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Autumn Session 2019

President Macron addresses PACE at its Autumn session

Strasbourg, 30 September-4 October 2019

Adopting its final agenda at the opening of the 2019 Autumn Session, the Assembly decided to hold an urgent debate on the theme "Saving persons in the Mediterranean Sea: the need for an urgent answer" and a current affairs debate on "Democratic rights violations and suppression of peaceful protests in the Russian Federation against the background of elections to the Moscow City Council". The Assembly held its session in Strasbourg from 30 September to 4 October 2019.

The President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, addressed PACE and answered questions from parliamentarians on Tuesday 1 October.

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin presented the communication from the Committee of Ministers and Marija Pejcinovic Buric, newly elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe, addressed the Assembly.

The winner of the 2019 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – chosen from a shortlist of three nominees – was announced on Monday 30 September. The Prize was awarded at a special ceremony in the plenary.

During the session, the Assembly focused on the protection of whistleblowers, common standards for ombudsman institutions, and the protection of victims of terrorism, as well as the preservation of Jewish cultural heritage. The Assembly also discussed reports on climate refugees and labour migration in Eastern Europe, and on obstetrical and gynaecological violence.

Reports on the functioning of democratic institutions in the Republic of Moldova, and on post-monitoring dialogue with Northern Macedonia, as well as a report on the contribution of the Council of Europe Development Bank to a more inclusive society, with an intervention by its Governor, also featured on the agenda.

Reports and opinions

Monday 30 September 2019

Doc. 14969 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 14968 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (28 June-29 September 2019) Doc. 14968 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (30 September 2019) Doc. 14968 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14970 (Communication) Activities of the President of the Parliamentary Assembly between the third and the fourth part of the 2019 Ordinary Session

Tuesday 01 October 2019

Doc. 14958 (Report) Improving the protection of whistle-blowers all over Europe

Wednesday 02 October 2019

Doc. 14954 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Portugal Doc. 14968 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 14953 (Report) Ombudsman institutions in Europe - the need for a set of common standards Doc. 14957 (Report) Protecting and supporting the victims of terrorism Doc. 14961 (Report) The Council of Europe Development Bank: contributing to building a more inclusive society Doc. 14964 (Report) Post-monitoring dialogue with North Macedonia Doc. 14964 (Report) Post-monitoring dialogue with North Macedonia

Thursday 03 October 2019

Doc. 14971 (Report) Saving lives in the Mediterranean Sea: the need for an urgent response Doc. 14955 (Report) A legal status for "climate refugees" Doc. 14965 (Report) Obstetrical and gynaecological violence Doc. 14963 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in the Republic of Moldova Doc. 14963 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in the Republic of Moldova

Friday 04 October 2019

Doc. 14956 (Report) Labour migration from Eastern Europe and its impact on socio-demographic processes in these countries Doc. 14960 (Report) Jewish cultural heritage preservation

Verbatim records

Date Morning Afternoon
Monday 30 September
Tuesday 1 October
Wednesday 2 October
Thursday 3 October
Friday 4 October

Speakers list

Date Lists
Monday 30 September 1 2
Tuesday 1 October 1 2
Wednesday 2 October 1 2 3 4 5
Thursday 3 October 1 2 3 4 5
Friday 4 October 1 2 3

Multimedia resources

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Autumn Session 2019