#MeToo: alarming levels of sexual abuse and violence found in parliaments

A new study by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe shows that acts of sexism, abuse and violence against women are widespread in parliaments across Europe. More

Smolensk crash: Russia should hand over the aircraft wreckage to Polish authorities ‘without further delay’

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) PACE has called on Russia to “hand over the wreckage of the Polish Air Force Tu-154 to the competent Polish authorities without further delay”, in a manner that “avoids any further deterioration” of potential evidence. More

Criminal proceedings: minimum standards for trial waiver systems

Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) the Assembly has considered it essential that appropriate safeguards are needed in order to ensure that member States enjoy the potential benefits that trial waiver systems may offer, whilst minimising the threat to human rights. More

Assembly demands greater safety guarantees for nuclear power stations

The Assembly has spelled out a series of steps governments should take to improve the safety of nuclear power stations in Europe – and minimise the risk of accidents or terror attacks. More

Migrants and refugees: fostering the right to family reunification and women’s role in the integration process

Session Stressing that the right to family life applies to everyone, including refugees and migrants, the Assembly called on member States to develop common guidelines to implement the right to family reunification. More

Ensuring the success of decentralisation processes in Europe

The Parliamentary Assembly reaffirmed the key role of decentralisation in ensuring better responsiveness of public services to local needs and strengthening confidence in public authorities. More

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