19-20 September – Budapest (Hungary)
Colloquy on parliamentary technology assessment for central and eastern Europe
Organised by PACE’s Sub-committee on Science and Ethics, this colloquy looks at how elected representatives in central and eastern Europe can be better informed on developments in science and technology to help them prepare legislation. Earlier, the sub-committee discusses the precautionary principle and student disaffection for scientific studies. Information document and programme.
20-24 September – Moscow (Russia)
PACE rapporteur on fair trial issues in espionage cases visits Moscow
Christos Pourgourides (Cyprus, EPP/CD), who is preparing a report on Fair trial issues in criminal cases concerning espionage or divulging state secrets, will meet representatives of the FSB, the Prosecutor General’s office, the Pardons Commission and parliamentarians as well as the families and lawyers of alleged spies in prison or facing charges and leading members of the Public Committee for the Protection of Scientists, including former journalist Grigory Pasko. The rapporteur has also requested to meet imprisoned researcher Igor Sutyagin.
21-24 September – Bratislava and Košice (Slovak Republic)
Post-monitoring dialogue with the Slovak Republic
The Vice-Chair of PACE’s Monitoring Committee Hanne Severinsen (Denmark, ALDE) will discuss issues still outstanding when the monitoring procedure for the Slovak Republic was closed in 1999. She is due to meet the Vice-Prime Minister responsible for European integration and the Foreign, Education, Interior and Regional Development Ministers, as well as senior judges and broadcasting regulators. In Košice, she will meet members of the Roma community and Hungarian minority.
23-24 September – Moscow (Russia)
Parliamentary hearing on HIV/AIDS in Russia
Participants in the hearing, organised by PACE’s Sub-committee on Health in collaboration with the Russian State Duma’s working group on HIV/AIDS, include the Chair of the State Duma Committee on Healthcare, Russia’s Ombudsman and the head of Russia’s Federal AIDS Centre. Prior to the hearing, from 21 to 22 September, Chris McCafferty (United Kingdom, SOC), who is preparing a report on HIV/AIDS in Europe, meets people living with the condition in Moscow and NGOs working in HIV/AIDS prevention and care in the city.