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  The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe comprises 313 representatives (and an equal number of substitutes), who are chosen by the parliaments of the member states.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe discusses topical themes and produces initiatives, on the basis of which decisions are taken by the Committee of Ministers.
Secretariat of the Finnish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly
www.eduskunta.fi /efakta/en/main.htm   (1697 words)

 Embassy of France in the US - Iraq/Middle East/France/US
Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly debate in preparation for the summit of heads of State and government – Speech by M. Michel Barnier, Minister of Foreign Affairs (excerpts).
Indeed, the Council of Europe is on the threshold of an important stage in its history: it has made a success of its enlargement, except for Belarus; it holds the memory, has been the guardian of the progress of democracy in Europe for over 50 years.
The first is that the Council of Europe must play to its strengths and maintain its level of excellence, intransigence on the issues it knows better than anyone else: protection of human rights, democracy, pre-eminence of the law.
www.info-france-usa.org /news/statmnts/2005/barnier_europe012605.asp   (983 words)

 The Parliamentary Assembly
The Parliamentary Assembly is one of the Council of Europe's two main statutory organs and represents the main political tendencies in its member states.
The special guest status created by the Parliamentary Assembly in 1989 allowed parliamentary delegations from the emerging pluralist democracies of central and eastern Europe which were not full members of the Organisation to attend the Assembly's plenary sessions and committee meetings.
The Austrian Socialist Peter Schieder was elected on 21 January 2002 as President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
www.cid.bg /structure_coe/assembly_e.htm   (917 words)

 Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE Web site)
Belgrade, 30.10.2006 — The Constitutional Referendum held in the Republic of Serbia on 28 and 29 October 2006 was, in general, conducted with due respect for Serbia’s democratic commitments to the Council of Europe, concluded a delegation of observers from the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE).
Items on the agenda include co-operation between the Council of Europe and the EU, follow-up to Mr Juncker's report on co-operation between the two institutions, the roles of the Council and the EU in defending human rights and the development of inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue.
Mr Elo’s report is due to be debated by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe during its winter session in January 2007.
assembly.coe.int   (707 words)

 Parliamentary Assembly - Council of Europe (COE) - Equal Employment Opportunities
The Parliamentary Assembly is one of two statutory organs of the COE.
The Assembly, who affirms that equality of rights between women and men is a fundamental principle of democracy, considers that both sexes should have the same opportunities to deploy their skills in all sectors of occupational, political, family and cultural life.
The Assembly, noting that women are very much under-represented in the political institutions, is convinced that little progress has been made despite ratification of the CEDAW, recommendations of the Committee of Ministers regarding women’s participation in political life, and the Platform for Action of the Beijing UN Conference.
www.ilo.org /public/english/employment/gems/eeo/coe/law/pa.htm   (2186 words)

 Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe threatens to suspend Ukraine's credentials (05/30/99)
KYIV - The Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly may suspend the credentials of Ukraine's parliamentary delegation after a monitoring committee decided on May 20 that Ukraine was not making substantial progress in the commitments it made when it joined the organization in 1995.
A spokesperson at the Council of Europe's Kyiv office emphasized that the move was not a recommendation to have Ukraine's membership in the European assembly canceled but a notification that until Ukraine does begin to further improve human rights standards its delegation would not be seated at assembly meetings.
The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is a quasi-governmental European body of representatives of the parliaments of Europe that has no legislative authority, but some policy-making influence through a limited number of sanctions that it can apply to its 41 member-states.
www.ukrweekly.com /Archive/1999/229902.shtml   (767 words)

 Council of Europe
The Council of Europe agreed to the use by the Community of the European flag that it had adopted in 1955 and Community institutions have been using it since the beginning of 1986.
The Council of Europe and the institutions of the European Union have expressed satisfaction with the growing awareness of the European flag and emblem among European citizens.
The European Commission and the Council of Europe are responsible for ensuring that all uses of this symbol respect the dignity of the European flag and emblem, and for taking whatever measures are necessary to prevent misuse.
www.fotw.net /flags/eu_ce.html   (1154 words)

 Armenian presidential elections 1998 - COUNCIL OF EUROPE - THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OBSERVIHG THE ELECTIONS IN ARMENIA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Yerevan, 18.03.98: "Overall, the presidential election in Armenia held 16 March 1998 was deemed by the Council of Europe observers as acceptable for this stage in the electoral process.
The observation of the elections is part of the procedure fog Armenia's accession to the Council of Europe.
On 26 January 1996, the Armenian Parliament obtained special status with the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly.
www.asbarez.com /aol/election98/98031821.htm   (502 words)

 Council of Europe to Probe Alleged CIA Jails
The Council of Europe is the continent's top human rights watchdog and includes the European Court of Human Rights.
Assembly President Rene van der Linden said Council of Europe members were legally obliged to respect the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture.
He said he hopes to discuss the matter at a meeting of the parliamentary assembly's legal affairs committee later this month in Romania and have a final report ready by January.
www.truthout.org /docs_2005/printer_110905B.shtml   (679 words)

