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Climate change ‘already well present in Europe and set to get worse’, parliamentarians told

Climate change caused by human activity is “already well present” in Europe, driving extreme heat waves, droughts, heavy precipitation, floods and rising sea-levels, and is set to get worse in the decades to come, PACE parliamentarians were warned this week. Speaking at a virtual public hearing... More

2020 Europe Prize awarded to Amilly (France)

The 2020 Europe Prize – the highest level of the Prize which is awarded each year by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to the town most active in promoting the European ideal – has been awarded to Amilly in France. Amilly is a French town of 12 000 inhabitants located in... More

Investment migration must comply with Council of Europe legal standards

National programmes for the award of citizenship, residence permits and tax domiciles to foreign investors must respect the legal standards set by the Council of Europe, the Committee on Migration underlined today, and Member States should do their utmost to ensure that “investment migration does... More

Webinar: the ongoing ‘pain’ of institutional racism in Europe must end

Following the Black Lives Matter protests in the US and Europe, parliamentarians came together with anti-racism officials and campaigners during a PACE webinar to condemn the “denial of the painful reality” of an estimated 15 million people of African descent living in Europe, and to demand... More

Strengthening guardianship systems for unaccompanied and separated migrant children

According to the Migration Committee, member States do not currently ensure effective guardianship systems for unaccompanied and separated migrant children, guaranteeing the protection and respect of their fundamental rights. “Guardianship systems are not harmonised across Europe. There is a... More

Pandemics and states of emergency: there should and need not be any tension between effectiveness and legality

Whilst a ‘state of emergency’ may allow for a more effective response to a major health crisis like that of COVID-19, it might also be potentially hazardous from the perspective of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. But according to the Committee on Legal Affairs, “there should and need... More