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COVID-19: Pointing the finger at the alleged failures in WHO diverts countries from addressing their lack of preparation

“Pointing the finger at the alleged failures in WHO diverts countries from the painful exercise of addressing their own inadequacies and lack of preparation”, today said Charles Clift, Senior Consulting Fellow for the Global Health Programme - Chatham House, addressing the Political Affairs... More

Exchange of views with Israeli and Palestinian representatives at PACE sub-committee meeting

The Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World held a meeting by video-conference on 12 June 2020. Opening the meeting, George Loucaides (Cyprus, UEL), Chairperson of the Sub-Committee, stressed that the conflicts and instability in the Mediterranean region, in particular the Israeli... More

COVID-19: The pandemic must not be an opportunity to strengthen governments against parliaments

How can parliaments adjust their role as guarantors of stability and democratic legitimacy during the current pandemic crisis? How can continuity of parliamentary oversight be ensured? Where do the boundaries of delegation of powers from national parliaments to the executive lie in emergency... More

COVID-19 / Political Affairs Committee: hearing on the role of parliaments and the holding of elections in emergency situations

In a crisis situation such as the COVID-19 pandemic – where an executive, facing a number of constraints, has to take immediate action – how can parliaments adjust their role as guarantors of stability and democratic legitimacy? How can continuity of parliamentary oversight be ensured and where... More

COVID-19: PACE rapporteurs spell out road-map for economic recovery, post-virus

Two PACE rapporteurs have called on national policy-makers and international institutions to “act in a concerted manner now in order to beat both the virus and the crisis”, urging a strong political response which stabilises economies while protecting the vulnerable. In a joint statement... More

COVID-19 / Kosovo*: rapporteur urges political responsibility and respect for the rule of law

“PACE‘s support for democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Kosovo* holds strong in these challenging times,” said PACE Rapporteur Peter BEYER (Germany, EPP/CD). “The people of Kosovo* have been hit hard by the current Coronavirus crisis, as are many others around the world. My sympathy... More