Debates on a European perspective for the Western Balkans, countering Islamophobia or anti-Muslim racism, the honouring of obligations and commitments by Türkiye, and vaccine discrimination are among highlights of the 2022 Autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), to be held in Strasbourg from 10 to 14 October.
Also on the agenda is the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize Award Ceremony.
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland; Ignazio Cassis, Federal Councillor, President of the Swiss Confederation; and Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania, will address the Assembly and answer questions from the parliamentarians.
Thomas Byrne, Minister of State for European Affairs of Ireland, will present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers in the framework of the Irish Presidency of the Council of Europe.
Marija Pejčinović Burić, the Council of Europe Secretary General, will hold the usual question time with PACE members.
The Assembly will also debate reports on the misuse of the Schengen Information system by States as a politically-motivated sanction, the impact of Brexit on human rights on the island of Ireland, safe third countries for asylum seekers, illegal measures of migration management in the context of pushbacks on land and sea, discrimination against women in sport, the honouring of membership obligations to the Council of Europe by Romania and Hungary, and revisiting labour rights.
Three current affairs debates have been requested on “Europe half a year after the start of Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine”, “Food security in Europe: grain exports through Ukrainian ports” and ""The military hostilities between Armenia and Azerbaijan".
The Assembly will decide its final agenda on the first day of the session.
Tuesday 11 October 2022
Doc. 15609 (Report) Supporting a European perspective for the Western Balkans Doc. 15616 (Report) Raising awareness of and countering Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim racism, in Europe Doc. 15600 (Report) Misuse of the Schengen Information system by Council of Europe member States as a politically-motivated sanction
Wednesday 12 October 2022
Doc. 15618 (Report) The honouring of obligations and commitments by Türkiye Doc. 15615 (Report) The impact of Brexit on human rights on the island of Ireland Doc. 15592 (Report) Safe third countries for asylum seekers Doc. 15604 (Report) Pushbacks on land and sea: illegal measures of migration management
Thursday 13 October 2022
Doc. 15611 (Report) The fight for a level playing field – ending discrimination against women in the world of sport Doc. 15617 (Report) The honouring of membership obligations to the Council of Europe by Romania Doc. 15619 (Report) The honouring of membership obligations to the Council of Europe by Hungary
Friday 14 October 2022