Debates on beating Covid-19 with public health measures, on combating rising hate against LGBTI people in Europe and alleged violations of their rights in the Southern Caucasus, on football governance – with an intervention by FIFA President Giovanni Infantino – and on the poisoning of Alexei Navalny were among highlights of the 2022 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), held from 24 to 28 January in a hybrid format.
On 27 January the Assembly held a special event to mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, with messages from Shoah survivors Eva Clarke and Liliana Segre and French President Emmanuel Macron. French Education, Youth and Sports Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer and Italian Education Minister Patrizio Bianchi will also address the parliamentarians. The event was followed by a debate on the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe.
At the opening of the Session, the Assembly elected Tiny Kox as new President. Željko Komšić, Chairperson of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, also addressed the parliamentarians. The Assembly held its usual exchange of views with the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić presented her communication to the Assembly.
The PACE held a current affairs debate on “Recent challenges to security in Europe: what role for the Council of Europe?”
Also on the agenda were debates on the role of the media in times of crisis, the EU pact on migration and asylum seen from a human rights perspective, children's right to be heard in a democracy and on climate change, enforced disappearances on Council of Europe territory, and the functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia.
Monday 24 January 2022
Doc. 15441 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 15439 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (30 September 2021-21 January 2022) Doc. 15439 Add. 1 (Progress report) Gender equality in the functioning of the Assembly Doc. 15439 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15439 Add. 3 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (21 January 2022) Doc. 15442 (Communication) President's activities (January-December 2021) Doc. 15428 (Election observation report) Observation of the presidential and early parliamentary elections in Bulgaria (14 November 2021) Doc. 15427 (Election observation report) Observation of the parliamentary elections in the Kyrgyz Republic (28 November 2021) Doc. 15435 (Report) The right to be heard: child participation, a foundation for democratic societies Doc. 15436 (Report) Inaction on climate change – a violation of children's rights Doc. 15438 (Report) European Union Pact on Migration and Asylum: a human rights perspective
Tuesday 25 January 2022
Doc. 15425 (Report) Combating rising hate against LGBTI people in Europe Doc. 15429 (Report) Alleged violations of the rights of LGBTI people in the Southern Caucasus Doc. 15440 (Parliamentary questions) Parliamentary question to the Chairperson-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers Doc. 15437 (Report) The role of the media in times of crisis
Wednesday 26 January 2022
Doc. 15430 (Report) Football governance: business and values Doc. 15426 (Report) Sports policies in times of crisis Doc. 15443 (Report) Challenge, on substantive grounds, of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Russian Federation Doc. 15445 (Committee Opinion) Challenge, on substantive grounds, of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Russian Federation Doc. 15434 (Report) Poisoning of Alexei Navalny
Thursday 27 January 2022
Doc. 15444 (Report) Beating Covid-19 with public health measures Doc. 15431 (Report) Ending enforced disappearances on the territory of the Council of Europe Doc. 15423 (Report) The Observatory on History Teaching in Europe Doc. 15432 (Report) The functioning of democratic institutions in Armenia
Friday 28 January 2022
Doc. 15433 (Report) Progress of the Assembly's monitoring procedure (January-December 2021) Doc. 15439 Add. 4 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (28 January 2022)
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