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Debate on “Saving persons in the Mediterranean Sea: the need for an urgent answer”

30/09/2019 | Session

Adopting its final agenda at the opening of the 2019 Autumn Session, the Assembly decided to hold an urgent debate on saving persons in the Mediterranean Seaand a current affairs debate.

President makes plea for constructive dialogue and maintaining order in ‘our common home’

30/09/2019 | Session

In her opening address, the President made a fervent plea for maintaining order in what she described as “our common home” and for “constructive dialogue, even in the gravest crisis situations”.

2019 Václav Havel Prize shared by Ilham Tohti and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights

30/09/2019 | Session

This seventh Prize has been awarded jointly to imprisoned Uyghur intellectual Ilham Tohti from China and the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR). The prize was presented at a special ceremony today in Strasbourg.

Palais in pink to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month

30/09/2019 | Session

The Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg was illuminated in pink tonight – in a special initiative to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The building will stay illuminated throughout the week of the PACE session.

Amélie de Montchalin: 'Uniting our European family around common values'

30/09/2019 | Session

Amélie de Montchalin, France’s Secretary of State in charge of European Affairs, addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe today on behalf of the French Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

President Macron addresses PACE at its Autumn session

25/09/2019 | Session

On the occasion of the Autumn Session in Strasbourg, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, will address PACE and answer questions from parliamentarians on Tuesday 1 October.

Vice-President in respect of the Russian Federation: the seat remains vacant

28/06/2019 | Session

In the context of the election of a Vice-President of the Assembly in respect of the Russian Federation, the Assembly decided on 25 June to hold a vote by secret ballot on the election of the candidate proposed, Leonid Slutskiy.

Putting an end to policies of pushbacks and expulsion of migrants

28/06/2019 | Session

PACE expressed concern at the pushback policies and practice, which are in clear violation of the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees, including the right to asylum and the right to protection against refoulement.

Free debate on current issues

28/06/2019 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) held on Friday 28 June a free debate on current issues not included in the Summer session 2019 agenda. Ten parliamentarians took the floor.

PACE backs plan for political transition towards peace and stability in Syria

28/06/2019 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly has urged the international community to "seize the current opportunity to find lasting peace” in Syria, and back a UN-led proposal to set up a Constitutional Committee.

Combating violence in all its forms against migrant children

27/06/2019 | Session

The Assembly expressed its concern about the “serious threats” faced by migrant children on their way to Europe and important gaps in the policies and procedures, which limit the legal opportunities for migration in Europe

Combating violence against children should be a national priority

27/06/2019 | Session

PACE has called on member States to make the fight against violence against children a “national priority” and, has encouraged parliaments to step up their involvement in the target 16.2 of the Sustainable Development Goals.