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Children and poverty

Eradicating extreme child poverty in Europe is an international obligation and a moral duty

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

Despite all the efforts being made, poverty, especially extreme child poverty, is far from being eradicated. And in light of “unacceptable situations” Council of Europe member States should “demonstrate the political will to address every dimension of extreme child poverty” and ensure no one is...

Tiny Kox, in Dublin

Speakers of the Irish Parliament, welcoming PACE members to Dublin, reiterate support for Ukraine...

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

The Speakers of the two Houses of the Irish Parliament, the Oireachtas, have welcomed members of PACE to Dublin, underlining the scale of the challenge in dealing with the far-reaching effects of the war in Ukraine, and reiterating their solid support for Ukraine’s people and leaders. Seán Ó...

Current affairs debate, Dublin

PACE parliamentarians debate a fourth Council of Europe summit

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

PACE members have again expressed their strong support for the organisation of a fourth Council of Europe summit, which would bring together the Heads of State or Government of all member States to renew, improve and reinforce the Organisation at a time of dramatic realignment in Europe. Jacques...

Simon Coveney, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence of Ireland

Simon Coveney pledges to press for a fourth summit as soon as possible, to reaffirm the Council of Europe’s...

31/05/2022 | Standing Committee

Irish Foreign and Defence Minister Simon Coveney, Chair of the Committee of Ministers, has said Ireland will do all it can to convene a Fourth Summit as soon as possible, to reaffirm the Council of Europe’s role as “the conscience of Europe”. During an exchange of views with members of PACE’s...

PACE Standing Committee to meet in Berlin

11/02/2022 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which brings together around 60 of the Assembly’s leading members, is to meet in Berlin on 11 March 2022. The committee is due to be welcomed by Bundestag President Bärbel Bas, and will hold an exchange of...

Standing Committee meeting, Rome - Family photo

Standing Committee met in Rome

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) met in Rome on 25-26 November 2021, as Italy began its six-month Presidency of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers. The Standing Committee, which brings together around 60 of the Assembly’s leading...

Marta Cartabia

Fighting corruption and encouraging 'political responsibility'

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

The “Panama papers”, “Paradise papers”, “Laundromats”, and “Pandora papers” scandals have involved allegations that politicians used offshore schemes to evade taxes and conceal assets, raising suspicions of corruption and money laundering. Adopting a resolution based on a report prepared by...

Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC)

Current affairs debate on the situation of migrants on the border of Poland and Belarus

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

"It is obvious that this is a largely organised migration phenomenon, with the active complicity of the Belarusian government, which is conducting what can be described as a 'hybrid war' through these manoeuvres," said Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC), opening a current affairs debate today...

Lord Richard Balfe (United Kingdom, NR), Lord Alexander Dundee (United Kingdom, EC/DA), UNHCR’s Director of International Protection, Grainne O’Hara, Pierre-Alain Fridez (Switzerland, SOC) and Lord Leslie Griffiths (United Kingdom, SOC)

Call on States to support UN and CoE initiatives for the protection of refugees and asylum seekers

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

Concerned about the frequency of expulsions and pushbacks of refugees and asylum seekers at Europe's borders, the PACE Standing Committee recalled that the 1951 Refugee Convention and the European Convention on Human Rights required States “to protect the rights of persons to seek asylum and...


Strengthening the voluntary relocation and resettlement of persons in need of international protection

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee today called on member States and the EU to strengthen and increase the voluntary transfer of migrants in need of humanitarian protection or asylum seekers to third countries for determining their migration status, in particular vulnerable persons in Cyprus, Greece, Italy...

Françoise Hetto Gaasch (Luxembourg, EPP/CD)

Ensuring a better balance between work and private life while catering forthe best interests of the child

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee, meeting in Rome, expressed concern that “the balance between parents’ professional and private lives may be undermined”. The situation could worsen in a context where States must respond to the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the parliamentarians...

Constantinos Efstathiou (Cyprus, SOC)

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on education and culture

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

Long periods of isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic have shown to what degree education and exposure to culture are vital for individual and collective well-being, PACE Standing Committee underlined. And adherence to democratic values and active citizenship, particularly among young people...