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Promoting equal representation of women and men in the Assembly

28/09/2021 | Session

The PACE decided today to amend its Rules of Procedure, in order to encourage national delegations to promote equal representation of women and men in the Assembly, with a view to achieving a minimum participation threshold of 40% for each sex. In a resolution adopted on the basis of the report...

Hungarian Foreign Minister presents the work of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers

28/09/2021 | Session

The situation in Afghanistan, access to Covid vaccines, national minority rights, the persecution of Christian communities worldwide, and promoting family values online were among topics raised by Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjártó, presenting the Communication from the Committee of...

PACE President: 'to lead or not to lead – that is the question'

27/09/2021 | Session

In his opening speech, PACE President Rik Daems referred to the emergence of a new generation of rights, such as the right to know the truth, the right to privacy, or the right to be equal, and urged the Assembly to address these extremely important issues in a holistic and thematic way. He...

PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since the last session

27/09/2021 | Session

The lists of candidates for the posts of judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine; the lists of candidates to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in respect of several...

New guidelines on the scope of immunities enjoyed by PACE members

27/09/2021 | Session

PACE decided today to set clear and objective criteria enabling the privileges and immunities granted to Assembly members to “serve their institutional purpose while preventing the possible misuse of privileges by parliamentarians for personal purposes”. The resolution adopted by PACE, based on a...

Parliamentarians debate a series of far-reaching proposals to ‘anchor’ the right to a healthy environment

23/09/2021 | Session

A series of seven reports for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) are demanding a paradigm shift in international and national law, as well as government policies, to ensure that a healthy environment is recognised as a basic human right. In an unprecedented all-day debate...

Summer session 2021: the Istanbul Convention 10 years on

25/06/2021 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) marked the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) with an event on this topic at its Summer plenary session, taking place...

For a European policy on diasporas

24/06/2021 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly has called for the elaboration of a European policy on diasporas, and has suggested the Council of Europe should take the lead in this work. Adopting a resolution and recommendation based on a report by Paulo Pisco (Portugal, SOC), the parliamentarians spelled out a...

A solidarity mechanism between European countries to relieve migratory pressure on front line countries

24/06/2021 | Session

"The values of our Organisation must be respected. We must show solidarity with the countries receiving these mixed flows of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and help protect the rights of these people, many of whom are extremely vulnerable", said Pierre Alain Fridez (Switzerland...

A ‘window of opportunity’ for determined action to stamp out Afrophobia or anti-Black racism

24/06/2021 | Session

Racism, including Afrophobia or anti-Black racism, is still “rife in Europe”, according to PACE, but recent increased public awareness of the problem has created a “window of opportunity” for determined action to eradicate it. Approving a resolution based on a report by Momodou Malcolm Jallow...

PACE sets out road-map for limiting foreign funding of political parties and campaigns

24/06/2021 | Session

PACE has condemned attempts by states to “interfere improperly or illicitly in democratic decision-making processes” in other states by funding political parties or campaigns – and set out a road-map for cracking down on the practice. Approving a resolution based on a report by Konstantin Kuhle...

Closer EU-Council of Europe cooperation is more important than ever, Secretary General tells PACE

23/06/2021 | Session

Responding to questions from members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić began by emphasising the importance of coordinating work with the European Union in order to avoid duplication. She underlined the shared values of the two...