Autumn session: decision-making process concerning credentials and voting

Autumn session: decision-making process concerning credentials and voting

Strasbourg, 8-12 October

At its autumn session in Strasbourg (8-12 October 2018), the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) discussed the strengthening of its decision-making process concerning credentials and voting.

The winner of the 2018 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize was announced on Monday 8 October, from a shortlist of three nominees, and the prize awarded in a special ceremony in the plenary.

PACE held a joint debate on the foreign funding of Islam in Europe and the radicalisation of migrants and diaspora communities. It discussed the access to member States by Council of Europe and United Nations human rights monitoring bodies as well as deal-making in criminal procedures.

A current affairs debate was held on "Council of Europe – An organisation in crisis".

Other items on the agenda included the treatment of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system, migration from a gender perspective, family reunification in member states and equality in private life regardless of sexual orientation.

Nuclear safety and security in Europe as well as the crash of Polish Air Force Tu-154M transporting the Polish State delegation were also debated.

Finally, there was a discussion on the role of national parliaments in successful decentralisation processes, with a statement by the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Tunisia addressed the Assembly and answered questions, and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, chair of the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, presented the communication on its recent activities. The Organisation's Secretary General answered questions from Assembly members.

Reports and opinions on the agenda

Monday 8 October 2018

  • Doc. 14635 (Report on credentials) Examination of credentials of representatives and substitutes
  • Doc. 14632 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (29 June-7 October 2018)
  • Doc. 14632 Add. 1 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (8 October 2018)
  • Doc. 14632 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights
  • Doc. 14634 (Communication) Activities of the President of the Parliamentary Assembly between the third and the fourth part of the 2018 Ordinary Session
  • Doc. 14608 (Election observation report) Observation of the early presidential and parliamentary elections in Turkey (24 June 2018)

Tuesday 9 October 2018

  • Doc. 14605 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Albania
  • Doc. 14603 (Communication) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights List and curricula vitae of candidates submitted by the Government of Norway
  • Doc. 14632 Add. 2 (Progress report) Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights
  • Doc. 14621 (Report) Strengthening the decision-making process of the Parliamentary Assembly concerning credentials and voting
  • Doc. 14583 (Report) The treatment of Palestinian minors in the Israeli justice system

Wednesday 10 October 2018

  • Doc. 14617 (Report) Regulating foreign funding of Islam in Europe in order to prevent radicalisation and Islamophobia
  • Doc. 14625 (Report) Radicalisation of migrants and diaspora communities in Europe
  • Doc. 14631 (Parliamentary questions) Parliamentary question to the Chairperson-in-Office of the Committee of Ministers
  • Doc. 14620 (Report) Private and family life: achieving equality regardless of sexual orientation
  • Doc. 14619 (Report) Unlimited access to member States, including “grey zones”, by Council of Europe and United Nations human rights monitoring bodies

Thursday 11 October 2018

  • Doc. 14622 (Report) Nuclear safety and security in Europe
  • Doc. 14623 (Report) The role of national parliaments in successful decentralisation processes
  • Doc. 14626 (Report) Family reunification of refugees and migrants in the Council of Europe member States
  • Doc. 14606 (Report) Migration from a gender perspective: empowering women as key actors for integration
  • Doc. 14630 (Committee Opinion) Migration from a gender perspective: empowering women as key actors for integration

Friday 12 October 2018

  • Doc. 14618 (Report) Deal-making in criminal proceedings: the need for minimum standards for trial waiver systems
  • Doc. 14607 (Report) The crash of Polish Air Force Tu-154M transporting the Polish State delegation, on 10 April 2010 on the Russian Federation's territory
  • Doc. 14632 Add. 3 (Progress report) Activities of the Assembly’s Bureau and Standing Committee (12 October 2018)