 GRAIN | BIO-IPR | 24 September 1999
The Assembly deems it necessary to oblige scientists, as well as scientific research and development units working in the field of biotechnology, to conform with the Convention on Biological Diversity (Rio de Janeiro, 1992).
The Assembly has taken note that Directive 98/44/EEC on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions of 6 July 1998 (BioPatenting Directive of the European Community) was challenged at the European Court of Justice by the governments of the Netherlands and Italy, and that Norway is considering not implementing it.
The Assembly considers that monopolies granted by patent authorities may undermine the value of regional and worldwide genetic resources and of traditional knowledge in those countries that provide access to the these resources.
www.grain.org /bio-ipr/?id=83   (798 words)

 Russia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Assembly, in Order No. 488 (1993), instructed its Political Affairs Committee and Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights "to monitor closely the honouring of commitments entered into by the authorities of new member states and to report to the Bureau at regular six-monthly intervals until all undertakings have been honoured".
In resolution 1031 (1994) the Assembly observed "that all member states of the Council of Europe are required to respect their obligations under the Statute, the European Convention on Human Rights and all other conventions to which they are parties.
The Assembly may sanction persistent failure to honour commitments, and lack of co-operation in its monitoring process, by the non-ratification of the credentials of a national parliamentary delegation at the beginning of its next ordinary session, in accordance with Rule 6 of the Rules of Procedure.
www.hrw.org /reports/1997/rusfed/Russia-10.htm   (502 words)

 Council of Europe Must Act on Chechnya (Press Release, 1/25/2000)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
While the periodic visits to the region by Council of Europe officials have made an important contribution, it is our view that only under such on-going scrutiny can the international community hope to see the parties to the conflict abide by international law.
As signatories to the Convention bound to uphold and enforce its provisions throughout the Council of Europe region, member states are obligated to bring and interstate complaint in the face of such egregious and systematic violations.
The Parliamentary Assembly must in the face of these escalating abuses follow through on its December warning and suspend the credentials of the Russian parliamentary delegation.
www.hrw.org /press/2000/01/chech0125.htm   (1206 words)

 Parliamentary Assembly (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.virginia.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE is the parliamentary dimension of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, whose 56 participating States span the geographical area from Vancouver to Vladivostok.
The primary task of the 320 member Assembly is to facilitate inter-parliamentary dialogue, an important aspect of the overall effort to meet the challenges of democracy throughout the OSCE area.
The 7 October parliamentary election in the Republic of Latvia was administered transparently and professionally, and the campaign took place in a competitive and pluralistic environment.
www.osce.org.cob-web.org:8888 /pa   (866 words)

 The Epoch Times | Council of Europe Parliament Condemns Human Rights Violations by Communist Regimes   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Assembly called on all communist or post-communist parties among Council of Europe member states "to reassess the history of communism and their own past […] and condemn them without any ambiguity" if they have not done so previously.
Separate from the European Union, the Council of Europe was established in 1949 and focuses primarily on the promotion of European cooperation, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
The Assembly said in the resolution that the Council of Europe is "well placed" to host this debate as all of the former European communist countries — with the exception of Belarus — are now members of the organization.
www.theepochtimes.com /news/6-1-25/37405.html   (327 words)

 back010425a.htm - Council of Europe - Parliamentary Assemble - Wednesday 25 April 2001 - Parliamentary Assembly debates ...
The Assembly urged the international and local organisations and bodies present in Kosovo to continue to cooperate, to look at conditions conducive to the safe, voluntary return of minorities as an absolute priority and to set the stage for a constructive, inter-ethnic dialogue open to all sides.
The Assembly said the Committee of Ministers should increase its political and financial support for the Council of Europe office in Pristina and give that office a mandate to monitor the process of return of all refugees to Kosovo, in close cooperation with other international and local organisations.
As the Council of Europe was at present the international organisation best placed to promote the protection of human rights and participate in the drafting of legislation, the Assembly recommended stepping up the organisation's presence in the field.
www.bndlg.de /~wplarre/back010425a.htm   (710 words)

 Chechnya: Human Right Center "MEMORIAL". Appeal the Members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, 25.09.2000 ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
We are grateful to the Parliamentary Assembly for its firm position in relation to the tragic events in the North Caucasus.
The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly has urged the Russian government to enter in a political dialogue without any preconditions or limitations with the whole spectrum of representatives of the Chechen people, including representatives of lawfully elected Chechen authorities, with the goal of attaining a comprehensive political settlement of the conflict.
We appeal to the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly to go beyond declarations, symbolic acts and small concessions, and to retain its firm position in relation to our government regarding the current events in Chechnya, focusing consistently on their progress.
www.gfbv.it.cob-web.org:8888 /3dossier/cecenia/cecen-en1.html   (3243 words)

 Europe - General info on Cults, Sects, and Alternative Religious Movements   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
by the Committee on Culture and Education of the Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly.
Report of the Committee on Culture and Education of the Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly.
The Assembly feels that governments should also do more to guarantee freedom of conscience and religious expression, to develop education about religions, to encourage dialogue with and between religions and to promote the cultural and social expression of religions.
www.apologeticsindex.org /europe-00.html   (771 words)

