Autumn session: decision-making process concerning credentials and voting

Strasbourg, 28.09.2018 - At its autumn session in Strasbourg (8-12 October 2018), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is due to discuss the strengthening of its decision-making process concerning credentials and voting.

The winner of the 2018 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize will be announced on Monday 8 October, from a shortlist of three nominees, and the prize awarded in a special ceremony in the plenary.

PACE will hold a joint debate on the foreign funding of Islam in Europe and the radicalisation of migrants and diaspora communities. It will discuss the access to member States by Council of Europe and United Nations human rights monitoring bodies as well as deal-making in criminal procedures.

A current affairs debate has been requested on “Council of Europe – An organisation in crisis”.

Other items on the agenda include the treatment of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system, migration from a gender perspective, family reunification in member states and equality in private life regardless of sexual orientation

Nuclear safety and security in Europe as well as the crash of Polish Air Force Tu-154M transporting the Polish State delegation are also due for debate.

Finally, there will be a discussion on the role of national parliaments in successful decentralisation processes, with a statement by the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia will address the Assembly and answer questions, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, who chairs the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, will present the communication on its recent activities. The Organisation’s Secretary General will answer questions from Assembly members.

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


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Monday 8 October
• Statement by the President of the Assembly
• Progress report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee
Observation of the early presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey (24 June 2018)
Václav Havel Human Rights Prize Award Ceremony

Tuesday 9 October
• [Possibly] Elections of judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Albania, Norway, Turkey
Strengthening the decision-making process of the Parliamentary Assembly concerning
credentials and voting

• Address by Khemaies Jhinaoui, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia
The treatment of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system

Wednesday 10 October
• Joint debate
- Regulating foreign funding of Islam in Europe in order to prevent radicalisation and
Islamophobia

- Radicalisation of migrants and diaspora communities in Europe
• Communication from the Committee of Ministers presented by Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
Private and family life: achieving equality regardless of sexual orientation
Nuclear safety and security in Europe
Unlimited access to member States, including “grey zones”, by Council of Europe and
United Nations human rights monitoring bodies

Thursday 11 October
• [Possible] Debate under urgent procedure or current affairs debate
• Question time with Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe
The role of national parliaments in successful decentralisation processes and statement by Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
• Joint debate
- Family reunification of refugees and migrants in the Council of Europe member States
- Migration from a gender perspective: empowering women as key actors for integration

Friday 12 October
Deal-making in criminal proceedings: the need for minimum standards for trial waiver
systems

The crash of Polish Air Force Tu-154M transporting the Polish State delegation, on 10 April 2010 on the Russian Federation's territory
• Progress report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee (continued)

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Practical information

Livestreams: plenary session and press conferences
Video on demand: clips can be downloaded for free in broadcast quality (user guide) or via TVCoord@coe.int
Press accreditation: apply online here
Social media: PACE YouTube channel; Twitter; Facebook; Flickr
Hashtag: #PACEautumn2018
Web: PACE site and session page
Contact: PACE Communication Division, tel. +33 3 88 41 31 93; pace.com@coe.int