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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...

Standing Committee meeting meets in Rome

Combating discrimination against Roma and Travellers in the field of housing

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee has condemned the fact that many Roma and Travellers in Europe “still live, against their will”, in unsuitable and racially segregated housing on the outskirts of urban areas, often lacking the most basic amenities and vulnerable to forced evictions and demolition, as well...


PACE sets out recommendations on the human rights implications of pornography

26/11/2021 | Standing Committee

PACE is calling for comprehensive sexuality education in schools to become “the main source of information on sexuality for young people”, thus helping prevent the spread of unreliable and potentially harmful information via pornography. Adopting a resolution based on the report by Frank Heinrich...

Roberto Fico

Roberto Fico: 'Multilateralism is no longer an option but a necessity'

25/11/2021 | Standing Committee

“International co-operation is essential if we are to address the major global challenges of our time. We must say it again: multilateralism is no longer an option but a necessity. And it is precisely in this spirit that Italy intends to address its six-month Presidency,” said the President of...

Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati

Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati: progress in the field of combating violence against women 'will not be...

25/11/2021 | Standing Committee

“Progress in the field of combating violence against women will not be the result of laws alone. It is from the educational level, from childhood, that we need to start to develop non-violent gender relations, abandoning the stereotypes that, sometimes unconsciously, hinder the choices and life...

Luigi Di Maio

Luigi Di Maio: 'Effective multilateralism is the driving force behind our Presidency'

25/11/2021 | Standing Committee

“Effective multilateralism is the driving force behind our Presidency, which has prompted us to develop an ambitious programme that will include more than thirty events over the six months, with the aim of advancing the work of the Council of Europe,” said Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio...

Thórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC)

PACE decides on an explicit ban on sexual harassment or misconduct by its members

25/11/2021 | Standing Committee

PACE has revised its Code of Conduct for members to explicitly prohibit “sexism, harassment and sexual violence and misconduct”, and has outlined a procedure for investigating any cases of this behaviour. Adopting a resolution based on a report by Thorhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC), the...

Standing Committee meeting meets in Rome

The role of men in stopping gender-based violence: “half of humanity cannot change the world without the...

25/11/2021 | Standing Committee

“The Istanbul Convention underlines that men and boys have an important role to play to end violence against women. Half of humanity cannot change the world without the other half being on board,” PACE President Rik Daems said today, opening a special event in Rome to mark the International Day...

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Standing Committee met by videoconference

28/05/2021 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) met by videoconference on Friday 28 May 2021. After the opening of the meeting by PACE President Rik Daems, who was present in Budapest, the parliamentarians held an exchange of views with Levente Magyar...

Magyar Levente

Deputy Foreign Minister outlines key priorities for Hungary’s Council of Europe Presidency

28/05/2021 | Standing Committee

Hungarian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Levente Magyar has pledged his country’s commitment to carrying out a successful Presidency of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in the next six months. Speaking at an exchange of views with PACE members during a hybrid meeting of the...

Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL),
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PACE welcomes new strategic framework for the Council of Europe, urges member States to increase funding

28/05/2021 | Standing Committee

PACE has welcomed the new four-year “strategic framework” agreed for the Council of Europe, as well as other reforms under way to enhance its effectiveness, and urged member States to strengthen their financial commitment to the Organisation. Approving a report by Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL), on...


Current affairs debate on the urgent need to relaunch the Middle East peace process and prevent a...

28/05/2021 | Standing Committee

“We must continue to work to resume the Middle East peace process, which should lead to the ‘two peoples, two states’ solution. This option requires restoring what was the basis of the 1993 agreements, namely the mutual and reciprocal recognition between Palestinians and Israelis of the...