An exchange of views on the COVID-19 pandemic with Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization, was one of the highlights of the meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which met on Friday 26 June 2020 by videoconference.
Following the opening of the meeting by PACE President Rik Daems, the parliamentarians will also held an exchange of views with the Greek Alternate Minister for European Affairs, Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The discussion focused on Greece’s priorities during its chairmanship and other topical political issues.
Among the debates during the meeting were lessons for the future from an effective and rights-based response to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing sexual violence against children (with the participation of Najat Maala N'Jid, UN Special Representative on Violence against Children), promoting access to contraception in Europe, and the observation of the early parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan held on 9 February 2020.
The Standing Committee, which acts on behalf of the Assembly between plenary sessions, is made up of the President and Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the Chairpersons of the political groups, the Chairpersons of national delegations and the Chairpersons of committees, i.e. some 60 parliamentarians from the 47 member states of the Council of Europe.
Friday 26 June 2020
Doc. 15120 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 15090 (Election observation report) Observation of the early parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan (9 February 2020) Doc. 15115 (Report) Lessons for the future from an effective and rights-based response to the COVID-19 pandemic Doc. 15109 (Report) Addressing sexual violence against children: stepping up action and co-operation in Europe Doc. 15084 (Report) Empowering women: promoting access to contraception in Europe Doc. 15084 Add. (Addendum to the report) Empowering women: promoting access to contraception in Europe