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Bulgaria’s parliamentary elections competitive and well-managed, but frequent changes to legal framework...

03/04/2023 | Election observation

Bulgaria’s 2 April early parliamentary elections were competitive and well-managed but, while the legal framework is adequate for holding democratic elections, frequent changes erode trust, undercut efficiency and create challenges to making timely preparations, international observers said in a...

Presidential Election Montenegro 2023

Montenegro’s presidential runoff competitive and well run despite harsh rhetoric and legal uncertainties...

03/04/2023 | Election observation

The second round of Montenegro’s presidential election was competitive and as in the first round candidates were able to campaign freely with fundamental freedoms respected, but the tone was increasingly negative and the gaps in the legal framework became ever more apparent, international...

PACE President Tiny Kox - Bucha Conference

Crimes in Ukraine: ‘justice will be done and delivered, whatever it takes'

31/03/2023 | President

PACE President Tiny Kox has pledged that the Parliamentary Assembly will do everything in its power to ensure accountability for the crimes committed during Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, declaring: “Justice will be done and delivered, whatever it takes.” Speaking by teleconference at the...

Sofia, Bulgaria

PACE to observe the early parliamentary elections in Bulgaria

29/03/2023 | Election observation

A 21-member delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL), will travel to Bulgaria from 31 March to 3 April 2023 to observe the conduct of the early parliamentary elections on 2 April, alongside observers from the OSCE’s Office for...


PACE seminar on access to historic documents to take place in Tirana

28/03/2023 | Parliamentary Support

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) organised a seminar on access to historic documents at the Albanian Parliament in Tirana on 31 March 2023. The seminar, organised by PACE in co-operation with the Parliament of Albania, brought together parliamentarians, experts or...

PACE monitors make fact-finding visit to Georgia

24/03/2023 | Monitoring

Claude Kern (France, ALDE) and Edite Estrela (Portugal, SOC), co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), are to make a fact-finding visit to the country from 27 to 29 March 2023. The visit will focus on recent developments...

Metaverse hearing

The risks and opportunities of the Metaverse

23/03/2023 | Culture, Science, Education and Media

“’I was there!’... The metaverse has what we might call ’near adjacent perceptual proximity’. We know that virtual reality is not real, but we experience it directly all the same, and we tend to respond, both bodily and psychologically, as though it were real,” said Verity McIntosh of the British...

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War against Ukraine and the coming Summit the focus of PACE President’s working visit to France

23/03/2023 | President

Tiny Kox, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), paid a working visit to France on 22 March 2023, during which he discussed the current challenges linked to the war of aggression waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, and its consequences, as well as...

Hearing on torture

Torture in European prisons the focus of a PACE parliamentary hearing in Paris

22/03/2023 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

A former prisoner who leaked videos of torture in Russian prisons, as well as the founder of a Russian human rights organisation and website which published this material, were among participants at a PACE parliamentary hearing on torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in places...

San Marino, Parliament

San Marino: PACE committee encourages the authorities to strengthen the effectiveness of direct democracy

22/03/2023 | Monitoring

The PACE Monitoring Committee today lauded San Marino for its “wide and impressive range of institutional consultation mechanisms and instruments of direct democracy” while expressing concern about the numerous reports that indicate that these consultation mechanisms are “not always used as...

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Statement by the Committee on Legal Affairs on the obstruction of the Lachin Corridor

22/03/2023 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

The Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights today expressed great concern by the humanitarian crisis unfolding due to the ongoing obstruction of the Lachin Corridor. It adopted the following statement: Statement by the Committee on Legal Affairs on the obstruction of the Lachin Corridor

Constantinos Efstathiou (Cyprus, SOC)

Implementation of Court judgments: the Committee on Legal Affairs is concerned about the current trend

22/03/2023 | Legal Affairs and Human Rights

There has been an increase in the number of European Court of Human Rights judgments pending before the Committee of Ministers, from 5,231 at the end of 2019 to 6,256 on 1 March 2023, the PACE Legal Affairs Committee warned today. Having seen previous progress on reducing the backlog, it...