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PACE 'enlarged' Standing Committee to debate support for people with autism and their families, and rights...

26/11/2020 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will meet by videoconference in its enlarged format on Friday 4 December 2020. After the opening of the meeting by PACE President Rik Daems, the parliamentarians will discuss support for people with autism...

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Current affairs debate on the Athens Declaration and adoption of a declaration

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

The ‘enlarged’ Standing Committee, meeting today by videoconference, held a current affairs debate on the Athens Declaration by the Committee of Ministers Chairmanship on: “Effectively responding to a public health crisis in full respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law”. Jacques...

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Court President pays tribute to role of parliaments in upholding the European Convention on Human Rights

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

The President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Spano, has paid tribute to the essential role of parliaments in upholding the Convention and rulings of the Strasbourg Court. Addressing a meeting of PACE’s “enlarged” Standing Committee by videoconference, Mr Spano said: “The role of...

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Michael Roth presents Germany’s priorities for its Presidency of the Committee of Ministers

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth today presented Germany’s priorities for its Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and took questions from members. These priorities include strengthening the implementation of rights and obligations under the European...

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PACE approves rule changes to enable remote or hybrid plenary sessions

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

In light of the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, PACE’s Standing Committee has unanimously approved modifications to the Rules of Procedure to enable the Assembly to hold remote or hybrid plenary sessions in exceptional circumstances. Approving a report by Frank Schwabe (Germany, SOC...

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PACE amends its Rules of procedure to better reflect developments in parliamentary practice

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

Recalling that the Assembly’s decisions should be based on clear and effective parliamentary rules, the Assembly has amended its Rules to reflect changes in parliamentary practice and to clarify procedures where their application or interpretation has raised difficulties. The modifications...

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A road-map for including a gender dimension in foreign policy

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

Council of Europe member States should ensure a gender dimension in their foreign policies, by promoting inclusiveness, equality and non-discrimination, in order to counter the backlash against women’s rights, according to PACE’s Standing Committee. Unanimously approving a report by Petra Stienen...

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Protecting academic freedom and the autonomy of higher education institutions

20/11/2020 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting by videoconference, called on member States to enshrine the protection of academic freedom and institutional autonomy in national legislation, and to provide adequate public funding for higher education and research, enabling institutions to maintain their...

'Enlarged' Standing Committee to debate gender in foreign policy and threats to academic freedom

17/11/2020 | Standing Committee

Highlights of PACE’s Standing Committee, meeting by video-conference on 20 November in its enlarged format, include reports on the gender dimension of foreign policy and on threats to academic freedom. German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth will present Germany’s priorities for its...

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‘Enlarged’ Standing Committee: debates on the impact of COVID-19 and the challenges of artificial intelligence

23/10/2020 | Standing Committee

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) met successively on 12 and 13 October, then on 22 and 23 October, by video-conference. This “enlarged” meeting replaced the October part-session of PACE and allowed all PACE members to take the floor...

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PACE strongly condemns new crackdowns on political opposition and civil dissent in Turkey

23/10/2020 | Standing Committee

PACE’s Standing Committee has strongly condemned new crackdowns on political opposition and civil dissent in recent months in Turkey and urged the Turkish authorities to “take meaningful steps” to improve standards in the field of democracy, rule of law and human rights. Approving a resolution...

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Ensuring effective protection of the profession of lawyer: call for a legally-binding instrument

23/10/2020 | Standing Committee

PACE’s Standing Committee today expressed its concern at the numerous cases of violations of lawyers’ rights, including attacks on their safety and independence, in recent years. Lawyers continue to be targeted for their involvement in human rights-related cases, or for their work denouncing...