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Call for official recognition of sign languages

23/11/2018 | Standing Committee

PACE has called for the official recognition of sign languages so that deaf persons can “exercise their fundamental rights”. Such recognition would also “contribute to further promoting the richness of deaf culture”.

Finland is a ‘calm and steady hand’ at Council of Europe helm, says President

23/11/2018 | Standing Committee

In a turbulent Europe, PACE President Liliane Maury Pasquier has welcomed the “calm and steady hand” of Finland at the helm of the Council of Europe during the Finnish Presidency of the organisation.

Ensuring access to palliative care and pain treatment

23/11/2018 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee proposed a series of measures to ensure access to palliative care, not just to the terminally ill but also to those who are chronically ill and to persons requiring high levels of individual care.

PACE streamlines procedure for electing judges of the Strasbourg Court

23/11/2018 | Standing Committee

PACE has further improved the way the Assembly elects judges to the European Court of Human Rights, including streamlining the procedure for rejecting lists of candidates which do not meet the required standards.

Promoting international student mobility in Europe

23/11/2018 | Standing Committee

PACE’s Standing Committee called on member States to promote student mobility to and from their countries, through a set of measures on tuition fees, accreditation of diplomas and compatibility between education systems.

Standing Committee to meet in Helsinki

15/11/2018 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee will meet at the Finnish Parliament in Helsinki on Friday 23 November, as Finland begins its six-month presidency of the Council of Europe’s ministerial body (November 2018-May 2019).

‘The priorities of the Croatian Chairmanship correspond fully to those of the Assembly’

01/06/2018 | Standing Committee

Michele Nicoletti warmly welcomed the priorities Croatia has set for its Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, saying that “these correspond fully to the priorities of the Parliamentary Assembly”.

Gordan Jandroković: 'We must protect our shared heritage of values and legislation'

01/06/2018 | Standing Committee

“By joining the Council of Europe, Croatia clearly demonstrated it belonged to the circle of European countries sharing the highest democratic standards,” today said the Speaker of the Croatian Parliament.

Marija Pejčinović Burić: ‘The Croatian Chairmanship intends to work closely with both the Assembly and the...

01/06/2018 | Standing Committee

Marija Pejčinović Burić expressed commitment to have “an active and leading role” in the protection and promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, during the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

More diversity in politics

01/06/2018 | Standing Committee

Women, people with an immigration background, minorities, young people, LGBTI people and persons with disabilities remain under-represented in politics, according to the Standing Committee.

Creating "alternative narratives" to terrorist propaganda

01/06/2018 | Standing Committee

Following the conclusions of the report by Liam Byrne, the Standing Committee, meeting today in Zagreb, has called on member States to create "alternative narratives" to terrorist propaganda and violent extremism.

Guaranteeing accessibility and reasonable accommodation for detainees with disabilities

01/06/2018 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee has asked member States to adapt their legal frameworks to guarantee accessibility and reasonable accommodation to all prisoners with disabilities, whether these are physical, sensory, intellectual or psycho-social.