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‘General environment appropriate for democratic elections, still with room for improvement’ says delegation to Georgia

PACE delegation led by Andrej Hunko felt that the general environment was appropriate for democratic elections. However, following discussions, it considered it necessary to stress that there still was room for improvement. More

Skopje: co-rapporteurs praise reform steps, cite hopes created by name agreement

Skopje, ''l'ex-République yougoslave de Macédoine''  © Zefart The signing of the agreement to solve the name issue in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” has raised “immense hopes” of achieving Euro-Atlantic integration, according to the co-rapporteurs. More

Committee demands greater safety guarantees for nuclear power stations

A PACE committee 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

It’s time to end discrimination against rainbow families, says PACE committee

Jonas Gunnarsson (Sweden, SOC) Declaring it “crucial and urgent” that European States overcome the discrimination experienced by both adults and children in rainbow families, a committee has called for the elimination of all unjustified differences in treatment. More

Parliamentarians from Jordan, Morocco, Palestine gather to discuss combating violence against women

A conference on preventing and combating violence against women, focusing on the role of parliaments in Southern Mediterranean countries in promoting legislative advances and international standards, will be held in Paris on 20 September. More

Ensuring access to palliative care for everyone who needs it

“Palliative care should be available not just to patients at their end-of-life stage, but also to those who are seriously ill and chronically ill,” said the committee, which expressed concern about insufficient access to pain relief. More