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“Council of Europe has been at the forefront to ensure a prompt, cohesive and strong reaction”, says Della...

14/03/2022 | Session

“The Council of Europe, the depositary and guardian of the fundamental principles of coexistence, respect for human rights, the promotion of democracy and the rule of law, has been at the forefront to ensure a prompt, cohesive and strong reaction”, highlighted Italian Under-Secretary of Foreign...

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PACE holds an extraordinary plenary session to discuss the Russian Federation's armed attack against...

04/03/2022 | News

Following the decision to suspend the Russian Federation’s rights of representation in the Council of Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly is to hold an extraordinary plenary session in hybrid mode on 14 and 15 March 2022.  An urgent debate on "Russian Federation's armed attack against Ukraine: the...

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PACE Winter Session: beating Covid-19 with public health measures, hatred against LGBTI people, football...

28/01/2022 | Session

Debates on beating Covid-19 with public health measures, on combating rising hate against LGBTI people in Europe and alleged violations of their rights in the Southern Caucasus, on football governance – with an intervention by FIFA President Giovanni Infantino – and on the poisoning of Alexei...

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Free debate on current issues

28/01/2022 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held this morning a free debate on current issues not included in the session agenda. Eleven parliamentarians took the floor.

Michael Aastrup Jensen, Denmark

PACE reviews progress of Council of Europe States under monitoring in 2021

28/01/2022 | Session

In adopting a resolution today, based on a report by Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) – a report taking stock of the PACE monitoring activities in 2021 and making a series of assessments of the countries under monitoring procedure or engaged in post-monitoring dialogue, as well as of...

Stefan / Schennach / Austria

Beating Covid-19 with public health measures

27/01/2022 | Session

The governments and parliaments in Council of Europe member States and worldwide must make a paradigm shift to “beating Covid-19 with public health measures, in a human-rights compliant way, once and for all,” according to PACE, meeting today in plenary session in Strasbourg. The parliamentarians...

André Gattolin (France, ALDE)
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No circumstances justify enforced disappearances, says PACE

27/01/2022 | Session

"No circumstances whatsoever, whether a threat of war, a state of war, internal political instability or any other state of emergency, may be invoked to justify enforced disappearances," PACE said today. It deeply regretted that they remain "a common criminal practice even today" in the...

Simone Veil

Emmanuel Macron: ‘We have a responsibility to history but also to the future: to ensure that the memory is...

27/01/2022 | Session

"The history of the Shoah was built with the memory of the survivors. But just as the 20th century saw the annihilation of our relatives and friends, the beginning of the 21st century will see the disappearance of the last eyewitnesses. Soon the generation that was not meant to survive will be...

Bertrand Bouyx (France, ALDE)

Observatory on history teaching to strengthen common values and promote a critical understanding of the past

27/01/2022 | Session

At the end of a special event organised in the hemicycle on the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, the Assembly underlined the crucial importance of history education in strengthening common values and helping young people acquire a...

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Current affairs debate on recent challenges to security in Europe

27/01/2022 | Session

“The risk of a new military confrontation in the heart of Europe is not a remote one,” said Zsolt Nemeth (Hungary, EC/DA), opening a current affairs debate on the topic of recent challenges to security in Europe. Outlining a series of new threats around Europe and the world, Mr Nemeth said the...

Yerevan / Armenia

PACE welcomes Armenia’s successful emergence from crisis, sets out next steps for reform

27/01/2022 | Session

PACE has welcomed the fact that Armenia has “successfully emerged from the serious political crisis triggered by the outcome in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict” as well as its pursuit of reforms and the launch of new projects since the change of political leadership in 2018. Approving a resolution...

Giovanni Infantino, President of the FIFA
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PACE sets out wide-ranging recommendations for placing human rights at the heart of football

26/01/2022 | Session

Football’s main stakeholders must put human rights values at the heart of the sport, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) said today in a wide-ranging resolution on football governance. The adopted text, based on the report prepared by Lord George Foulkes (United Kingdom...