 Minister Receives Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Rapporteurs
Minister Oskanian received the co-rapporteurs for Armenia representing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe -- Jerzy Jaskernia and Rene Andre.
The Minister welcomed the two and reiterated Armenia's belief that membership in the Council of Europe is very important for Armenia and that Armenia is committed to meeting all its obligations.
The Minister explained that Armenia had held two important elections this year and that the leadership is prepared to work with the Council of Europe in the coming years to improve both election procedures and legislation.
www.armeniaforeignministry.com /PR/PR255.html   (226 words)

 Armenian presidential elections 1998 - Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The request for accession was presented on 22 December 1991 and special guest status with the Parliamentary Assembly was granted to the Armenian parliament on 26 January 1994.
Council of Europe experts were assisting the Armenian National Assembly in the elaboration of a draft which would be compatible with modern standards.
The statement by the Chair of the ad hoc Committee of the Council of Europe stressed that the observed irregularities were committed by over-zealous individuals at the middle level of the State apparatus and did not appear to represent a co-ordinated attempt by the government to rig the elections.
www.asbarez.com /aol/election98/98042001.htm   (3351 words)

 EurasiaNet Civil Society - Armenia and Azerbaijan Integrate Into Europe Together
The Council of Ministers is almost certain to ratify the parliamentary decision.
Nevertheless, Armenia and Azerbaijan were the last of the eligible Soviet successor states to be approved for membership in the Council of Europe, largely because of the organization’s concern for these countries’ human rights practices and the prospect of inducting states that are still, technically, at war with each other.
Both the Council of Europe and the OSCE have emphasized the need for Armenia and Azerbaijan to reach a peaceful settlement of the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and to insure free and fair elections.
www.eurasianet.org /departments/civilsociety/articles/eav072500.shtml   (949 words)

 Council of Europe - CICC
Founded in 1949, the Council of Europe is the largest regional intergovernmental organization set up with the aim to defend human rights, parliamentary democracy and the rule of law and acting as a political anchor and human rights watchdog for Europe at large.
The CICC Europe Office also works with the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, which adopted several strong resolutions on the ICC, and which encouraged the Committee of Ministers to react by adopting a number of declarations on the ICC.
Notes from the plenary of the General Assembly on the cooperation between the UN and the Council of Europe
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 Council of Europe
The Council of Europe and the Norwegian government authorities are organising in Oslo (Norway) on 1-2 November, the fourth in a series of regional information and awareness raising seminars on human trafficking, to promote the signature and ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
The Council of Europe is organising a film festival ''The fortnight of Roma cinema'' 1-14 November, at Strasbourg’s cinema L’Odyssée, to celebrate the art, culture and contribution to European society of the Roma.
The Ministers of Justice and of the Interior of the 46 member states of the Council of Europe will gather together in Moscow on 9 and 10 November to discuss the operation of Council of Europe instruments on European co-operation in criminal justice matters, reinforce their implementation and modernise them where necessary.
www.coe.int   (1036 words)

 International News | Council of Europe Calls on U.S. To Lift 'Mexico City' Policy - Kaisernetwork.org
The Council of Europe's parliamentary assembly on Tuesday voted 89-8 to adopt a resolution calling on President Bush to abandon the so-called "Mexico City" policy, which prevents federal funding from going to international family planning groups that provide any abortion-related services,
The council's resolution calls for an "enlightened debate with the United States on the harmful effects of the re-establishment of the 'Mexico City policy' in an attempt to encourage President George W. Bush to cancel it," according to
Ans Zwerver, a Dutch member of the parliamentary assembly, said that the Mexico City policy "is a contradiction in itself, it is not pro-life, but rather against it." Zwerver added that all women should have access to abortions performed under "secure and accessible" conditions.
www.kaisernetwork.org /daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=20146   (242 words)

 World Federation of Right to Die Societies: news
On the 5th September, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Social, Health and Family Affairs voted by a narrow margin to adopt the Report on Euthanasia prepared by Dick Marty.
Matyas Eorsi (Hungary), the Liberal member of the Assembly who moved that the debate should be postponed said that members had not had sufficient time to read a rather negative Opinion prepared by Kevin McNamara on behalf of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights or to investigate the issue further.
Right to Die Europe also sent letters and emails to all members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (except the Christian Democrats, right-wingers and known opponents) before the plenary session at which the Report was scheduled to be debated.
www.worldrtd.net /news/world/?id=593   (1350 words)

Highlights: the presentation of Jean-Claude Juncker's report on the relationship between the Council of Europe and the EU, the need to put a stop to trafficking in women as the FIFA World Cup approaches and the fight against the resurgence of Nazi ideology.
Alleged secret detentions in Council of Europe member states, the need for international condemnation of the crimes of totalitarian communist regimes and human rights violations in the Chechen Republic are among subjects scheduled for debate during the Session
An assessment of Russia 's honouring of its Council of Europe obligations and commitments and a report on the media and terrorism are among highlights of the summer session
www.coe.int /T/E/Com/Files/PA-Sessions   (419 words)

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