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COVID-19: The pandemic must not be an opportunity to strengthen governments against parliaments

29/05/2020 | Political Affairs and Democracy

How can parliaments adjust their role as guarantors of stability and democratic legitimacy during the current pandemic crisis? How can continuity of parliamentary oversight be ensured? Where do the boundaries of delegation of powers from national parliaments to the executive lie in emergency...

Pieter Omtzigt calls on Malta to establish Joint Investigative Teams for cases of high-level political...

29/05/2020 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), Rapporteur for follow-up to Parliamentary Assembly Resolution 2293 (2019) on the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the rule of law in Malta, today called on the Maltese authorities to ensure effective investigations into the numerous long-standing...

COVID-19 / Political Affairs Committee: hearing on the role of parliaments and the holding of elections in...

27/05/2020 | Political Affairs and Democracy

In a crisis situation such as the COVID-19 pandemic – where an executive, facing a number of constraints, has to take immediate action – how can parliaments adjust their role as guarantors of stability and democratic legitimacy? How can continuity of parliamentary oversight be ensured and where...

COVID-19 / Missing Children’s Day: missing migrant children need our help

25/05/2020 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“Today on the occasion of International Missing Children’s Day, I would like to call special attention to the problem of missing refugee and migrant children in Europe,” said Serap Yaşar (Turkey, NR), PACE’s rapporteur on “Missing refugee and migrant children in Europe. “The pandemic situation...

Stop jailing journalists: Turkey and Azerbaijan must uphold Council of Europe standards

22/05/2020 | Culture, Science, Education and Media

Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), General Rapporteur on media freedom and the safety of journalists for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), has today expressed concern over the detention of journalists, an appalling phenomenon which has been observed for many years...

“Depriving trans and intersex people of legal gender recognition in Hungary is intolerable”, says General...

22/05/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“The Hungarian Parliament’s enactment this week of a law designed to prevent trans and intersex people from obtaining legal recognition of their gender identity is a flagrant breach of human rights,” declared PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, Fourat Ben Chikha (Belgium, SOC...

The Europe Prize Sub-Committee awards twenty-six distinctions

20/05/2020 | Prizes

The Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize decided on 19 May 2020 to award 8 Plaques of Honour (to municipalities in France, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine), 6 Flags of Honour (to municipalities in Germany, Poland, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine) and 12 European Diplomas (to municipalities in...

COVID-19: ‘Drawing lessons from the pandemic is instrumental in order to respond to future health crisis...

20/05/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

“The member States' health systems will have to strive to adapt in order to be able to better cope in the future with a health emergency such as COVID-19, while respecting fundamental rights and freedoms,” said Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL) who was appointed yesterday as rapporteur on the lessons...

Armenia: PACE monitor welcomes request for Council of Europe expert legal advice

19/05/2020 | Monitoring

“The Armenian authorities have decided to request the opinion of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe’s body of legal experts – on possible changes to the Constitution regarding the Constitutional Court and this is very good news,” said the co-rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of...

Addressing sexual violence against children, a political priority

19/05/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

PACE Committee on Social Affairs has called on Council of Europe member States “to make addressing sexual violence against children a political priority, to make full use of the available resources and to step up their action and increase co-operation”.During a virtual meeting held today, the...

COVID-19: ‘We are not forced to choose between health and privacy, we can have both’ says PACE rapporteur

18/05/2020 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

With COVID-19 raising fears of increased surveillance, PACE’s rapporteur on Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, Selin Sayek Böke (Turkey, SOC), has issued a strong call for a new framework to regulate AI in this area, urging “a new era of citizen empowerment” for health data which will protect...

COVID-19: Parliamentary webinar on sexual and reproductive health and rights

18/05/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The negative impact on sexual and reproductive health and rights of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as innovative solutions to cope with the crisis, were the focus of a parliamentary webinar streamed live via Facebook on 19 May 2020 at 16h CEST.Organised by PACE’s Committee on Equality and Non...