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Winter Session 2020

The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova address PACE winter session

At its winter session in Strasbourg (27-31 January 2020), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected its new President.

The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the Georgian Foreign Minister and President of the Committee of Ministers and the newly-elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe, addressed PACE and answered questions.

Debates on the agenda included a complementary joint procedure between the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations, the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland, and reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan. There were requests for a current affairs debate on "Recent developments in Libya and in the Middle East: what consequences for Europe?” and for an urgent debate on "Ongoing violation of the rule of law, human rights and democracy in Turkey: how best to help Turkey conform with Council of Europe core values and standards again?".

MPs also discussed threats to media freedom and journalists’ security, a report on “Democracy hacked? How to respond?” and the protection of freedom of religion in the workplace.

The Assembly held two joint debates – one on migrant trafficking and missing refugee and migrant children, and another on organ transplant tourism and trafficking in human tissues and cells.

A report on minimum standards for electoral systems and a report on the observation of elections in Belarus were also on the agenda.

Reports and opinions

Monday 27 January 2020

Doc. 15039 rev (Report on credentials) Examination of the credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 15036 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (4 October 2019-26 January 2020) Doc. 15036 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15038 (Communication) President's activities between the fourth part of the 2019 Ordinary Session and the first part of the 2020 Ordinary Session Doc. 15036 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (27 January 2020) Doc. 15012 (Election observation report) Observation of the early parliamentary elections in Belarus (17 November 2019)

Tuesday 28 January 2020

Doc. 15008 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of France Doc. 15036 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15025 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Poland Doc. 15025 Add. (Addendum to the report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Poland Doc. 15025 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Poland Doc. 15025 Add. (Addendum to the report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Poland Doc. 15021 (Report) Threats to media freedom and journalists’ security in Europe

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Doc. 15015 (Report) The protection of freedom of religion or belief in the workplace Doc. 15024 (Report) Complementary joint procedure between the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations Doc. 15050 (Report) Challenge, on substantive grounds, of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Russian Federation Doc. 15054 (Committee Opinion) Challenge on substantive grounds of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Russian delegation

Thursday 30 January 2020

Doc. 15020 (Report) Reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan Doc. 15055 (Report) International obligations concerning the repatriation of children from war and conflict zones Doc. 15031 (Report) The progress of the Assembly's monitoring procedure (January-December 2019) Doc. 15023 (Report) Concerted action against human trafficking and the smuggling of migrants Doc. 15051 (Committee Opinion) Concerted action against trafficking in human beings and the smuggling of migrants Doc. 15026 (Report) Missing refugee and migrant children in Europe Doc. 15032 (Committee Opinion) Missing refugee and migrant children in Europe

Friday 31 January 2020

Doc. 15028 (Report) Democracy hacked? How to respond? Doc. 15056 (Committee Opinion) Democracy hacked? How to respond? Doc. 15029 (Report) Organ transplant tourism Doc. 15022 (Report) Combating trafficking in human tissues and cells Doc. 15036 Add. 3 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (31 January 2020)

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Date Lists
Monday 27 January 1 2
Tuesday 28 January 1 2 3
Wednesday 29 January 1 2 3 4 5
Thursday 30 January 1 2 3 4 5
Friday 31 January 1 2

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Wednesday 29 January
Thursday 30 January
Friday 31 January

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