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Credentials of the Spanish delegation to PACE challenged on grounds of political balance

24/06/2019 | Session

The credentials of the Spanish delegation to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly were challenged on procedural grounds at the opening of the PACE’s Summer session today in Strasbourg.

Amélie de Montchalin: ‘We must preserve the pan-European dimension of the Council of Europe’

24/06/2019 | Session

“As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe, we can measure the progress made since 1949 and the fact that this organisation is more essential than ever,” said Amélie de Montchalin.

Summer Session: report on PACE decision-making process concerning credentials and voting

21/06/2019 | Session

A debate on the decision-making process of the Assembly concerning credentials and voting will be a highlight of the PACE Summer session, which takes place in Strasbourg from 24 to 28 June.

Social media companies must do more to stop unlawful material and counter disinformation

12/04/2019 | Session

Approving a resolution based on a report by José Cepeda, the Assembly called for better fact-checking and content-moderation, identifying and warning users and blocking such material in the most serious cases.

Free debate on current issues

12/04/2019 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held this afternoon a free debate on current issues not included in the session agenda. Twelve parliamentarians took the floor.

PACE recommends the waiving of anonymity for all future human gamete donations

12/04/2019 | Session

“Anonymity should be waived for all future gamete donations in Council of Europe member States,” PACE said today, after a debate in plenary session in Strasbourg, in adopting a recommendation based on the report by Petra De Sutter.

The Assembly amends provisions of its Rules of Procedure

11/04/2019 | Session

The Assembly amended various provisions of its Rules to accommodate the changes in parliamentary practice, while drawing on the discussions in the Ad hoc Committee of the Bureau on the role and mission of the Assembly.

Nikol Pashinyan: ‘Armenia is today unequivocally a democratic country’

11/04/2019 | Session

“Armenia is today unequivocally a democratic country with absolute freedom of expression, and our government is continuing to enhance respect for human rights,” said Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia.

PACE urges international action against money-laundering ‘laundromats’

11/04/2019 | Session

PACE is deeply concerned by the extent of money laundering in member States, also known as the “Global”, the “Azerbaijani” and the “Troika" Laundromats, and has urged improved national mechanisms to combat it.

More needs to be done to improve the situation of migrants and refugees on the Greek islands

11/04/2019 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly today expressed serious concern regarding the humanitarian situation of asylum seekers in the reception and identification centres on the Greek islands as well as on mainland Greece.

Prime Minister Bakhtadze hails Georgia as a ‘country on the rise’

10/04/2019 | Session

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze has hailed the progress Georgia has made since it joined the Council of Europe, citing a more independent judiciary and greater oversight of human rights.

Politicians have a 'moral responsibility' to combat hate speech

10/04/2019 | Session

The Assembly expressed its concern at the upsurge in hate speech which incites xenophobia, racial hatred, antisemitism, islamophobia and intolerance, and which targets in particular minorities, immigrants, women and LGBTI persons.