The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova to address PACE winter session

Strasbourg, 27-31 January 2020

Strasbourg, 17.01.2020 - At its winter session in Strasbourg (27-31 January 2020), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) elected its new President.

The Presidents of Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, as well as the Georgian Foreign Minister and President of the Committee of Ministers and the newly-elected Secretary General of the Council of Europe, addressed PACE and answered questions.

Debates on the agenda included a complementary joint procedure between the Committee of Ministers and the Assembly in response to a serious violation by a member State of its statutory obligations, the functioning of democratic institutions in Poland, and reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan. There were requests for a current affairs debate on "Recent developments in Libya and in the Middle East: what consequences for Europe?” and for an urgent debate on "Ongoing violation of the rule of law, human rights and democracy in Turkey: how best to help Turkey conform with Council of Europe core values and standards again?".

MPs also discussed threats to media freedom and journalists’ security, a report on “Democracy hacked? How to respond?” and the protection of freedom of religion in the workplace.

The Assembly held two joint debates – one on migrant trafficking and missing refugee and migrant children, and another on organ transplant tourism and trafficking in human tissues and cells.

A report on minimum standards for electoral systems and a report on the observation of elections in Belarus were also on the agenda.