said planned legislation in Türkiye to criminalise the dissemination of “false or misleading information” would “cause irreparable harm to the exercise of freedom of speech before elections” and urged the Turkish authorities not to enact it.Approving a resolution...

Ireland’s Europe minister calls for Council of Europe summit in Reykjavik

12/10/2022 | Session

Ireland’s Minister of State for European Affairs, Thomas Byrne, has given his backing to a fourth summit of Council of Europe Heads of State and Government to take place in Reykjavik as part of Iceland’s forthcoming presidency of the organisation’s Committee of Ministers. Addressing the...

PACE votes to begin monitoring of Hungary over rule of law and democracy issues

12/10/2022 | Session

Declaring that long-standing rule of law and democracy issues in Hungary “remain largely unaddressed”, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has voted to place the country under its full monitoring procedure. Hungary joins ten other Council of Europe member States currently...