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Angela Merkel to address PACE spring session

15/04/2021 | Session

On the occasion of the German Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth will participate in the spring session of PACE (19-22 April 2021) which will take place in a hybrid format. The President of the European...

PACE to observe the parliamentary elections in Albania

15/04/2021 | Election observation

An 18-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Aleksander Pociej (Poland, EPP/CD), will observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections in Albania, alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and the OSCE Office for Democratic...

2021 Europe Prize awarded to Khmelnytskyi (Ukraine)

15/04/2021 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The 2021 Europe Prize – the highest level of the Prize which is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to the town most active in promoting the European ideal – has been awarded to Khmelnytskyi in Ukraine. Khmelnytskyi is a city of 290 000 inhabitants...

General Rapporteur on media freedom appalled by the assassination of an investigative journalist in Greece

13/04/2021 | 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 his horror at the murder of Giorgos Karaivaz, a veteran Greek crime reporter who was shot several times outside...

Strengthening youth participation in conflict resolution and political processes

12/04/2021 | Culture, Science, Education and Media

The Committee on Culture, Science, Education and Media, meeting today by videoconference, deplores that nearly six years after the adoption of the first landmark resolution of the UN Security Council on youth, peace and security, little progress has been made and that the potential of young...

Migration Committee Chair expresses deep concern over the fate of alleged captives and missing persons from...

12/04/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

“I am deeply concerned about the fate of the alleged captives and missing persons from the recent conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” Pierre Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), Chair of the PACE Migration Committee said after an exchange of views on this issue in the Committee. “This is all...

Upholding values and human rights in football governance

09/04/2021 | Culture, Science, Education and Media

FIFA President, Gianni Infantino, and Lord George Foulkes of Cumnock (United Kingdom, SOC), PACE rapporteur on “Football governance: business and values” held on 8 April talks via videoconference, addressing a number of key issues for sport and for society. “We had a very constructive discussion...

Joint conference on global challenges and threats in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic

09/04/2021 | Political Affairs and Democracy

The PACE Political Affairs Committee will organise an international conference on 15 April by videoconference on “Global challenges and threats in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic: terrorism and violent extremism”, together with the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the Commonwealth of...

‘Give a voice to Roma youth and civil society organisations in Parliaments’

08/04/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of International Roma Day, Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), General Rapporteur on Combating Racism and Intolerance, made the following statement: “Fifty years ago today, the First World Romani Congress was held in London. This date, 8 April, was chosen as International Roma...

President pays tribute to Dame Cheryl Gillan

06/04/2021 | President

Following the passing away of Cheryl Gillan (United Kingdom, EC/DA), Chairperson of the Assembly's Political Affairs Committee, PACE President Rik Daems made the following statement: "I was deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of Dame Cheryl Gillan. A most dedicated European and a...

Bulgaria’s competitive parliamentary elections well run, but impacted by media shortcomings and significant...

05/04/2021 | Election observation

Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections were competitive and efficiently run despite the difficult circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and fundamental freedoms were respected. However, the massive use of state resources gave the ruling party a significant advantage, and a lack of editorial...

PACE President, ending visit to Turkey, emphasises need to work together to make progress ('ilerleme')

01/04/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems, ending a working visit to Turkey, has recalled the importance of dialogue, trust, mutual respect and working together as partners to overcome challenges and make progress (ilerleme in Turkish). The President visited the country from 29 to 31 March at the invitation of...