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Assessing the functioning of the Partnership for Democracy: PACE proposes improvements and recognition for...

25/04/2023 | Session

According to PACE, the Partnership for Democracy, launched in 2010, has achieved its primary goal of establishing structured and value-based co-operation with the neighbouring countries’ parliaments willing to perform a rapprochement with the Assembly on the basis of shared values. PACE recalled...


Spring plenary Session: the situation of Ukrainian civilians, including children, forcibly displaced to...

24/04/2023 | Session

An urgent debate on "The situation of Ukrainian civilians, including children, forcibly displaced or transferred to the Russian Federation or Ukrainian territories under the de facto control of the Russian Federation", with the online intervention of Ukraine’s First Lady Olena Zelenska, was one...


PACE elects a new Vice-President in respect of Italy

24/04/2023 | Session

PACE today elected, at the opening of its Spring 2023 Session, Elisabetta Gardini as a new Vice-President of the Assembly in respect of Italy. Nineteen Vice-Presidents are elected annually at the beginning of an ordinary session and remain in office until the opening of the next session (but a...

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Tiny Kox: 'A parliamentary dimension of the 4th Council of Europe Summit will be ensured'

24/04/2023 | Session

"Although the 4th Summit will be by and large an intergovernmental event, a parliamentary dimension will also be ensured. Our Standing Committee will hold an extraordinary meeting on 15 May in Reykjavik and an Assembly delegation will attend the Summit itself", PACE President Tiny Kox today said...

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović

Annual Report 2022: Commissioner Mijatović calls for renewed commitment to human rights protection to...

24/04/2023 | Session

“The protection of human rights in Europe has suffered serious setbacks in 2022,” said the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, presenting her Annual Report today before the Parliamentary Assembly.  The report largely focuses on the atrocities committed by the Russian...

Ian Liddel-Grainger (United Kingdom, EC/DA)

PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since the last session

24/04/2023 | Session

The PACE contribution to a fourth Council of Europe Summit; the 2023 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize; the activities of the Standing Committee in The Hague (3 March 2023); as well as the observation of the presidential elections in Montenegro and the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria were among...

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Secretary General’s question time at Parliamentary Assembly

24/04/2023 | Session

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has answered parliamentarians’ questions at the PACE Spring session’s Question Time. During a lively Q & A session, Marija Pejčinović Burić underlined the importance of the Fourth Summit of the Heads of State and Government in Reykjavik...

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2023 Winter session: the legal and human rights aspects of Russia's aggression against Ukraine

29/01/2023 | Session

An urgent debate on the legal and human rights aspects of the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine, with the participation of Oleksandra Matviichuk, Head of the Center for Civil Liberties, 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, was one the highlights of the Winter plenary session of the...

Mr Damien COTTIER, Switzerland, ALDE, Rapporteur, AS/Jur

PACE highlights need for international regulation of lethal autonomous weapons systems

27/01/2023 | Session

The development and use of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) – that can select and attack targets without human intervention – requires clear regulation to ensure respect for international humanitarian law and human rights, PACE has said. Approving a resolution based on a report by Damien...

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Support for the development of ‘Open Council of Europe Academic Networks’

27/01/2023 | Session

The Assembly has emphasised the essential role of universities and research institutes in upholding Council of Europe values and entrenching them in the social fabric. In the view of parliamentarians, universities have real potential to facilitate the implementation of Council of Europe...

Joint debate: Recent tensions between Pristina and Belgrade. - Presentation by Mr John HOWELL, United Kingdom, EC/AD, rapporteur, AS/Soc

The Council of Europe should take the lead on preventing environmental damage during armed conflict

26/01/2023 | Session

The Council of Europe should take the lead in creating new legal instruments to prevent environmental damage during armed conflicts and reduce its scale as much as possible, PACE has said. Approving a resolution and recommendation based on a report by John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA), the...

Prime Minister of Iceland calls for justice for Ukraine war victims and a system of accountability for...

26/01/2023 | Session

The Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdóttir, commended the response of the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly to the major crises in the past few years. “It was able to adapt its procedures to continuing its work through the pandemic and demonstrated its unity around the...