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Winter session 2017

The media and journalism in Europe, highlight of the 2017 winter part-session

Strasbourg, 23-27 January 2017

Debates on attacks against journalists and media freedom in Europe, the challenges and accountability of online media and journalism and the need to end cyberdiscrimination and online hate speech were at the heart of the PACE winter plenary part-session held in Strasbourg from 23 to 27 January 2017.

There were also requests for an urgent debate on the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey and for a current affairs debate on the situation in Syria and its effects upon surrounding countries.

Addressing the Assembly were Nicos Anastasiades, President of Cyprus, Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania, and Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, presented his statement to Assembly members, and Ioannis Kasoulides, the Cypriot Foreign Minister, spoke in the context of the Cypriot Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.

Other highlights of the session were debates on the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine, the situation in Lebanon and challenges for regional stability and European security, and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Assembly also focused on the progress of its monitoring procedure (September 2015-December 2106).

Reports and opinions

Monday 23 January 2017

Doc. 14236 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 14231 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (14 October 2016 – 22 January 2017) Doc. 14231 Addendum 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (23 January 2017) Doc. 14231 Addendum 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14235 (Communication) Activities of the President of the Parliamentary Assembly between the fourth part of the Ordinary session of 2016 and the first part of the Ordinary session of 2017 Doc. 14237 (Election observation report) Observation of the presidential election in Bulgaria (6 and 13 November 2016) Doc. 14238 (Election observation report) Observation of the early parliamentary elections in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (11 December 2016)

Tuesday 24 January 2017

Doc. 14222 (Communication) Election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Hungary Doc. 14215 (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 the Netherlands Doc. 14231 Addendum 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14229 (Report) Attacks against journalists and media freedom in Europe Doc. 14224 (Report) The humanitarian crisis in Gaza Doc. 14239 (Committee Opinion) The humanitarian crisis in Gaza

Wednesday 25 January 2017

Doc. 14228 (Report) Online media and journalism: challenges and accountability Doc. 14240 (Committee Opinion) Online media and journalism: challenges and accountability Doc. 14217 (Report) Ending cyberdiscrimination and online hate Doc. 14242 (Committee Opinion) Ending cyberdiscrimination and online hate Doc. 14216 (Report) Reinforcing social dialogue as an instrument for stability and decreasing social and economic inequalities Doc. 14227 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine Doc. 14227 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine

Thursday 26 January 2017

Doc. 14248 (Report) The need to reform European migration policies Doc. 14247 (Report) Challenge on procedural grounds of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Slovak Republic Doc. 14252 (Committee Opinion) Challenge on procedural grounds of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Slovak Republic Doc. 14236 Add. (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 14226 (Report) The situation in Lebanon and challenges for regional stability and European security Doc. 14213 Part 1 (Report) The progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure (September 2015-December 2016) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany Doc. 14213 Part 2 (Report) The progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure (September 2015-December 2016) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany Periodic review report: Austria Doc. 14213 Part 3 (Report) The progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure (September 2015-December 2016) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany Periodic review report: Czech Republic Doc. 14213 Part 4 (Report) The progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure (September 2015-December 2016) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany Periodic review report: Denmark Doc. 14213 Part 5 (Report) The progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure (September 2015-December 2016) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany Periodic review: Finland Doc. 14213 Part 6 (Report) The progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure (September 2015-December 2016) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany Periodic review: France Doc. 14213 Part 7 (Report) The progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure (September 2015-December 2016) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany Periodic review: Germany

Friday 27 January 2017

Doc. 14225 (Report) Human rights compatibility of investor–State arbitration in international investment protection agreements Doc. 14255 (Committee Opinion) Human rights compatibility of investor–State arbitration in international investment protection agreements Doc. 14219 (Report) “New generation” trade agreements and their implications for social rights, public health and sustainable development Doc. 14149 (Report) Promoting the inclusion of Roma and Travellers Doc. 14231 Addendum 3 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14231 Addendum 4 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (27 January 2017)

Speakers list

Date Lists
Monday 23 January 1 2
Tuesday 24 January 1 2 3 4 5 6
Wednesday 25 January 1 2 3 4
Thursday 26 January 1 2 3 4 5
Friday 27 January 1 2

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