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Spring Session 2013

Four heads of state or government to address PACE Spring session

Strasbourg, 22-26 April 2013

German President Joachim Gauck, Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and Andorran Head of Government Antoni Martí are among a number of leading figures to address the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) during its Spring plenary session in Strasbourg (22-26 April).

Topics for debate include the Assembly's post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey, violence against religious communities, fighting "child sex tourism" and balancing the benefits and risks of nanotechnology. A current affairs debate has also been requested on the topic: "Syrian refugees in Jordan: how to organise and support international assistance?"

Other personalities to address the Assembly include Andorran Foreign Minister Gilbert Saboya Sunyé, who will present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers to the Assembly, and the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland Didier Burkhalter. Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Nils Muižnieks will present his 2012 activity report.

Reports and opinions

Monday 22 April 2013

Doc. 13176 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 13169 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (25 January-21 April 2013) Doc. 13175 (Communication) President’s activities between the first and the second part of the Ordinary session of 2013 Doc. 13172 (Election observation report) Observation of the presidential election in Armenia (18 February 2013)

Tuesday 23 April 2013

Doc. 13160 (Report) Post-monitoring dialogue with Turkey Doc. 13152 (Report) Fighting “child sex tourism” Doc. 13151 (Report) Parliaments united in combating sexual violence against children: mid-term review of the ONE in FIVE Campaign Doc. 13158 (Report) Ending discrimination against Roma children

Wednesday 24 April 2013

Doc. 13157 (Report) Violence against religious communities Doc. 13178 (Committee Opinion) Violence against religious communities Doc. 13142 (Report) Culture and education through national parliaments: European policies Doc. 13155 (Report) Young Europeans: an urgent educational challenge Doc. 13156 (Report) Young people's access to fundamental rights Doc. 13180 (Committee Opinion) Young people's access to fundamental rights

Thursday 25 April 2013

Doc. 13193 (Report) Challenge on procedural grounds of the still unratified credentials of Mr Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine, EPP/CD) Doc. 13161 (Report) Frontex: human rights responsibilities Doc. 13187 (Committee Opinion) Frontex: human rights responsibilities Doc. 13163 (Report) Management of mixed migration and asylum challenges beyond the European Union's eastern border

Friday 26 April 2013

Doc. 13117 (Report) Nanotechnology: balancing benefits and risks to public health and the environment Doc. 13141 (Report) Ethics in science and technology Doc. 13154 (Report) Draft Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms