Winter Session: address by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili

Strasbourg, 21-25 January 2013

Addresses by Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, and Italian Justice Minister Paola Severino (to be confirmed) are among highlights of the 2013 Winter Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), taking place in Strasbourg from 21 to 25 January.

Other highlights include debates on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Azerbaijan and the follow-up to the issue of political prisoners in this country, the situation in Kosovo,* the state of media freedom in Europe and the humanitarian situation in the conflict- and war-affected areas of Georgia and Russia.

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland will address the parliamentarians, and Andorran Foreign Minister Gilbert Saboya Sunyé will present the Communication of the Committee of Ministers to the Assembly.

Also on the agenda: the forthcoming Council of Europe convention to combat trafficking in organs, tissues and cells of human origin; ensuring the viability of the Strasbourg Court, focusing on structural deficiencies in States Parties; and post-monitoring dialogue with Bulgaria.

*All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.