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Assessing the functioning of the Partnership for Democracy

24/01/2023 | Session

The Partnership for Democracy introduced in 2010 has reached its primary goal of establishing structured and value-based co-operation with the parliaments of neighbouring countries willing to perform a rapprochement with the Assembly on the basis of shared values, according to PACE’s Committee on...

Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić
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Secretary General: Ukraine is our priority and Russia must account for its aggression; urges ambition for...

24/01/2023 | Session

In her speech to the Parliamentary Assembly Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić said “Ukraine must take centre stage” at the Council of Europe Summit on 16-17 May in Reykjavik. Stressing that “accountability for the death and destruction caused by Russian aggression is vital”, she restated...

Despina congratulating Tiny Kox on his re-election as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Tiny Kox, re-elected President, urges a stronger role for PACE as the ‘most relevant European Agora’

23/01/2023 | President

Tiny Kox, re-elected today for a second one-year term as President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), thanked members for their ongoing support this year, which – he said – “may be as challenging as last year”. In a speech following his re-election, he underlined that last...

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The Assembly elects its Vice-Presidents

23/01/2023 | Session

At the opening of its winter plenary Session today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected its Vice-Presidents: Sibel Arslan (Switzerland)Bertrand Bouyx (France)Edite Estrela (Portugal)John Howell (United Kingdom)Darko Kaevski (North Macedonia)Olena Khomenko (Ukraine...

PACE Secretary General at the inauguration of the exhibition "The Red Dress"

The 'Red Dress', an artistic platform for women around the world to tell their personal stories through...

23/01/2023 | Session

PACE President Tiny Kox, Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Beatrice Fresko-Rolfo (Monaco, ALDE), Vice-President of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, today inaugurated the exhibition ‘The Red Dress’, organised during the parliamentary session...

George Katrougalos (Greece, UEL)
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PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since the last session

23/01/2023 | Session

The PACE contribution to the 4th Council of Europe Summit; the lists of candidates for the posts of judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Denmark and Iceland; the activities of the Standing Committee in Reykjavik (25 November 2022); and elections observations, were among the...

Debate: Addressing the issue of foreign Daech fighters and their families returning from Syria and elsewhere in Council of Europe member states - Presentation by Pieter OMTZIGT, Netherlands, EPP/CD, rapporteur, AS/Jur

Daesh foreign fighters who have committed serious crimes should face an international tribunal, says PACE

23/01/2023 | Session

The “best solution” for Daesh foreign fighters who have perpetrated acts of genocide and other serious crimes under international law would be to prosecute them before an international tribunal, PACE has said, given the international nature of the crimes committed, and that Daesh fighters come...

Plenary Session, hemicycle
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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed PACE’s Autumn plenary session

14/10/2022 | Session

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during its Autumn plenary session (Strasbourg, 10 to 14 October 2022). The Assembly also held an urgent debate on "Further escalation in the Russian Federation's aggression against Ukraine...

Selin SAYEK BÖKE Türkiye (AS/SOC)
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Revisiting labour rights in the face of wide-ranging transformations in the world of work

14/10/2022 | Session

PACE today stressed the need for increased flexibility in the organisation of work, in order to serve the new needs of workers, employers and the labour markets, in the face of wide-ranging transformations linked to new technologies and the Covid-19 pandemic. The Assembly is concerned about the...

Thórhildur Sunna ÆVARSDÓTTIR, Iceland (SOC)
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Vaccines should not be made generally mandatory, but this may sometimes be appropriate, says PACE

14/10/2022 | Session

The starting position for a vaccine is that “it should not automatically be generally mandatory”, but this may sometimes be appropriate, for example for special professions such as those exposed to vulnerable populations, PACE has said. Approving a resolution on preventing vaccine discrimination...

Volodymyr Zelenskyy

Volodymyr Zelenskyy: ‘Never yet in history was united Europe as strong as it is today’

13/10/2022 | President

“Today, we see the historically important results of dialogue in Europe, between Europeans. We see actions that have made Europe unprecedentedly stronger. Never yet in history was united Europe as strong as it is today. So, focus on everything that is needed to prevent the Russian terrorists from...

M. Emanuelis Zingeris (Lituania, PPE/DC)
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Russia’s so-called referendums in Ukrainian regions ‘null and void’, says PACE

13/10/2022 | Session

PACE has strongly condemned the attempted annexation of Ukrainian regions by Russia, describing the so-called referendums in these regions as “an affront to international law” and “null and void, with no legal or political effects”. The Assembly was debating a report by Emanuelis Zingeris...