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Reinforcing the effectiveness of Council of Europe treaty law

21/05/2010 | Standing Committee

While recalling that the Council of Europe plays a major role in setting standards in the human rights field and in developing international law, the Assembly today called on member states to renew their commitment vis-à-vis this normative corpus. To this end, the number of ratifications of treaties – particularly the more basic conventions – must increase. Furthermore, existing treaties must be re-examined and updated as appropriate or indeed, in extreme cases, abrogated, the parliamentarians said.

European civil aviation: call for a coordinated regulatory framework

21/05/2010 | Standing Committee

The European air transport industry, which in normal times provides employment for over 3 million people in the EU, has been put under severe pressure by the recession. And although prospects have improved with the recent recovery of economic activity, the air transport industry faces a range of intensifying challenges. The Assembly called on European States to implement a supportive and above all better coordinated European regulatory framework so to respond to challenges such as industry consolidation, alliances and cost-reduction as well as fine-tuning the response to demand.

Gender budgeting as a tool for safeguarding women’s health

21/05/2010 | Standing Committee

Gender budgeting is a tool for safeguarding women’s health, PACE said today. Adopting a report by Ingrida Circene (Latvia, PP/CD), the parliamentarians said that since health research shows that disease differs between men and women, strategies of prevention and treatment should be adapted to their differing needs. Governments, they said, should be much more aware of gender differences in developing health policies and use gender-budgeting techniques to allocate resources in a fair and efficient way.

PACE welcomes the Code of good practice in the field of political parties

21/05/2010 | Standing Committee

The Assembly today welcomed the new code of Code of good practice in the field of political parties, prepared by the Venice Commission. The report by Pedro Agramunt (Spain, EPP/CD) considers it "a systematic repertoire of best practice in Europe", offering public authorities and courts a yardstick to assess the practice of political parties continent-wide. The Assembly should forward it to national delegations, parliaments and political parties.

PACE encourages use of geothermal energy

21/05/2010 | Standing Committee

In a resolution adopted today in Skopje, PACE invited member states to “encourage the use of geothermal energy”. According to the Assembly, in order to achieve this goal it is essential, to “increase realisation and awareness among the general public and potential investors of the advantages of geothermal technologies”, and to set up suitable “strategic research programmes, financing and insurance schemes”.

Implementing the institutional improvements the Council of Europe needs

21/05/2010 | Standing Committee

The Assembly elected the Council of Europe’s new Secretary General, Thorbjorn Jagland, by a significant majority, with a clear mandate to pursue reform, and should now aim to assist him in implementing the institutional improvements he envisages, the Assembly said today. Given the current difficulties, 2011 must therefore be regarded as a year of transition, the parliamentarians believe.

Action against sex offenders: sharing information among member states is crucial

21/05/2010 | Standing Committee

In a resolution adopted today in Skopje, the PACE urged member to “increase the quality, quantity and regularity of the information they share with other member states on sex offenders” for effective oversight of their movements from one country to another, and to do so in compliance with the provisions of the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data.

PACE President expresses support for the priorities of the CM Chairmanship

21/05/2010 | Standing Committee

"The priorities of the Macedonian Chairmanship [of the Committee of Ministers] largely coincide with those that I promote as President of the Parliamentary Assembly,” today said Mevlüt Çavusoglu at the opening of the PACE Standing Committee in Skopje.

PACE Standing Committee to meet in Skopje

12/05/2010 | Standing Committee

PACE Standing Committee will be meeting in Skopje on Friday 21 May 2010 to discuss the priorities of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, which, since yesterday, has held the chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, the Organisation’s executive body. After the opening of the meeting by Mevlüt Çavusoglu, President of the PACE, and a welcoming address by Trajko Veljanoski, President of the Assembly of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, the Standing Committee will hold an exchange of views with Antonio Miloshoski, Minister for Foreign Affairs of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, who will be chairing the Committee of Ministers for the next six months.

Helping children who witness domestic violence

12/03/2010 | Standing Committee

PACE Standing Committee, meeting in Paris today, called for the appropriate inclusion of the aspect of children who witness domestic violence into a future Council of Europe Convention focussing on violence against women. It invited member states to develop comprehensive social services and educational strategies aimed at preventing the intergenerational transfer of domestic violence. The report, presented by Carina Ohlsson (Sweden, SOC), also proposed to develop the Council of Europe Platform on Childrens’ Rights launched in June 2009.

Minority protection in Europe: deficiencies in the implementation of common standards

12/03/2010 | Standing Committee

"Eleven years after the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities came into force, eight member states have still not ratified it, and restrictive declarations and reservations sometimes hinder its operation", according to Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), speaking at a meeting of the Standing Committee in Paris today. In a recommendation adopted on the basis of his report, the PACE asked the Committee of Ministers to increase efforts to achieve speedy ratification of the Convention.

Fight against tax evasion: PACE in favour of retroactivity with regard to data exchange

12/03/2010 | Standing Committee

The Assembly today adopted, in its Standing Committee, an opinion on the draft protocol to the Convention on mutual administrative assistance in tax matters. In its opinion, prepared by Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), PACE paid special attention to the need to protect personal data, as well as administrative assistance in criminal tax matters and the compatibility of the text with European Union law.