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#RoadToReykjavik: towards an ambitious summit for protecting the environment

26/04/2023 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Assembly’s Parliamentary Network for a Healthy Environment has urged Council of Europe leaders – meeting at the Reykjavik Summit in three weeks – to place the protection of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment high on their agenda. “Governments should seize this...

The European Court of Human Rights

PACE elects Sebastian Răduleţu judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Romania

26/04/2023 | Session

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) today elected Sebastian Răduleţu as judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Romania. Mr Răduleţu, having obtained a majority of votes cast, is elected judge of the European Court of Human Rights for a term of office of nine...

Simon Moutquin

Assembly urges support for Türkiye and Syria following earthquakes, and greater preparedness for disasters

26/04/2023 | Session

PACE has urged Council of Europe member states to show their support for the authorities of Türkiye and Syria following the earthquakes that recently struck both countries, and called more widely for greater preparedness for “natural” disasters and extreme events. Unanimously approving a...

PACE rapporteurs react to vote on UK’s Illegal Migration Bill

26/04/2023 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

Joint statement by George Katrougalos (Greece, UEL), rapporteur for “The European Convention on Human Rights and national constitutions” and Constantinos Efstathiou (Cyprus, SOC), rapporteur for “Implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights” “In two resolutions adopted this...

Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland

Icelandic Foreign Minister: Ukraine, core values high on agenda at Reyjkavik Summit

25/04/2023 | Session

“Support and solidarity with Ukraine is one of the main priorities of our Presidency and we have worked hard to ensure that the outcome of the Reykjavík Summit in May further strengthens our collective resolve,” said Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Iceland...

Ms Síofra O'LEARY President of the European Court of Human Rights

The Reykjavik Summit is the response of the member States to the Russian Federation’s aggression against...

25/04/2023 | Session

"The Russian Federation is writing a bloody page in European history, waging a barbaric war of aggression to achieve its imperialistic objectives. It is exactly because our deepest values are being trampled upon that we must reaffirm our identity. The Reykjavik Summit is the response of the...

George Katrougalos

PACE encourages dialogue between Strasbourg and national courts

25/04/2023 | Session

While Council of Europe member states must implement the final judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, and comply with any interim measures it issues, national courts and the Strasbourg Court should show “mutual respect” and engage in judicial dialogue to uphold human rights, according...


Assessing the functioning of the Partnership for Democracy: PACE proposes improvements and recognition for...

25/04/2023 | Session

According to PACE, the Partnership for Democracy, launched in 2010, has achieved its primary goal of establishing structured and value-based co-operation with the neighbouring countries’ parliaments willing to perform a rapprochement with the Assembly on the basis of shared values. PACE recalled...

Hearing on sport

Strong views at a PACE hearing on whether athletes from Russia and Belarus should be excluded from the...

25/04/2023 | Culture, Science, Education and Media

A PACE parliamentary hearing on excluding Russian and Belarusian athletes from taking part in the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics brought together key players from all sides of the debate, and heard a range of strong views on the topic. The event, which took place during the Assembly’s...

Paul Gavan (Ireland, UEL)

PACE Rapporteur seeks access to Lachin corridor to see at first hand the situation on the ground

24/04/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

Paul Gavan (Ireland, UEL), rapporteur on “Addressing the humanitarian consequences of the blockade of the Lachin corridor” made the following statement: "On 23 April 2023, I was informed that a border checkpoint was established by the Republic of Azerbaijan at the starting point of the Lachin...


PACE elects a new Vice-President in respect of Italy

24/04/2023 | Session

PACE today elected, at the opening of its Spring 2023 Session, Elisabetta Gardini as a new Vice-President of the Assembly in respect of Italy. 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...

boat / migrants / saving / lives

PACE committee expresses grave concerns regarding the United Kingdom’s Illegal Migration Bill

24/04/2023 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting on the margins of the Assembly’s plenary session in Strasbourg, has adopted the following declaration, proposed at the initiative of Lord Leslie Griffiths (United...