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Winter Session 2016

migration crisis in Europe; international terrorism

Strasbourg, 25-29 January 2016

Europe's migration and refugee crisis and international terrorism will take centre-stage at the Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

The migration crisis will be addressed with reports on "The Mediterranean Sea: a front door to irregular migration" and on "Organised crime and migrants".

With regard to international terrorism, reports on "Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq" and "Combating international terrorism while protecting Council of Europe standards and values" will be the focus of discussions. Harlem Désir, French Minister of State for European Affairs, will take part in the joint debate.

The parliamentarians will also discuss "The Protection of Women and the honest reporting of unpalatable truths".

Among the other items on the agenda are reports on "Escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of Azerbaijan" and on "Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water". The situation in Kosovo* and the role of the Council of Europe and a report on strengthening the protection and role of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States will be debated as well.

Parliamentarians will also be called upon to decide whether to grant the request for partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly submitted by the Parliament of Jordan.

Among the personalities who will be addressing the Assembly are the President of Bulgaria Rossen Plevneliev and the Captains Regent of San Marino Lorella Stefanelli and Nicola Renzi.

Daniel Mitov, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, will address the Assembly in his capacity as Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers, and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will make his annual statement.

 

* All references to Kosovo, whether the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nation's Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

Meetings

Side events list

Reports and opinions

Monday 25 January 2016

Doc. 13953 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 13945 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (2 October 2015-24 January 2016) Doc. 13945 Addendum I (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (25 January 2016) Doc. 13945 Addendum II (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 13952 (Communication) Activities of the President of the Parliamentary Assembly between the fourth part of the 2015 Ordinary session and the first part of the 2016 Ordinary session

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Doc. 13933 (Communication) Election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights{In accordance with Article 22 of the European Convention on Human Rights.} List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Cyprus Doc. 13945 Addendum II (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 13930 (Report) Escalation of violence in Nagorno-Karabakh and the other occupied territories of Azerbaijan Doc. 13931 (Report) Inhabitants of frontier regions of Azerbaijan are deliberately deprived of water Doc. 13936 (Report) Request for partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly submitted by the Parliament of Jordan Doc. 13955 (Committee Opinion) Request for partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly submitted by the Parliament of Jordan Doc. 13954 (Committee Opinion) Request for partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly submitted by the Parliament of Jordan Doc. 13944 (Report) Introduction of sanctions against parliamentarians

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Doc. 13933 (Communication) Election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights{In accordance with Article 22 of the European Convention on Human Rights.} List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Cyprus Doc. 13942 (Report) The Mediterranean Sea: a front door to irregular migration Doc. 13941 (Report) Organised crime and migrants Doc. 13937 (Report) Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq Doc. 13959 (Committee Opinion) Foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq Doc. 13958 (Report) Combating international terrorism while protecting Council of Europe standards and values Doc. 13960 (Committee Opinion) Combating international terrorism while protecting Council of Europe standards and values Doc. 13966 (Committee Opinion) Combating international terrorism while protecting Council of Europe standards and values Doc. 13962 (Report) Challenge on procedural grounds of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Republic of Moldova

Thursday 28 January 2016

Doc. 13961 (Report) Recent attacks against women in European cities – the need for a comprehensive response Doc. 13943 (Report) Strengthening the protection and role of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States Doc. 13940 (Report) How to prevent inappropriate restrictions on NGO activities in Europe? Doc. 13939 (Report) The situation in Kosovo* and the role of the Council of Europe

Friday 29 January 2016

Doc. 13824 (Report) Judicial corruption: urgent need to implement the Assembly’s proposals Doc. 13824 Add. (Addendum to the report) Judicial corruption: urgent need to implement the Assembly’s proposals Doc. 13934 (Report) Access to school and education for all children Doc. 13945 Addendum III (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (29 January 2016)

Speakers list

Date Lists
Monday 25 January 1 2 3
Tuesday 26 January 1 2 3 4 5
Wednesday 27 January 1 2 3
Thursday 28 January 1 2 3 4
Friday 29 January 1 2