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Spring session 2019

addresses by the Prime Ministers of Armenia and Georgia

Strasbourg, 8-12 April 2019

Adopting its final agenda at the opening of the 2019 Spring Session, the Assembly decided to hold an urgent debate on the theme "Role and mission of the Parliamentary Assembly: main challenges for the future". The Assembly held its session in Strasbourg from 8 to 12 April 2019, with addresses by the Prime Ministers of Armenia and Georgia.

Joint debates were held on stopping hate speech and acts of hatred in sport - as well as the role of political leaders in combating hate speech - and on strengthening co-operation with the UN and implementation of its Sustainable Development Goals.

Other topics discussed included promoting parliaments free of sexism and sexual harassment, the implications for human rights of social media, and a report on balancing the rights of parents, donors and children during the anonymous donation of sperm and oocytes.

The Assembly looked at so-called "laundromats" and new challenges in combating organised crime and money laundering, and took a stand on the creation of a new EU mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights presented her annual activity report for 2018 and took questions, while there was the usual exchange of views with the current head of the Council of Europe's ministerial body, Finnish Foreign Affairs Minister Timo Soini, and question time with Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.

At the opening of the Session, the President regretted that the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina had not transmitted its credentials within the deadline foreseen in the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly, that is to say before the April 2019 part session, following the parliamentary elections held in this country in October 2018.

Meetings

Side events list

Reports and opinions

Monday 08 April 2019

Doc. 14858 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 14855 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (25 January-7 April 2019) Doc. 14855 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (8 April 2019) Doc. 14855 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14857 (Communication) Activities of the President of the Parliamentary Assembly between the first and the second part of the 2019 Ordinary Session Doc. 14859 (Election observation report) Observation of the parliamentary elections in the Republic of Moldova (24 February 2019) Doc. 14856 (Parliamentary questions) Parliamentary question to the Chairperson-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers

Tuesday 09 April 2019

Doc. 14846 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Malta Doc. 14840 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Turkey Doc. 14855 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14848 (Report) Strengthening co-operation with the United Nations in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Doc. 14861 (Committee Opinion) Strengthening co-operation with the United Nations in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Doc. 14851 (Report) Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals: synergy needed on the part of all stakeholders, from parliaments to local authorities Doc. 14850 (Report) Establishment of a European Union mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights Doc. 14862 (Committee Opinion) Establishment of a European Union mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights Doc. 14860 (Committee Opinion) Establishment of a European Union mechanism on democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights Doc. 14843 (Report) Promoting parliaments free of sexism and sexual harassment

Wednesday 10 April 2019

Doc. 14845 (Report) The role and responsibilities of political leaders in combating hate speech and intolerance Doc. 14842 (Report) Stop hate speech and acts of hatred in sport Doc. 14863 (Report) Role and mission of the Parliamentary Assembly: main challenges for the future Doc. 14867 (Committee Opinion) Role and mission of the Parliamentary Assembly: main challenges for the future

Thursday 11 April 2019

Doc. 14849 (Report) Modification of various provisions of the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure Doc. 14847 (Report) Laundromats: responding to new challenges in the international fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering Doc. 14847 Add. (Addendum to the report) Laundromats: responding to new challenges in the international fight against organised crime, corruption and money laundering Doc. 14837 (Report) The situation of migrants and refugees on the Greek islands: more needs to be done

Friday 12 April 2019

Doc. 14835 (Report) Anonymous donation of sperm and oocytes: balancing the rights of parents, donors and children Doc. 14854 (Committee Opinion) Anonymous donation of sperm and oocytes: balancing the rights of parents, donors and children Doc. 14844 (Report) Social media: social threads or threats to human rights? Doc. 14855 Add. 3 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (12 April 2019)

Speakers list

Date Lists
Monday 8 April 1 2 3
Tuesday 9 April 1 2 3 4
Wednesday 10 April 1 2 3
Thursday 11 April 1 2 3 4
Friday 12 April 1 2 3

Verbatim records

Date Morning Afternoon
Monday 8 April
Tuesday 9 April
Wednesday 10 April
Thursday 11 April
Friday 12 April

Plenary session video recordings

Monday 8 April

Tuesday 9 April

Wednesday 10 April

Thursday 11 April

Friday 12 April

 

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