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Winter Session 2021

Hybrid plenary Session (25-28 January)

Adopting its final agenda at the opening of the 2021 winter plenary session, the Assembly decided to hold current affairs debates on "The arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny in January 2021" and on "Freedom of expression (Article 10 of the ECHR) under threat by ‘Big Tech’ Companies". Following the challenge on substantive grounds of the credentials of the Russian Federation delegation, the Assembly held the resulting debate.

The Assembly held its 2021 winter plenary session from January 25 to 28 in a hybrid manner, allowing members to participate remotely or attend in person in Strasbourg.

The Assembly debated the ethical, legal and practical considerations of COVID-19 vaccines. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressed parliamentarians in the debate.

Other topics on the agenda included ethnic profiling in Europe, restrictions on NGO activities in Council of Europe member States, and discrimination against persons dealing with chronic and long-term illnesses.

During the session, the Assembly elected the Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Secretary General of the Assembly and the judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Greece and Switzerland. These elections were held by individual electronic voting.

The European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders addressed the members of the Assembly and answered their questions, as did the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany, Heiko Maas (within the framework of the German presidency of the Committee of Ministers) and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić.

Debates were also held on the independence of judges in Poland and in the Republic of Moldova (with the participation of Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, former Federal Minister of Justice of Germany), on the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and on the progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure.

 

ELECTRONIC ELECTIONS IN JANUARY 2021

During the January 2021 part-session, the Assembly elected: 

  • Mr. Bjørn Berge, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe
  • Ms Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly;
  • Mr. Ktistakis, judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Greece
  • Mr. Zünd, judge to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Switzerland.

link to list of results and CV

Reports and opinions available

Monday 25 January 2021

Doc. 15215 (Report on credentials) Examination of the credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 15213 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (31 January 2020-21 January 2021) Doc. 15213 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (22 January 2021) Doc. 15213 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights 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. 15213 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights 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 Doc. 15214 (Parliamentary questions) Parliamentary question to the Chairperson-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers

Wednesday 27 January 2021

Doc. 15212 (Report) Covid-19 vaccines: ethical, legal and practical considerations Doc. 15205 (Report) Restrictions on NGO activities in Council of Europe member States

Thursday 28 January 2021

Doc. 15199 (Report) Ethnic profiling in Europe: a matter of great concern Doc. 15216 (Report) Challenge, on substantive grounds, of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Russian Federation Doc. 15218 (Committee Opinion) Challenge, on substantive grounds, of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Russian Federation

Documents

Agenda

Adopted texts

Speakers list

Date Lists
Monday 25 January 1 2 3
Tuesday 26 January 1 2 3 4 5
Wednesday 27 January 1 2 3
Thursday 28 January 1 2 3

Verbatim records

Date Morning Afternoon
Monday 25 January
Tuesday 26 January
Wednesday 27 January
Thursday 28 January

Multimedia resources

Date Morning Afternoon
Monday 25 January OV EN OV EN
Tuesday 26 January OV EN OV EN
Wednesday 27 January OV EN OV EN
Thursday 28 January OV EN