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Council of Europe parliamentarians to meet in Sarajevo

15/05/2015 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly is to meet in Sarajevo on 22 May, ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina's six-month chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: ensuring an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment

06/03/2015 | Standing Committee

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder affects 3.3 million children and adolescents in the EU alone. According to the Assembly, meeting today in Paris at Standing Committee level, ensuring an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment of ADHD is essential.

Fostering democratic participation of migrant diasporas

06/03/2015 | Standing Committee

PACE has proposed a set of steps to be taken by member States to improve the democratic participation of diasporas in Europe, including giving foreigners the right to vote and stand in elections.

Call for greater transparency from European institutions imposing austerity

06/03/2015 | Standing Committee

PACE has expressed concern at “the impact on social and economic rights” of austerity measures imposed on certain eurozone states and called for greater transparency from the EU in such decisions on financial assistance.

Rule of law: states slow to make changes to boost judges’ independence

06/03/2015 | Standing Committee

Several Council of Europe member States are still not implementing some Assembly recommendations aimed at securing “a fully independent and decently resourced judiciary” Standing Committee has concluded.

Obstacles to student mobility must be removed

06/03/2015 | Standing Committee

On the basis of the conclusions of Christian Barilaro, the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly has called on member states to increase funding for students to encourage their mobility.

PACE Standing Committee meets in Paris

27/02/2015 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee meets today in Paris. Debates notably include threats to the rule of law in Council of Europe member States and democratic participation for migrant diaspora.

PACE condemns Azerbaijan’s use of prisoner transfer treaty in ‘Safarov case’

19/11/2014 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee has condemned the use by Azerbaijan of a prisoner transfer treaty to justify the immediate release of an Azerbaijani soldier, convicted of murdering an Armenian soldier in Hungary.

Didier Reynders: "Strengthening co-operation on disturbing developments"

18/11/2014 | Standing Committee

"The Ukrainian crisis remains at the heart of our concerns. I shall shortly be travelling to Ukraine and Russia as Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers," Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders said.

Anne Brasseur: “Working together to find solutions to defend democracy”

18/11/2014 | Standing Committee

“We have the enormous responsibility of working together to find solutions to defend democracy, human rights and the rule of law, because we know that our principles and values are under serious threat,” said Anne Brasseur.

A leading role for Belgium in the Council of Europe during its presidency, says Senate President

18/11/2014 | Standing Committee

"Belgium sees its Presidency as an opportunity to play a leading role in the work of the Council of Europe in terms of promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law," said Christine Defraigne.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: interethnic divisions a key feature of the elections

18/11/2014 | Standing Committee

Despite an appropriate legal framework for holding democratic elections, and the fact that political parties, coalitions and independent candidates could campaign freely, “the interethnic divide was a key factor”.