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Norwegian parliamentarians again come top in annual survey of PACE voting

Parliamentarians from Norway voted most often in plenary debates during 2012, holding on to the top slot they obtained in 2011. Norway’s delegation cast over 87 per cent of their maximum number of possible votes. More

Norway’s delegation cast nearly 90% of their maximum number of possible votes in 2011

Parliamentarians from Norway voted most often in plenary debates of the Assembly during 2011, according to statistics made public today. in a “league table” of the voting rates of national delegations. More

Committee on Rules of Procedure gives the go-ahead for PACE reform

As part of the reform of the PACE, the Committee on Rules of Procedure adopted a package of measures to increase the Assembly's political relevance and effectiveness, make it more visible, rationalise its operational resources and improve the commitment and participation of its members. More

Credentials of Albanian delegation to PACE challenged

The credentials of the Albanian delegation to PACE were challenged on procedural grounds on the opening day of the session in Strasbourg. Making the challenge, Mátyás Eörsi (Hungary), who heads the ALDE group, said: “We have reason to believe that one of our Assembly members from Albania was removed in a way which is in breach of the applicable rules.” The Assembly’s Rules Committee will now prepare a report on the matter, and the Assembly will make a final decision on Thursday morning. More

Seminar in Stockholm on the role of the opposition in a democratic parliament

“The role of the opposition in a democratic parliament” is the title of a seminar which took place at the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm on 10 December 2004, organised by PACE's Rules Committee. The seminar covered topics such as “how much opposition is necessary or desirable in a democracy?” and the rights and resources necessary for an opposition to contribute to the democratic functioning of a parliament, drawing on examples of current practice from national legislatures around Europe. More

A larger, more representative Bureau

The Assembly today agreed to expand its Bureau – the body which prepares and co-ordinates its work – from 25 members to 36 members, including the chairpersons of the Assembly’s ten general committees and creating a new Vice-President to represent smaller national delegations. With their in-depth knowledge of the Assembly’s activities, the committee chairs would make the Bureau more representative, the Assembly said. The new, enlarged Bureau will meet for the first time on Friday 25 June. More