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George Katrougalos (Greece, UEL)
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PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since the last session

23/01/2023 | Session

The PACE contribution to the 4th Council of Europe Summit; the lists of candidates for the posts of judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Denmark and Iceland; the activities of the Standing Committee in Reykjavik (25 November 2022); and elections observations, were among the...

Debate: Addressing the issue of foreign Daech fighters and their families returning from Syria and elsewhere in Council of Europe member states - Presentation by Pieter OMTZIGT, Netherlands, EPP/CD, rapporteur, AS/Jur

Daesh foreign fighters who have committed serious crimes should face an international tribunal, says PACE

23/01/2023 | Session

The “best solution” for Daesh foreign fighters who have perpetrated acts of genocide and other serious crimes under international law would be to prosecute them before an international tribunal, PACE has said, given the international nature of the crimes committed, and that Daesh fighters come...

PACE President Tiny Kox meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the creation of an ad hoc tribunal to investigate the Russian crime of aggression against Ukraine

Dutch support for ad hoc tribunal on the crime of aggression

18/01/2023 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox has warmly welcomed the strong support of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte for the creation of an ad hoc tribunal to investigate the crime of aggression with regard to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a Council of Europe member State. The Netherlands is willing and able to...

Minister of Foreign Affairs Pekka Haavisto and PACE President Tiny Kox

On the #RoadToReykjavik, PACE President holds high-level meetings in Finland

16/01/2023 | President

Tiny Kox, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), paid a working visit to Finland on 12 and 13 January 2023, where he discussed the relevance of multilateralism in the current challenging context of the war of aggression by the Russian Federation against Ukraine...

PACE monitors for Türkiye meet Osman Kavala

13/01/2023 | Monitoring

Following a meeting with Osman Kavala at the Silivri prison today, the PACE rapporteurs for the monitoring of Türkiye, John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Boriss Cilevičs (Latvia, SOC), have again called on the Turkish authorities to implement the judgments of the European Court of Human...

Helsinki / Parliament / Finland

President to make a working visit to Finland

11/01/2023 | President

The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Tiny Kox, will make a working visit to Finland on 12-13 January. He will hold a series of high-level meetings, in particular with the Speaker of Parliament, Matti Vanhanen, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Pekka...

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PACE monitors to visit Türkiye

11/01/2023 | Monitoring

PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Türkiye John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) are to make a fact-finding visit to the country from 12-13 January 2023 to discuss the latest developments in relation to the case of Osman Kavala. In Ankara, the co-rapporteurs are...

Illustration by Kateryna Rak “Children of Ukraine for Peace”

‘The pursuit of peace’ – a New Year’s message from PACE President Tiny Kox

01/01/2023 | President

"The pursuit of peace based upon justice and international co-operation is vital for the preservation of human society and civilisation.” This simple insight, cited in its founding Statute, inspired the creation of the Council of Europe in 1949, only four years after the end of a devastating...

The Palais of the Council of Europe, illuminated in the colours of Ukraine.

#HourForUkraine: on the 300th day of Russia’s war of aggression, the Council of Europe ‘goes dark’ in...

21/12/2022 | President

The Palais de l’Europe, the headquarters of the Council of Europe, went dark tonight as part of the #HourForUkraine initiative, joining other iconic buildings around the world to show solidarity with millions of Ukrainians, who are currently living with no electricity, heating or water as a...

Migrants migration refugees

The ECHR and multilateralism as safeguards for equal rights

16/12/2022 | Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons

On International Migrants Day, Theodoros Rousopoulos (Greece, EPP/CD), the Chairperson of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons, recalled the importance of upholding human rights for all. This should become a reality in the 21st century for migrants and refugees. The...

Armenia - Azerbaijan

PACE monitors urge the restoration of freedom of movement along the Lachin corridor

16/12/2022 | Monitoring

“We are deeply concerned by the interruption of freedom of movement in the Lachin corridor, causing considerable hardship to the population,” the four co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Azerbaijan and Armenia have declared in a joint...

Piero Fassino, Italy

Committee reviews progress of member States under monitoring in 2022

15/12/2022 | Monitoring

The Monitoring Committee today adopted its annual report taking stock of its monitoring activities in 2022 and making a series of assessments of the countries under a full monitoring procedure or engaged in post-monitoring dialogue, as well as of countries that are currently subject to the...