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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Strengthening the role of young people in conflict resolution and political processes

28/05/2021 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting today by videoconference, deplores that nearly six years after the adoption of the first landmark resolution of the UN Security Council on youth, peace and security, little progress has been made and that the potential of young people as agents of peace actors...

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Call for parliamentary mobilization in favor of the UN Global Compacts for Migrants and Refugees

28/05/2021 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee called on national parliaments to mobilize for the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Global Compacts for Migrants and Refugees by all Council of Europe member states. The parliamentarians are convinced "that by joining forces, parliaments can change the...

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Forced landing of civilian airliner in Belarus: “It represents a danger to civilian flights everywhere”

28/05/2021 | Standing Committee

“The first thing we should do is call for the immediate release of Roman Protasevich and the release of all other political prisoners in Belarus,” today said John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA) opening a current affairs debate on 'The forced landing by the Belarusian authorities on 23 May of...

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Strengthening humanitarian action for refugees in countries in North Africa and the Middle East

28/05/2021 | Standing Committee

The humanitarian situation of refugees and migrants is extremely serious in many countries in North Africa and the Middle East, which is a transit region towards Europe for these people, many of whom risk their lives on the Mediterranean Sea, the PACE Standing Committee said, meeting by...

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Standing Committee: current affairs debates on "Democracies facing Covid-19: the way forward" and on...

19/03/2021 | Standing Committee

At the opening of the Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting by videoconference today, the parliamentarians decided to hold two current affairs debates, one on "Democracies facing Covid-19: the way forward" and a second one on "Developments...