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Presidents of Parliament to gather for Athens Summit

14/10/2021 | News

Presidents of Parliament from the 47 Council of Europe member states, as well as many neighbouring and observer countries and other partner parliamentary assemblies, will meet on 21 and 22 October 2021 in Athens, on the occasion of a conference organised by the Hellenic Parliament and the...

PACE rapporteurs congratulate the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova for adopting the ratification law...

14/10/2021 | Monitoring

In Chisinau, where they are currently carrying out a fact-finding visit, the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Moldova, Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (Latvia, EPP/CD) and Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), made the following statement...

PACE co-rapporteurs to make monitoring visit to the Republic of Moldova

11/10/2021 | Monitoring

Inese Lībiņa-Egnere (Latvia, EPP/CD) and Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of obligations and commitments by the Republic of Moldova, will make a fact-finding visit to the country from 13 to 15...

Ending a working visit to Poland, PACE President calls for a co-ordinated, rights-based response to the...

08/10/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Daems has ended a three-day working visit to Poland, during which he met the Speakers of both Chambers of the Polish Parliament (Sejm and Senate), held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Zbigniew Rau and other senior officials from the government, and held exchanges...

We must do more to end the death penalty, says PACE General Rapporteur

08/10/2021 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

On the occasion of the World Day against the Death Penalty (10 October), PACE General Rapporteur on the abolition of the death penalty Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia, EPP/CD) made the following statement: “This year’s World Day against the Death Penalty is dedicated to women who risk being sentenced...

PACE President expresses concerns regarding the recent detentions of the Crimean Tatars in Crimea

04/10/2021 | President

PACE President Rik Dames today made the following statement: ‘The recent arrests and detentions in Crimea with regard to Crimean Tatars, including the Deputy Head of Mejlis Nariman Dzhelyal, raise serious concerns. This is all the more worrying as some of them, reportedly, were subjected to...

Anchoring the right to a healthy environment: #EnvironmentRightNow

30/09/2021 | President

Welcoming the adoption by the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) of some seven resolutions and five recommendations on the environment and climate change, its President Rik Daems announced the launch of the #EnvironmentRightNow hashtag initiative. “We need this initiative to go viral...

Current affairs debate on 'The Western Balkans between democratic challenges and European aspirations: what...

30/09/2021 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly, during its “hybrid” autumn session, held a current affairs debate on 'The Western Balkans between democratic challenges and European aspirations: what role for the Council of Europe?'. George Papandreou (Greece, SOC) opened the debate and five other members took the...

The situation in Afghanistan requires a ‘coherent, co-ordinated and concerted’ response by Europe

30/09/2021 | Session

Tackling the immediate and future momentous challenges posed by the situation in Afghanistan requires a “coherent, co-ordinated and concerted” response by the international community and Council of Europe member States should “spare no effort” to achieve this objective, the Assembly said today...

North Macedonia's accession to the EU: ‘It is high time to move forward’, says Nikola Dimitrov

30/09/2021 | Session

Addressing the Assembly today, the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs of North Macedonia remained silent in the hemicycle for sixteen seconds. “This is to illustrate the 16 years my country has been a candidate country to the EU, since 2005, and we are still not able to start the journey...

Award ceremony for the 2020 and 2021 European Diplomas to the winning cities

30/09/2021 | Prizes

During a virtual presentation ceremony of the 2020 and 2021 European Diplomas, Kęstutis Masiulis (Lithuania, EPP/CD), Chairperson of the PACE Sub-Committee on the Europe Prize, praised the commitment of the 18 winning cities (12 cities in 2020 and 6 cities in 2021) in favour of a united Europe...

A warm welcome at the Council of Europe for Little Amal, and a pledge of support for other refugee children...

30/09/2021 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

There was a warm welcome today at the Council of Europe for Little Amal, a 3.5m-tall animated puppet of a nine-year-old refugee from Syria, the latest stop on her 8,000-kilometre journey across the continent to raise awareness of the situation of child refugees. “The Walk” is Amal’s epic voyage...