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Smolensk crash: Russia should hand over the aircraft wreckage to Polish authorities ‘without further delay’

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) PACE has called on Russia to “hand over the wreckage of the Polish Air Force Tu-154 to the competent Polish authorities without further delay”, in a manner that “avoids any further deterioration” of potential evidence. More

Criminal proceedings: minimum standards for trial waiver systems

Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC) the Assembly has considered it essential that appropriate safeguards are needed in order to ensure that member States enjoy the potential benefits that trial waiver systems may offer, whilst minimising the threat to human rights. More

Secretary General’s dialogue with Assembly members

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland replied to questions from members of the Parliamentary Assembly in a question and answer session during the Assembly’s Autumn session. More

Greater safety guarantees for nuclear power stations

The Parliamentary Assembly has spelled out a series of steps governments should take to improve the safety of nuclear power stations in Europe – and minimise the risk of accidents or terror attacks. More

Gudrun Mosler-Törnström: “It is through synergy that we will succeed to strengthen democracy”

"It is through synergy that we will succeed to strengthen democracy in Europe and to counter temptations to recentralize that are nothing more than a step backwards", said Gudrun Mosler-Törnström, President of the Congress. More

Migrants and refugees: fostering the right to family reunification and women’s role in the integration process

Session Stressing that the right to family life applies to everyone, including refugees and migrants, the Assembly called on member States to develop common guidelines to implement the right to family reunification. More