Europe and migration to take centre-stage at the Summer Session

Strasbourg, 16.06.2017 - Europe and migration will be one of the central themes of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Summer plenary session, to be held in Strasbourg from 26 to 30 June 2017.

Four reports will be debated on Wednesday 28 June, focusing on the humanitarian and political response to the migration crisis, the human rights implications of the European response to transit migration, migration as an opportunity for European development and the integration of refugees in times of critical pressure.

Speakers in the debates will include Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, Mayor of Athens Giorgos Kaminis, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks, and the Swedish Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

Other highlights of the session include debates on recognising and enforcing the principle of accountability in the Parliamentary Assembly, promoting integrity in governance to tackle political corruption and parliamentary scrutiny over corruption. It is also planned to hold debates on the situation in Belarus and political influence over independent media and journalists.

Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, and Duško Markovic, Prime Minister of Montenegro, will deliver speeches, and Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, will address the Assembly's parliamentarians in his capacity as Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers.

There has been a request for a current affairs debate on Europe’s common fight against terrorism: Successes and failures.

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

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Monday 26 June
• Statement by the President
• Election of a Vice-President of the Assembly in respect of the Republic of Moldova
• Progress report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee
• Address by Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova
• Question time to Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
• Free debate

Tuesday 27 June
• Recognition and implementation of the principle of accountability in the Parliamentary Assembly
• Address by Duško Markovic, Prime Minister of Montenegro
• Communication from the Committee of Ministers presented by Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Chairman of the Committee of Ministers

• Joint debate
- Promoting integrity in governance to tackle political corruption
- Parliamentary scrutiny over corruption: parliamentary co-operation with the investigative media
• The situation in Belarus

Wednesday 28 June
• Joint debate
- Statement by Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
- Statement by Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens
- A comprehensive humanitarian and political response to the migration and refugee crisis in Europe
- Human rights implications of the European response to transit migration across the Mediterranean
• Joint debate
- Statement by Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
- Statement by Morgan Johansson, Minister for Justice and Migration of Sweden
- Migration as an opportunity for European development
- Integration of refugees in times of critical pressure: learning from recent experience and examples of best practice

Thursday 29 June
• Possible debate under urgent procedure or current affairs debate
• Putting an end to sexual violence and harassment of women in public space
• The implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
• Political influence over independent media and journalists

Friday 30 June
• The “Turin process”: reinforcing social rights in Europe
• Progress report (continued)

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Practical information

Live web stream: the session is streamed live on PACE’s website.

Twitter: #PACEsummer2017

Press conferences will be announced on the spot. They are streamed live over the web.

Audiovisual Facilities: for TV planning units, videos in broadcast quality summing up PACE highlights can be downloaded for free. Contact: TVCoord@coe.int

Press accreditation: Directorate of communication, please fill in the form

Further details: see the Assembly's website.

Contact: PACE Communication Division, tel. +33 3 88 41 31 93; pace.com@coe.int