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Free debate on current issues

21/01/2019 | Session

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

Winter Session: Finnish President to address the Assembly

14/01/2019 | Session

On the occasion of the Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg (21-25 January 2019), the President of Finland will deliver a speech.

Criminal proceedings: minimum standards for trial waiver systems

12/10/2018 | Session

the Assembly has considered it essential that appropriate safeguards are needed in order to ensure that member States enjoy the potential benefits that trial waiver systems may offer, whilst minimising the threat to human rights.

Smolensk crash: Russia should hand over the aircraft wreckage to Polish authorities ‘without further delay’

12/10/2018 | Session

PACE has called on Russia to “hand over the wreckage of the Polish Air Force Tu-154 to the competent Polish authorities without further delay”, in a manner that “avoids any further deterioration” of potential evidence.

Greater safety guarantees for nuclear power stations

11/10/2018 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly has spelled out a series of steps governments should take to improve the safety of nuclear power stations in Europe – and minimise the risk of accidents or terror attacks.

Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: “It is through synergy that we will succeed to strengthen democracy”

11/10/2018 | Session

"It is through synergy that we will succeed to strengthen democracy in Europe and to counter temptations to recentralize that are nothing more than a step backwards", said Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, President of the Congress.

Secretary General’s dialogue with Assembly members

11/10/2018 | Session

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland replied to questions from members of the Parliamentary Assembly in a question and answer session during the Assembly’s Autumn session.

Ensuring the success of decentralisation processes in Europe

11/10/2018 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly reaffirmed the key role of decentralisation in ensuring better responsiveness of public services to local needs and strengthening confidence in public authorities.

Migrants and refugees: fostering the right to family reunification and women’s role in the integration process

11/10/2018 | Session

Stressing that the right to family life applies to everyone, including refugees and migrants, the Assembly called on member States to develop common guidelines to implement the right to family reunification.

‘Pursuing a constructive dialogue between the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly’

10/10/2018 | Session

“The Committee of Ministers is determined to pursue a constructive dialogue and close co-operation with the Assembly. It is by joining forces that we will be able to address current challenges,” said Marija Pejčinović Burić today.

PACE suggests ways to prevent radicalisation

10/10/2018 | Session

PACE has urged member states to fight radicalisation by putting an end to any foreign funding of Islam which is proved to be used for the purpose of “national political expansion into other States under the guise of Islam”.

It’s time to end discrimination against rainbow families

10/10/2018 | Session

The Assembly has called for the elimination of all unjustified differences in treatment in the field of private and family life based on grounds of sexual orientation. States should “work vigorously” to combat prejudice.