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Spring Session 2021

Urgent debates on the arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny and on the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey

During its Spring Session 2021, which took place in a hybrid format, the Assembly held urgent debates on "The arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny in January 2021" and on "The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey", as well as current affairs debates on "Covid passports or certificates: protection of fundamental rights and legal implications" and "Armenian prisoners of war and other captives".

On the occasion of the German Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth participated in the session.

The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, and the Secretary General of the organisation, Marija Pejčinović Burić, also addressed PACE.

The Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, presented her 2020 annual report and the Assembly awarded its 2020 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

Topics on the agenda included a debate on the Assembly's vision of the Council of Europe's strategic priorities and a joint debate on human rights violations and the need for electoral reform in Belarus.

The OECD's work on taxing the digital economy with the participation of its Secretary General Ángel Gurría, discrimination against people with chronic and long-term illnesses, post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro, the preservation of national minorities and a European policy on diasporas were also discussed.

Reports and opinions

Monday 19 April 2021

Doc. 15264 (Report on credentials) Examination of the credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 15263 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (29 January – 15 April 2021) Doc. 15263 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (16 April 2021) Doc. 15263 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15231 (Report) Preserving national minorities in Europe

Tuesday 20 April 2021

Doc. 15243 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Belgium Doc. 15263 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15252 (Report) The Assembly's vision on the strategic priorities for the Council of Europe Doc. 15251 (Report) Fighting fiscal injustice: the work of the OECD on taxation of digital economy Doc. 15266 (Committee Opinion) Fighting fiscal injustice: the work of the OECD on taxation of digital economy

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Doc. 15253 (Report) Urgent need for electoral reform in Belarus Doc. 15256 (Report) Human rights violations in Belarus require an international investigation Doc. 15132 (Report) Post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro Doc. 15132 Add. (Addendum to the report) Post-monitoring dialogue with Montenegro Doc. 15208 (Report) Discrimination against persons dealing with chronic and long-term illnesses Doc. 15230 (Committee Opinion) Discrimination against persons dealing with chronic and long-term illnesses

Thursday 22 April 2021

Doc. 15250 (Report) For a European policy on diasporas Doc. 15267 (Parliamentary questions) Parliamentary question to the Chairperson-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers Doc. 15268 (Parliamentary questions) Parliamentary question to the Chairperson-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers Doc. 15270 (Report) The arrest and detention of Alexei Navalny in January 2021 Doc. 15272 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey

Documents

Agenda

Adopted texts

Speakers list

Date Lists
Monday 19 April 1 2 3
Tuesday 20 April 1 2 3 4 5 6
Wednesday 21 April 1 2 3 4 5
Thursday 22 April 1 2 3

Verbatim records

Date Morning Afternoon
Monday 19 April
Tuesday 20 April
Wednesday 21 April
Thursday 22 April
Friday 23 April

Multimedia resources

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Tuesday 20 April OV EN OV EN
Wednesday 21 April OV EN OV EN
Thursday 22 April OV EN