COVID-19: Standing Committee meets by videoconference to assess national responses to the pandemic

The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will meet by videoconference on Thursday 30 April 2020.

PACE President Rik Daems will make an opening speech.

The Chairpersons of the five political groups (SOC, EPP/CD, ALDE, EC/DA, UEL) have tabled a request for a current affairs debate entitled: “Response of the Council of Europe member States to the COVID-19 pandemic with respect to human rights, democracy and the rule of law”.

If this request is accepted, the parliamentarians will discuss the sanitary, political, legal and economic responses of member States to the pandemic and their impact. They will also discuss the concerns raised concerning proportionality of limitations on freedom for citizens and the risks of political instrumentalisation of the situation.

The members of the Standing Committee will also examine the draft agenda of the Parliamentary Assembly's Summer session to be held from 22 to 26 June 2020.

Draft agenda (PDF)

Link for connection (from 3 pm) – original language (French or English) only.

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The meeting of the Standing Committee, which may be followed by videoconference, will take place on Thursday, 30 April from 3 pm to 5.30 pm.

Contact : PACE Communication Division, pace.com@coe.int

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(*) The Standing Committee, which acts on the Assembly’s behalf between plenary sessions, is made up of the President and Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the chairpersons of political groups, the chairpersons of national delegations and the committee chairpersons, totalling some 60 parliamentarians from the Council of Europe's 47 member States.