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Enhancing participation of women from under-represented groups in political and public decision-making

15/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Although significant progress has been made with regard to the participation of women in political and public decision-making in Europe, such progress is too slow and uneven. In addition, there is still a lack of participation and representation in political and public decision-making of women...

All member States should play by the same rules, based on equal standards

15/03/2021 | President

On the first day of his working visit to the Russian Federation, the President of the Assembly met with Vyacheslav Volodin, Speaker of the State Duma, and Valentina Matvienko, Speaker of the Federation Council. Discussions focused on the 25th anniversary of the Russian Federation’s membership of...

Statement by the PACE pre-electoral delegation ahead of the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria

12/03/2021 | Election observation

A pre-electoral delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visited Sofia to assess the election campaign and the state of preparations for the parliamentary elections to be held on 4 April 2021. The PACE pre-electoral delegation recalls that the Assembly has...

Violence against women in the public and private spheres

10/03/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 15 March, PACE’s Sub-Committee on Gender Equality and the “Women Free from Violence” Parliamentary Network will join forces with the Swiss authorities for an event taking place on the fringes of the 65th session of the Commission for the Status of Women, the United Nations body dedicated to...

PACE delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Bulgaria

10/03/2021 | Election observation

A four-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), headed by Alfred Heer (Switzerland, ALDE), is to make a pre-electoral visit to Bulgaria on 11-12 March 2021 to assess the election preparations and campaign ahead of the 4th April parliamentary elections. In...

President to make working visit to Moscow

09/03/2021 | President

Rik Daems, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will make a working visit to Moscow on 15-16 March, during which he will hold a series of high-level meetings, in particular with the Speaker of the Russian State Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin; the Speaker of Russia's...

8 March: men and women need to push together more forcefully for change

08/03/2021 | President

According to the PACE President, “men and women need to push together more forcefully for change to come. This is our responsibility, as citizens and as politicians.”For PACE Equality Committee Chair Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC), "we just can’t afford to keep ignoring the knowledge and experience we...

Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis takes office as Secretary General of the Assembly

01/03/2021 | Secretary General of the Assembly

Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis begins today her mandate as Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly. The first woman to occupy this post since the Assembly's creation in 1949, she was elected by parliamentarians on 26 January for a 5-year term of office at the last PACE session held in...

PACE monitors extremely concerned by developments in Armenia

26/02/2021 | Monitoring

“We are extremely concerned by recent developments in Armenia,” said PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Armenia, Boriana Åberg (Sweden, EPP/CD) and Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland, SOC). “In particular, we found the statement issued yesterday by the office of the General Staff of the Armed...

Georgia monitors react to Tbilisi raid and arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia

24/02/2021 | Monitoring

The PACE monitoring co-rapporteurs for Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have expressed their concern at developments in Tbilisi. “While no-one should be above the law, the police raid on the UNM Headquarters and the arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia...

PACE monitors welcome return of Turkish opposition MP to parliament

12/02/2021 | Monitoring

The PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden, SOC) and John Howell (United Kingdom, EC/DA), have welcomed yesterday’s return to parliament of MP Enis Berberoğlu, a member of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP). “The protection of parliamentary...

Georgia monitors express deep concern at illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen

09/02/2021 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly for the monitoring of Georgia, Titus Corlatean (Romania, SOC) and Claude Kern (France, ALDE), have today expressed their deep concern at the illegal sentencing of Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze to twelve years imprisonment by a so-called court in...