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Athens, 25 November 2021

Standing Committee of Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) to meet in Rome

The two-day meeting of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) begins today (25 November) in Rome and will conclude tomorrow. MP and member of the Greek delegation Dimitrios Kairidis will participate. 

Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio will present the priorities of Italy’s Presidency, and  the Standing Committee will hear welcome addresses by Roberto Fico, President of the Chamber of Deputies, and Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati, President of the Senate.

On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, which falls on the same day, there will be an exchange of views on the role of men in stopping gender-based violence and the committee is due to approve a report revising the Assembly’s Code of Conduct introducing the explicit prohibition of sexism, sexual harassment and sexual violence and misconduct.

Italian Minister of Justice Marta Cartabia will intervene during the discussion of a report on fighting corruption, including general principles of political responsibility.

There has been a request for a current affairs debate on the situation of migrants on the border with Belarus. The Standing Committee will mark the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions with a reports on the increasing synergy between international humanitarian law and international human rights and the voluntary relocation of migrants in need of humanitarian protection and the voluntary resettlement of refugees.

Other reports to be debated include the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on education and culture, the best interests of the child and policies to ensure a work-life balance, the gender aspects and human rights implications of pornography, and discrimination against Roma and Travellers in the field of housing.

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