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PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies since the last session

27/09/2021 | Session

The lists of candidates for the posts of judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of the Czech Republic, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine; the lists of candidates to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) in respect of several...

New guidelines on the scope of immunities enjoyed by PACE members

27/09/2021 | Session

PACE decided today to set clear and objective criteria enabling the privileges and immunities granted to Assembly members to “serve their institutional purpose while preventing the possible misuse of privileges by parliamentarians for personal purposes”. The resolution adopted by PACE, based on a...

Parliamentarians debate a series of far-reaching proposals to ‘anchor’ the right to a healthy environment

23/09/2021 | Session

A series of seven reports for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) are demanding a paradigm shift in international and national law, as well as government policies, to ensure that a healthy environment is recognised as a basic human right. In an unprecedented all-day debate...

Summer session 2021: the Istanbul Convention 10 years on

25/06/2021 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) marked the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) with an event on this topic at its Summer plenary session, taking place...

For a European policy on diasporas

24/06/2021 | Session

The Parliamentary Assembly has called for the elaboration of a European policy on diasporas, and has suggested the Council of Europe should take the lead in this work. Adopting a resolution and recommendation based on a report by Paulo Pisco (Portugal, SOC), the parliamentarians spelled out a...

A solidarity mechanism between European countries to relieve migratory pressure on front line countries

24/06/2021 | Session

"The values of our Organisation must be respected. We must show solidarity with the countries receiving these mixed flows of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and help protect the rights of these people, many of whom are extremely vulnerable", said Pierre Alain Fridez (Switzerland...

A ‘window of opportunity’ for determined action to stamp out Afrophobia or anti-Black racism

24/06/2021 | Session

Racism, including Afrophobia or anti-Black racism, is still “rife in Europe”, according to PACE, but recent increased public awareness of the problem has created a “window of opportunity” for determined action to eradicate it. Approving a resolution based on a report by Momodou Malcolm Jallow...

PACE sets out road-map for limiting foreign funding of political parties and campaigns

24/06/2021 | Session

PACE has condemned attempts by states to “interfere improperly or illicitly in democratic decision-making processes” in other states by funding political parties or campaigns – and set out a road-map for cracking down on the practice. Approving a resolution based on a report by Konstantin Kuhle...

Closer EU-Council of Europe cooperation is more important than ever, Secretary General tells PACE

23/06/2021 | Session

Responding to questions from members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić began by emphasising the importance of coordinating work with the European Union in order to avoid duplication. She underlined the shared values of the two...

Current affairs debate on the situation in Belarus

23/06/2021 | Session

“Belarus has become a threat to the whole of Europe, especially to neighbouring countries, with a real risk of destabilisation”, said Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/CD), opening of a current affairs debate on this topic. Mr Zingeris referred to the forced landing of a civilian airliner by the...

10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention: 'Nothing will make us back down'

23/06/2021 | Session

“As we seat here and debate, women will be beaten to death. And we are not just talking about a few cases, but about thousands and thousands and thousands of acts of violence. Just think about it”, PACE President Rik Daems said at the opening of an event organized in the framework of the PACE...

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

23/06/2021 | Session

PACE today called on member States to promote the participation of women from under-represented groups in political decision-making by acting at several levels, with particular emphasis on combating gender-based stereotypes and sexism, access to public decision-making, and participation in...