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Standing Committee (19 March 2021)

Standing Committee: current affairs debates on "Democracies facing Covid-19: the way forward" and "Developments in Turkey concerning parliamentary democracy"

At the opening of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting by videoconference, the parliamentarians decided to hold two current affairs debates, one on "Democracies facing Covid-19: the way forward" and a second one on "Developments in Turkey concerning parliamentary democracy".

After the opening of the meeting by PACE President Rik Daems, the parliamentarians held an exchange of views with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, in the framework of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

"Covid-19 and the role of the Council of Europe" was the focus of the speech by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Other items on the agenda included the urgent need to strengthen Financial Intelligence Units, the impact of labour migration on left-behind children and the protection of victims of arbitrary displacement.

The meeting of the Standing Committee, which took place from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, was webcast live on the PACE website in English, French, German, Italian and Russian.

 

The Standing Committee, which acts on the Assembly’s behalf between plenary sessions, is made up of the President and Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the chairpersons of political groups, the chairpersons of national delegations and the committee chairpersons, totalling some 60 parliamentarians from the Council of Europe's 47 member States.