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Autumn session 2017

Czech and Ukrainian Presidents address PACE, Václav Havel Prize awarded

Strasbourg, 9-13 October 2017

Adopting its final agenda at the opening of the 2017 Autumn Session, the Assembly decided to hold an urgent debate on "The new Ukrainian law on education: a major impediment to the teaching of national minorities' mother tongues" and a current affairs debate on "The need for a political solution to the crisis in Catalonia".

Following the resignation of Pedro Agramunt as President of the Assembly, Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus, EPP/CD) was elected new President. She shall remain in office until the opening of the next ordinary session (22-26 January 2018).

Addresses by the President of the Czech Republic Miloš Zeman and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and a debate on two reports calling for a Council of Europe Summit were among the highlights of the session.

The fifth Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – which honours outstanding civil society action in defence of human rights – was awarded to Turkish supporter of the independence of the judiciary Murat Arslan.

Also on the agenda were debates on the situation in Azerbaijan based on two reports – one on the functioning of democratic institutions in the country and another on respect for human rights. The parliamentarians also held debates on promoting the human rights of intersex people, on the use of new genetic technologies in human beings, and on prosecuting and punishing crimes against humanity – or even possible genocide – committed by Daesh.

The Assembly debated new proposals for promoting and strengthening the transparency, accountability and integrity of its members.

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaorálek, who chairs the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, presented the communication on its recent activities. The Assembly debated the activities of the OECD in 2016-2017, with input from its Secretary-General Angel Gurría, and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland held his usual question and answer session with members.

Meetings

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Reports and opinions

Monday 09 October 2017

Doc. 14411 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 14409 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (30 June-8 October 2017) Doc. 14409 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (9 October 2017) Doc. 14409 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14392 (Election observation report) Observation of the parliamentary elections in Albania (25 June 2017)

Tuesday 10 October 2017

Doc. 14400 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Georgia Doc. 14409 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14401 (Report) The activities of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2016-2017 Doc. 14410 (Committee Opinion) The activities of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2016-2017 Doc. 14407 (Report) Follow-up to Resolution 1903 (2012): promoting and strengthening transparency, accountability and integrity of Parliamentary Assembly members Doc. 14399 (Report) Evaluation of the partnership for democracy in respect of the Parliament of Jordan Doc. 14399 Add. (Addendum to the report) Evaluation of the partnership for democracy in respect of the Parliament of Jordan Doc. 14412 (Committee Opinion) Evaluation of the partnership for democracy in respect of the Parliament of Jordan

Wednesday 11 October 2017

Doc. 14403 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan Doc. 14403 Add. (Addendum to the report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan Doc. 14403 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan Doc. 14403 Add. (Addendum to the report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan Doc. 14397 (Report) Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship of the Council of Europe: what follow-up on respect for human rights? Doc. 14405 (Report) New threats to the rule of law in Council of Europe member States: selected examples Doc. 14387 (Report) Venice Commission’s “Rule of Law Checklist” Doc. 14396 (Report) Call for a Council of Europe Summit to reaffirm European unity and to defend and promote democratic security in Europe Doc. 14406 (Report) Defending the acquis of the Council of Europe: preserving 65 years of successful intergovernmental co-operation

Thursday 12 October 2017

Doc. 14415 (Report) The new Ukrainian law on education: a major impediment to the teaching of national minorities' mother tongues Doc. 14402 (Report) Prosecuting and punishing the crimes against humanity or even possible genocide committed by Daesh Doc. 14418 (Committee Opinion) Prosecuting and punishing the crimes against humanity or even possible genocide committed by Daesh Doc. 14328 (Report) The use of new genetic technologies in human beings Doc. 14404 (Report) Promoting the human rights of and eliminating discrimination against intersex people

Friday 13 October 2017

Doc. 14409 Add. 3 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (13 October 2017) Doc. 14395 (Report) Youth against corruption

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