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Spring Session 2024

PACE spring session: opinion on the application by Kosovo* to join the Council of Europe, Alexei Navalny’s death and the need to counter Vladimir Putin’s regime

A debate on the application by Kosovo* for membership of the Council of Europe, and vote on a draft opinion, will be a highlight of the spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), taking place in Strasbourg on 15-19 April 2024.

There will also be a joint debate on “Alexei Navalny’s death and the need to counter Vladimir Putin’s totalitarian regime and its war on democracy”, and on “the arbitrary detention of Vladimir Kara-Murza and the systematic persecution of anti-war protestors in Russia and Belarus”, together with a third report proposing targeted sanctions against the individuals involved in Mr Kara-Murza’s detention, conviction and earlier poisoning.

The Assembly is also due to discuss support for the reconstruction of Ukraine, including a proposal to use frozen Russian state assets for this purpose, with the participation of the Chairman of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada Ruslan Stefanchuk.

The Assembly is due to give its statutory Opinion on the Council of Europe's "draft Framework Convention on Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law" during an urgent debate. It will also hold a current affairs debate on "Responding to the humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza and preventing further escalations in the Middle East following the recent Iranian attack against Israel".

Personalities due to address the Assembly include HSH Hereditary Prince Alois von und zu Liechtenstein, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Moldova Mihail Popşoi. Liechtenstein Foreign Minister Dominique Hasler will present the communication from the Committee of Ministers in the framework of Liechtenstein's Presidency of the Council of Europe. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinovic Burić will hold her usual question time.

Other debates foreseen include the freedom of expression and assembly of LGBTI people in Europe, and a joint debate on “mainstreaming the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment” and on Council of Europe strategies for healthy seas and oceans.

The parliamentarians will also discuss the protection of children against online violence, and hold a joint debate on the relationship between the majority and the opposition in a democracy, and on good practice in referendums.

Finally, the Assembly will debate the honouring of obligations and commitments by Albania – including a proposal to end the full monitoring of this member state.

* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, shall be understood in full compliance with UN Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.

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Reports and opinions

Monday 15 April 2024

Doc. 15960 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes Doc. 15959 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (26 January - 15 April 2024) Doc. 15959 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (15 April 2024) Doc. 15959 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15946 (Report) Relationship between the parliamentary majority and the opposition in a democracy Doc. 15940 (Report) Promoting the revised Code of Good Practice on Referendums

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Doc. 15938 (Communication) Election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Ireland Doc. 15959 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15949 (Communication) Election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Latvia Doc. 15924 (Communication) Election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Liechtenstein Doc. 15932 (Report) Support for the reconstruction of Ukraine Doc. 15941 (Committee Opinion) Support for the reconstruction of Ukraine Doc. 15958 (Report) Application by Kosovo* for membership of the Council of Europe Doc. 15957 (Request for an opinion) Transmission by the Committee of Ministers to the Parliamentary Assembly for consultation of the letter of 12 May 2022 addressed to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, in accordance with Statutory Resolution (51) 30 Doc. 15964 (Committee Opinion) Application by Kosovo* for membership of the Council of Europe Doc. 15965 (Committee Opinion) Application by Kosovo* for membership of the Council of Europe

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Doc. 15924 (Communication) Election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Liechtenstein Doc. 15959 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights Doc. 15966 (Report) Alexei Navalny's death and the need to counter Vladimir Putin's totalitarian regime and its war on democracy Doc. 15967 (Report) The arbitrary detention of Vladimir Kara-Murza and the systematic persecution of anti-war protesters in the Russian Federation and Belarus Doc. 15939 (Report) Sanctions against persons on the "Kara-Murza list" Doc. 15953 (Report) Freedom of expression and assembly of LGBTI people in Europe Doc. 15950 (Report) The honouring of obligations and commitments by Albania

Thursday 18 April 2024

Doc. 15955 (Report) Mainstreaming the human right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment with the Reykjavik process Doc. 15956 (Report) Towards Council of Europe strategies for healthy seas and oceans to counter the climate crisis Doc. 15971 (Report) Draft Framework Convention on Artificial Intelligence, Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Doc. 15951 (Request for an opinion) Draft Framework Convention on artificial intelligence, human rights, democracy and the rule of law

Friday 19 April 2024

Doc. 15954 (Report) The protection of children against online violence

Current Sitting Timing
(18/04/2024 – 15:30-20:00)

10:30 – Debates under urgent procedure

Speakers: 25

 

16:55 – Current affairs debate

Speakers: 43

Speakers list

Date Lists
Monday 15 April 1 2 3
Tuesday 16 April 1 2 3
Wednesday 17 April 1 2 3 4
Thursday 18 April 1 2 3

Verbatim records

Date Morning Afternoon
Monday 15 April
Tuesday 16 April
Wednesday 17 April
Thursday 18 April

Multimedia resources

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Tuesday 16 April OV EN
Wednesday 17 April OV EN
Thursday 18 April OV EN OV EN

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