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Possible changes to PACE’s Rules of Procedure dominate autumn session

08/10/2018 | Session

“The debate on possible changes to our Rules of Procedure will dominate the Session. The question is whether our rules enable our Assembly to perform its functions effectively or if they need to be adapted,” the President said.

PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since last session

08/10/2018 | Session

The debate on the progress report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly, presented by Rósa Björk Brynjólfsdóttir today, has covered the following themes:

Autumn session: decision-making process concerning credentials and voting

01/10/2018 | Session

At its autumn session in Strasbourg (8-12 October 2018), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is due to discuss the strengthening of its decision-making process concerning credentials and voting.

A plan for curbing the deliberate destruction or illegal trafficking of cultural heritage

02/07/2018 | Session

PACE has spelled out a series of steps member States can take to stop the illegal trafficking or – worse – the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage objects, including in architecturally sensitive combat zones.

Promoting women's empowerment in the economy

29/06/2018 | Session

PACE has invited member States to take a series of measures to promote the empowerment of women in the economy, whether they are women employees, in management positions, entrepreneurs, or as regards education and awareness raising.

Call for the release of all Ukrainians detained in the Russian Federation and in Crimea on “politically...

28/06/2018 | Session

As many as 70 Ukrainian citizens widely considered to be political prisoners are still detained in Crimea or the Russian Federation on politically motivated or fabricated charges. The Assembly called for their release.

The future of the Council of Europe depends on respect for its underlying precept – “effective...

28/06/2018 | Session

For the future of the Council of Europe to be secured, we must respect its underlying precept of effective multilateralism, in other words the process of seeking solutions together with due regard for international law, said Jean Asselborn.

PACE spells out strict conditions for removing a child from the family as a ‘last resort’

28/06/2018 | Session

Social welfare decisions to remove children from the family should be "a last resort", only for the necessary period of time, and be a proportionate response to a "real risk of actual and serious harm", PACE has said.

Strengthening the prevention of and fight against forced marriage

28/06/2018 | Session

Forced marriage involves a series of violent acts against, primarily, women and girls – but also men and boys – and violates their rights to physical integrity, physical and mental health, freedom and autonomy, said PACE.

The Council of Europe is not an ‘à la carte menu’ where we choose what we want

27/06/2018 | Session

The Council of Europe is not an ‘à la carte menu’. We should not merely enjoy the benefits of the membership; we should also honour and respect its obligations, Peter Pellegrini, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, said today.

Concern about new restrictions on NGO activities

27/06/2018 | Session

PACE expressed its concern over new restrictions imposed on NGOs activities in several member States. The space for civil society has been shrinking, especially in the area of human rights, it said.

States urged to save all lives at sea, and to insist on rights if migration control is 'outsourced'

27/06/2018 | Session

Council of Europe member States should put the protection of human life above all other considerations during sea rescues, PACE has said after a series of debates on the migration and refugee crisis.