President Macron addresses PACE at its Autumn session

On the occasion of the Autumn Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg (30 September-4 October), the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, will address PACE and answer questions from parliamentarians on Tuesday 1 October.

French Secretary of State for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin will present the communication from the Committee of Ministers and Marija Pejcinovic Buric, newly elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will address the Assembly.

The winner of the 2019 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize – chosen from a shortlist of three nominees – will be announced on Monday 30 September. The Prize will be awarded at a special ceremony in the plenary.

During the session, the Assembly will focus on the protection of whistleblowers, common standards for ombudsman institutions, and the protection of victims of terrorism, as well as the preservation of Jewish cultural heritage. The Assembly will also discuss reports on climate refugees and labour migration in Eastern Europe, and on obstetrical and gynaecological violence.

There has been a request for an urgent debate on “Democratic rights violations and suppression of peaceful protests in the Russian Federation on the background of elections to the Moscow City Council”.

Reports on the functioning of democratic institutions in the Republic of Moldova, and on post-monitoring dialogue with Northern Macedonia, as well as a report on the contribution of the Council of Europe Development Bank to a more inclusive society, with an intervention by its Governor, also feature on the agenda.

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

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Practical information

Live web stream: The session is streamed live on PACE’s website.
Twitter: #PACEautumn2019
Press conferences: will be announced on the spot. They are streamed live over the web.
Audiovisual: download and share clips of plenary debates from the Video on demand service (user guide), or request other audiovisual facilities.
For 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