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Rik Daems, re-elected President, invites members to see PACE as vehicle for upholding shared values

Strasbourg, 25.01.2021 – Rik Daems, re-elected today for a second one-year term as President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), thanked members for their confidence and welcomed the holding of PACE’s first hybrid plenary session. In his re-investiture speech, he stressed that... More

Russian delegation’s credentials challenged at opening of PACE hybrid plenary session

The credentials of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have been challenged on substantive grounds (Rule 8 of the Rules of Procedure) on the opening day of the 2021 “hybrid” winter plenary session. The challenge – made by the head of the Ukrainian... More

PACE reviews the work of its subsidiary bodies over a whole year

The organisation of the Assembly’s work in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic with supplementary working methods and arrangements for the conduct of remote meetings; election observations; the 2020 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize; budgetary matters; and gender equality in the functioning of the... More

PACE reviews progress of Council of Europe states under monitoring in 2020

PACE today adopted its annual report taking stock of its monitoring activities in 2020 and making a series of assessments of the progress of the countries subject to the monitoring procedure or engaged in post-monitoring dialogue. There are eleven countries subject to the full monitoring... More

Human rights conventions are the ‘soul’ of modern Europe : Secretary General tells PACE

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić has underlined the importance of the Organisation’s two key conventions: the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Social Charter. Addressing a hybrid session of the Parliamentary Assembly, she described them as comprising the “soul... More

The Assembly elects its Vice-Presidents

At the opening of its Winter plenary Session today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected its Vice-Presidents: José Badia (Monaco)Theodora Bakoyannis (Greece)Gusty Graas (Luxembourg)John Howell (United Kingdom)Kimmo Kiljunen (Finland)Irakli Kobakhidze (Georgia)Emanuel... More