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PACE deplores discriminatory EU agricultural policy, calls for ‘radical shift’ towards sustainability

27/05/2011 | Standing Committee

The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) currently discriminates against new EU member states and needs a “radical shift” to make it fairer and more sustainable, according to PACE. In a resolution adopted today, based on a report by Juha Korkeaoja (Finland, ALDE), the Assembly said it “deplores that 85 per cent of CAP direct payments go to just 18 per cent of farmers, with the largest farms in the old EU member states benefiting the most.”

Public health policies must take the health hazards of heavy metals into account

27/05/2011 | Standing Committee

In a resolution adopted today in Kyiv, PACE called on member states to eliminate as many heavy metals and other metals as possible from the human environment and to prevent their bioaccumulation in nature, the food chain and the human body. In respect of the most toxic heavy metals, such as mercury, member states should prohibit or limit the use of these substances by industry, agriculture and the medical sector – particularly the use of mercury in dental amalgams.

Mevlüt Cavusoglu: 'The priorities of Ukraine’s Chairmanship fully correspond to PACE values'

27/05/2011 | Standing Committee

“The priorities of Ukraine’s Chairmanship – protection of children’s rights, promotion of human rights and the rule of law in the context of democracy and stability in Europe, as well as the strengthening and development of local democracy – fully correspond to the 'core business' and values of our Assembly,” today stressed PACE President at the opening of the PACE Standing Committee in Kyiv.

PACE calls on governments to ‘take all reasonable measures’ to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields

27/05/2011 | Standing Committee

The Parliamentary Assembly, meeting in Kyiv at Standing Committee level, today called on European governments to “take all reasonable measures” to reduce exposure to electromagnetic fields, especially to radio frequencies from mobile phones, “and particularly the exposure to children and young people who seem to be most at risk from head tumours”.

The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields a highlight of the PACE Standing Committee’s debates

19/05/2011 | Standing Committee

The potential dangers of electromagnetic fields and their effect on the environment will be a central focus of the meeting of PACE Standing Committee to be held in Kyiv on Friday 27 May 2011 following the transfer of the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers to Ukraine. Assembly members will hold a debate on the basis of the report by Jean Huss (Luxembourg, SOC) and will adopt a resolution on this issue. The draft text calls for a series of measures to reduce exposure – especially of children and young people – to electromagnetic fields, and in particular radio frequencies emitted by mobile phones.

States must do more to preserve the environment in the Mediterranean

11/03/2011 | Standing Committee

Council of Europe member states and Mediterranean countries must do more to improve, apply and enforce national and international laws on the environment, and apply an integrated ecosystem-based approach in their policies, according to PACE’s Standing Committee.

PACE calls for ‘responsible and appropriate’ use of GMOs in agriculture

11/03/2011 | Standing Committee

There are “numerous and serious” risks linked to the use of genetically modified organisms in agriculture, including many uncertainties about the transfer of genetic material, but they could also, to a certain extent, provide a means of combating famine and the food crisis, PACE’s Standing Committee has said.

Don’t treat young offenders as if they are adults, says PACE

11/03/2011 | Standing Committee

Retribution and punishment should take second place to social measures for the education and rehabilitation of young offenders, PACE Standing Committee said today. In a resolution based on a report by Marietta Karamanli (France, SOC), PACE said depriving children and young people of liberty should be a last resort.

Use of biometric data for ID should not infringe human rights, PACE warns

11/03/2011 | Standing Committee

European states should enhance and modernise the legal framework surrounding biometric data used to identify individuals – such as DNA samples, fingerprinting, retina images or voice recordings – so that their use does not infringe human rights, according to PACE’s Standing Committee.

The values we stand for can defeat dictatorships, says PACE President

11/03/2011 | Standing Committee

"For the Council of Europe the current events in the Arab world are of major importance - not only because they affect peace and security in the region and beyond; but also because of our deep historic and cultural links and our close inter-dependence," PACE President Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said during a current affairs debate of the Standing Committee in Paris.

Belarus: Bureau sets up ad hoc committee

11/03/2011 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee has just approved the setting up of an Ad hoc committee of the Bureau on recent detentions, prosecutions and convictions of members of the opposition in Belarus, tasked with gathering and analysing all relevant information concerning the events of 19 December 2010 following the presidential election in Belarus and subsequent developments in respect of members of the opposition.

PACE warmly welcomes draft convention to combat violence against women

11/03/2011 | Standing Committee

PACE’s Standing Committee has warmly welcomed the draft Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, as the first international binding instrument specifically devoted to this issue and as an important step forward for equality.