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Flight MH17 shot down by a Russian-supplied Buk missile ‘most convincing scenario by far’, says PACE

23/06/2022 | Session

PACE has said that, based on the evidence made available to its rapporteur by Ukrainian and Dutch authorities, it considers “as the most convincing scenario by far” that flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 by a Buk missile made available to military units controlled by the Russian...

Malta’s democratic consolidation requires well-functioning institutions

23/06/2022 | Session

In the framework of its regular periodic reviews of the honouring of membership obligations by Council of Europe member States, the Assembly today debated a report on Malta. The unanimously adopted resolution, based on the report prepared by the Assembly’s co-rapporteurs Bertrand Fournier (France...

King of The Netherlands: 'Brute force and misuse of power can never be allowed to have the last word'

23/06/2022 | Session

“Brute force and misuse of power can never be allowed to have the last word. That conviction is what inspired the Kingdom of the Netherlands to join with nine other countries in 1949 to establish the Council of Europe,” said His Majesty King Willem-Alexander in an address to PACE. The King quoted...

Current affairs debate: "United Kingdom agreement on asylum seekers and the critical government reaction...

23/06/2022 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly, during its summer plenary session, held a current affairs debate on "United Kingdom agreement on asylum seekers and the critical government reaction regarding the European Court of Human Rights decision".Franck Schwabe (Germany, SOC) opened the debate. No report was...

Current affairs debate: "Consequences of the blockade of the Black Sea"

23/06/2022 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly, during its summer plenary session, held a current affairs debate on "Consequences of the blockade of the Black Sea".Oleksii Goncharenko (Ukraine, EC/AD) opened the debate. No report was prepared for a current affairs debate and no text was adopted.

Internet intermediaries must guarantee the quality and plurality of online information, while respecting...

23/06/2022 | Session

PACE today expressed its concern that a handful of internet intermediaries de facto control online information flows, giving them huge economic and technological power, as well as the possibility to influence people's private and social lives, and shape their opinions and choices. Internet...

Making the fight against antisemitic hate speech a priority

22/06/2022 | Session

Deeply concerned by the rise in hatred and violence against Jewish people in Europe, and particularly by online antisemitism, the Assembly has called on Council of Europe member States to adopt strategies or national action plans to prevent and combat antisemitism, and to allocate sufficient...

In address to PACE, Greek President calls for a strengthened Council of Europe

22/06/2022 | Session

In an address to the Parliamentary Assembly, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou called for a stronger Council of Europe and greater multilateralism to tackle the many challenges facing Europe today – ranging from the war in Ukraine to climate change and economic and social upheaval...

Protecting and caring for unaccompanied or separated migrant and refugee children

22/06/2022 | Session

The Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine, as well as the increase in arrivals of asylum seekers and migrants across the Mediterranean Sea, have caused rapidly growing numbers of unaccompanied and separated migrant and refugee children in Europe. Confronted with this worrying situation...

Addressing the needs of refugees and displaced persons and the humanitarian crisis caused by Russia's...

22/06/2022 | Session

PACE today expressed its deep concern about the humanitarian consequences caused by the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, causing the largest population movement since the Second World War. It commended the solidarity of member States in opening their borders on 24 February and the...

Women at the forefront in war and peace

22/06/2022 | Session

PACE has set out ways women can be better protected in conflict situations, more involved in peace negotiations, and better represented in rebuilding and healing in post-conflict situations. Approving a resolution based on a report by Yevheniia Kravchuk (Ukraine, ALDE), the Assembly said women...

Securing safe medical supply chains

21/06/2022 | Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development

The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development has expressed concern about the shortages of medical supplies that increased dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic, due to stockpiling, restrictions on exports, closed borders, and lockdowns. This phenomenon has tended to...