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Edi Rama: ‘the faith of Albania and its European destiny is our anchor to the future’

12/10/2022 | Session

“The faith of Albania and its European destiny is our anchor to the future. No matter what storms or fogs Europe encounters, Albanians cannot but imagine sharing the journey, even if it turns out to be a tumultuous one,” Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said today, addressing the Parliamentary...

Preventing pushbacks at land and sea and protecting victims

12/10/2022 | Session

PACE has noted that border pushbacks have taken on worrying proportions, both at land and sea, and that they render the plight of migrants and refugees even harsher, heightening the risk to lose one’s life in a very perilous journey. It therefore called on member States to “change the law and...

Asylum seekers: improving the assessment of the safety of third countries

12/10/2022 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly expressed its concern about the current tendency of returning or transferring asylum seekers to third countries without clarity on the safety of the respective third country. In adopting a resolution, based on the report by Stephanie Krisper (Austria, ALDE), PACE called...

Ireland’s President Higgins: we need a longer-term vision of the Council of Europe’s role in a post...

11/10/2022 | Session

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins has called for a longer-term vision of the Council of Europe’s role in a post-conflict Europe, and how that might fit within the wider multilateral architecture, in order to effectively uphold human rights, the rule of law and democracy whilst ensuring there...

PACE calls for new impetus in the EU enlargement process for the Western Balkans

11/10/2022 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has called on the European Union to give new impetus to the enlargement process for the Western Balkans, “rewarding progress in compliance with criteria” and fostering a climate of trust. “It is imperative not to lose the focus on the...

PACE calls for action to combat Islamophobia

11/10/2022 | Session

The Assembly today expressed its deep concern at the constant increase in signs of Islamophobia in Europe, which has reached a dramatic spike in recent years. According to the adopted resolution, based on the report by Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), anti-Muslim racism is manifested through...

PACE urges states not to abuse the Schengen Information System, resulting in unjustified entry refusals

11/10/2022 | Session

States should not “misuse” the EU’s Schengen Information System (SIS) by making unjustified alerts, including on politically motivated grounds, PACE has said. Approving a resolution based on a report by Ziya Altunyaldiz (Türkiye, NR), the Assembly said that – while states had a sovereign right...

Secretary General underlines importance of a 4th Council of Europe Summit

11/10/2022 | Session

In her dialogue with members of the Parliamentary Assembly, Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić underlined the strong support of the High Level Reflection Group for a fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe. The Summit would be an occasion for all Member...

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

10/10/2022 | Session

The PACE contribution to a fourth Council of Europe Summit; the participation of the delegation of the Assembly of Kosovo* in Assembly debates; the 2022 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize; as well as the observation of the early parliamentary elections in Bulgaria and the general elections in Bosnia...

Current affairs debate: "Military hostilities between Azerbaijan and Armenia, including strikes against...

10/10/2022 | Session

"The pressing need now is for both sides to reengage in peace talks without further delay. We need to see much greater effort from the international community to ensure that this happens. Above all, we cannot have this issue being subject to global political gains between superpowers vying for...

President of Swiss Confederation calls for new political momentum for the Council of Europe

10/10/2022 | Session

“The crises we are going through today – foremost among them Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine - force us to question what we used to take for granted. They remind us of our duty to stand up for the values we hold dear, and that have been cherished by the Council of Europe since its...

PACE elects a new Vice-President in respect of France

10/10/2022 | Session

PACE today elected, at the opening of its Autumn 2022 Session, Bertrand Bouyx as a new Vice-President of the Assembly in respect of France. Nineteen Vice-Presidents are elected annually at the beginning of an ordinary session and remain in office until the opening of the next session (but a Vice...