Debates on the arrival of irregular migrants and asylum seekers on Europe's southern shores and on the situation in Northern Africa

Adopting the final agenda of its plenary Spring Session, the Assembly today decided to hold, on Thursday 14 April, an urgent debate on the large-scale arrival of irregular migrants on Europe's southern shores and a current affairs debate on the situation in Northern Africa.

The parliamentarians noted that Steingrímur Sigfússon, Minister of Finance of Iceland, will not intervene in the debate on over-indebtedness of states scheduled for this afternoon.

As regards the election of the French judge to the European Court of Human Rights, the procedure has been interrupted, as one of the three candidates has withdrawn his candidature.

The French government has therefore been asked to provide the Assembly with the name of another person in order to complete the list. Other highlights of the Session are the debate on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue, Tuesday 12 April, and the address by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey, the following day.