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Winter Session 2021

PACE to hold hybrid plenary session in January 2021

The next PACE session will be held from 25 to 28 January 2021 in a hybrid manner, allowing members to participate remotely or attend in-person in Strasbourg.

During this winter part-session, the Assembly will elect the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Secretary General of the Assembly and the judges in respect of Greece and Switzerland. These elections will be held by individual electronic voting.

In the framework of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas, will address the Assembly and take questions. Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will make a statement and also take questions.

One focus of the Assembly debate will be the ethical, legal and practical considerations towards a Covid-19 vaccine. Other topics on the agenda include ethnic profiling in Europe, restrictions on NGO activities in Council of Europe member States and discrimination against persons dealing with chronic illness.

Debates will also be held on the independence of judges in Poland and in the Republic of Moldova and on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. Debates on the progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure and on post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro are foreseen.

A report on parliamentary elections in Georgia will also be discussed. Lastly, the Assembly will have to determine its position on the modification of the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure – follow-up to Resolution 2319 (2020) on the 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.

Meetings and Events

Official meetings

Documents

Draft Agenda

Reports and opinions available

Monday 25 January 2021

Doc. 15210 (Election observation report) Observation of the parliamentary elections in Georgia (31 October 2020) Doc. 15211 (Report) Progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure (January-December 2020)

Tuesday 26 January 2021

Doc. 15123 (Report) The implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15123 Add. (Addendum to the report) The implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15204 (Report) Judges in Poland and in the Republic of Moldova must remain independent Doc. 15187 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Greece Doc. 15153 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Switzerland Doc. 15198 (Communication) Election of the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Doc. 15197 (Communication) Election of the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Doc. 15093 (Report) Modification of the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure – follow-up to Resolution 2319 (2020) on the 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

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Doc. 15212 (Report) Covid-19 vaccines: ethical, legal and practical considerations Doc. 15208 (Report) Discrimination against persons dealing with chronic and long-term illnesses Doc. 15205 (Report) Restrictions on NGO activities in Council of Europe member States Doc. 15132 (Report) Post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro Doc. 15132 (Report) Post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro

Thursday 28 January 2021

Doc. 15199 (Report) Ethnic profiling in Europe: a matter of great concern

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Substitutions

Speakers

ELECTRONIC ELECTIONS IN JANUARY 2021

During the January 2021 part-session, the Assembly will elect the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly, as well as two judges to the European Court of Human Rights.

The Bureau of the Assembly at its meeting on 9 December decided to proceed with the elections of the above personalities via the electronic voting system on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 January.

A new general test is scheduled for Friday January 15, 2021 for all Members.

link for voting pre-registration

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