Summer Session: addresses by the prime ministers of Albania and Croatia, debate on state of democracy in Europe

Strasbourg, 25-29 June 2012

Addresses by Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha and Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic, as well as a joint debate on "Democracy at risk: the role of citizens and of the State today" will be among highlights of the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg from 25 to 29 June 2012.

The parliamentarians will also hold a joint debate on the impact of the financial and economic crisis, including a report on the danger of austerity measures for democracy and human rights. Icelandic Economic Affairs Minister Steingrímur Sigfússon will take part.

The President of Tunisia's Constituent Assembly Mustapha Ben Jaafar will take part in a debate on political transition in Tunisia. Albanian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Edmond Haxhinasto will present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers to the Assembly and answer questions from parliamentarians.

Other items on the agenda include the situation of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States, multiple discrimination against Muslim women in Europe, and the honouring of obligations and commitments by Montenegro. There will also be a debate on Roma migrants in Europe with the participation of the President of the European Roma and Travellers Forum Rudko Kawczynski.

There has been a request for an urgent debate on "Dangers pertinent to the situation of Christians in Egypt" and requests for current affairs debates on "European crisis boosts illegal trade in body parts" and on "The implications of the creation of the EU Special Representative for Human Rights for the existing human rights defence mechanisms of the Council of Europe" (titles to be confirmed).

Finally, the Assembly is due to elect eight judges to the European Court of Human Rights and will elect a new Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe.