PACE discusses situation in Ukraine, reconsiders Russian credentials

At its spring session in Strasbourg on 7-11 April the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) will debate a request to reconsider the already ratified credentials of the delegation of the Russian Federation on substantive grounds (under Rule 9 of the Rules of Procedure) and is likely to hold an urgent debate on threats to the functioning of democratic institutions in Ukraine (*).

The Ukrainian Prime Minister Arsenii Yatseniuk will not address the Assembly as  originally foreseen.

Other highlights on the draft agenda include an address by the President of Austria and a decision on granting partner for democracy status to the Kyrgyz Parliament, as well as a report on prostitution, trafficking and modern slavery in Europe.

The Assembly will also discuss the annual activity report by the Commissioner for Human Rights and hold a debate on user protection and security in cyberspace as well as the right to Internet access.

(*) The Assembly will decide its final agenda on the opening day of the session.