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Athens, 18 June 2021

3rd Part of Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe 2021 Ordinary Session

The 3rd part of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) 2021 ordinary session will take place in a hybrid format from the 21st to the 24th of June.

To Strasbourg will go MPs Dora Bakoyannis (Head), Dimitris Kairidis, Nina Kasimati, Georgios Katrougalos, George Papandreou, Theodoros Roussopoulos, Anastasios Chatzivasileiou and Sokratis Famellos, while the members of the delegation, MPs Evripidis Stylianidis, Foteini Pipili, Alexandros Triantafyllidis, Liana Kanelli and Foteini Bakadima will participate remotely via an online platform.

Among the issues on the agenda of the session are the protection of fundamental rights and the legal implications of Covid-19 certificates (“covid passes”) the socio-economic crisis sparked by the pandemic and the impact on children’s rights. 

The session will mark the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention).

Furthermore the Assembly will discuss whether politicians should be prosecuted for statements made in the exercise of their mandate, transparency and regulation of donations to political parties and electoral campaigns from foreign donors and enhancing participation of women from under-represented groups in political and public decision-making.

Parliamentarians will debate media freedom, the situation of the Crimean Tatars, public trust and the people’s right to know, as well as the European policy on diasporas and the fight against Afrophobia in Europe. 

In the framework of the Hungarian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó will address the Assembly and answer questions. Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will also take part in a question and answer session. 

Also, reports on the recent parliamentary elections in Bulgaria and Albania will be discussed and the Assembly will elect judges to the European Court of Human Rights in respect of Croatia and the Russian Federation. 

Lastly, the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons has suggested a current affairs debate on “The need for an effective solidarity mechanism between European countries to relieve migratory pressure on front line countries”. The Greek Minister of Migration and Asylum Panagiotis Mitarakis will participate. 


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