PACE to hold urgent debate on the election process for the Council of Europe Secretary General

Strasbourg, 27.04.2009 - Adopting the final agenda of its spring plenary session (Strasbourg, 27-30 April 2009), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) this morning decided to hold an urgent debate on Wednesday 29 April at 3 p.m. on the election process for the Council of Europe Secretary General. This is in addition to two other urgent debates already scheduled, one on draft Protocol No. 14 bis to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the other on the functioning of democratic institutions in Moldova.
The Assembly also noted that the President of the Government of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, was to address the Assembly on Wednesday 29 April 2009 at 5.30 pm. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Co-operation of Spain, Miguel Angel Moratinos, will address the Assembly the following day, Thursday 30 April at 11 a.m. in his capacity as Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers.
 
The Assembly also decided to hold a debate on women in prison on Tuesday 28 April. It postponed to a later date the debate on the financing of public service broadcasting, initially scheduled on the same day.