Tunisia: Council of Europe calls for constitutional reform

Strasbourg, 30.10.2012 – At the close of their official visit to Tunisia, Edmond Panariti, Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and Minister for Foreign Affairs of...

Exchange of views between the Congress and the Parliament of Morocco

At the invitation of the Moroccan Parliament, a Congress delegation carried out a visit, on 11 July 2012, in Rabat (Morocco) and held an exchange of views with members of both Chambers of the...

PACE condemns ‘crimes against humanity’ in Syria

Strasbourg, 04.10.2012 – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has today condemned "the continuing, systematic and gross human rights violations, amounting to crimes against...

“The Arab Season: from change to challenges” at North-South Centre Lisbon Forum

The Arab Spring and its legacy two years after: the Council of Europe North-South Centre, devotes the 19th edition of the Lisbon Forum, starting on Monday, 3 December, to the developments in the...

Council of Europe heightens its presence in Tunisia

"The Council of Europe has always played a crucial role for democracies in transition", said Gabriella Battaini Dragoni during her official visit to Tunisia. The Deputy Secretary General has...

“Tunisia is not Kandahar,” says Mustapha Ben Jaafar, president of Tunisia’s Constituent Assembly

Strasbourg, 28 June 2012 - In his passionate, nearly 40-minute speech, he told the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly that the Tunisian transformation to democracy is on the right path...

Parliamentary Assembly rapporteurs to visit Egypt

Jean-Charles Gardetto (Monaco, EPP/CD), rapporteur for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on co-operation with the emerging democracies in the Arab world, and Konstantinos...

Assembly welcomes the transition in Egypt, but points to "real obstacles for democracy"

Strasbourg, 28.06.2012 – Whilst welcoming the election of the first civilian President in Egypt as a "historical step in the country's transition to democracy", the PACE today expressed its deep...

Council of Europe Secretary General calls on Syria to comply with peace plan

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland issued on 9 April 2012 the following statement: "The attack by Syrian forces on a refugee camp inside the Turkish border is a blatant violation of...

Assembly delegation makes a post-election visit to Tunisia

A PACE delegation led by Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC) travelled to Tunis on 16 and 17 January 2012. The President of the Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's group of independent legal...

Assembly to observe parliamentary elections in Morocco

A 15-member delegation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) visited Morocco from 22 to 26 November 2011 to observe the parliamentary elections on 25 November. The...

Observers congratulate citizens of Tunisia for keeping their appointment with history

Following the election of the consitutent National Assembly of Tunisia, the observer delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe made the following statement: ""The...

North-South Centre: the Role of Women in the Arab Spring

"Women as agents of change in the South Mediterranean Region": the international conference organised in Rome by the North South-Centre of the Council of Europe and the Italian Parliament has...

Tunisia’s democratic revolution: training the electoral gatekeepers

On 23 October 2011, Tunisia held its groundbreaking election of a new Constituent Assembly, the first pluralistic election in its history. The elected Assembly will have to adopt perhaps the most...

Parliamentary Assembly observer delegation makes pre-electoral visit to Tunisia

A five-member, cross-party delegation of observers from the Assembly, headed by Andreas Gross (Switzerland, SOC), visited Tunisia on 15 and 16 September 2011 ahead of the elections for a...

Strengthening democracy in Tunisia: fair and balanced media coverage during elections

A three-day long ‘training of trainers' session on fair media coverage during elections was organised from 6 to 9 September 2011 in Strasbourg, as part of the Council of Europe's assistance to...

Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur on a fact-finding visit to Morocco

Luca Volontè (Italy, EPP/CD), rapporteur of the Political Affairs Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the "Evaluation of the Partnership for Democracy in...

Arab Spring: overcoming violence and upholding women's rights

Arab Spring: overcoming violence and upholding women's rights The assassination in February of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid drew worldwide condemnation as a dangerous detour on...

Strasbourg, 24 June 2011 - The Parliamentary Assembly welcomes the report of the Group of Eminent Persons

While welcoming the report of the Group of Eminent Persons on "Living together – Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe", the Assembly today encouraged politicians and elected...