Parliamentary Autumn Session

Strasbourg 27-30 September
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A high-level panel and interactive debate on “The environment and human rights: the right to a safe, healthy and sustainable environment”, as well as a full day of debates on this topic, forms the centrepiece of the PACE Autumn Session, taking place in a hybrid format.

Seven reports to be debated will cover the Council of Europe’s action to anchor a “right to a healthy environment”, and how tackling climate change will require more participatory democracy, changes in criminal and civil liability, and a greater reliance on the rule of law. Other reports will look at combating inequalities in the right to a safe, healthy and clean environment, climate and migration, and how research policies can promote environmental protection.

VIPs due to address the Assembly during session week include European Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides and North Macedonia’s Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov. Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjarto will present the Communication from the Committee of Ministers, which he currently chairs.

Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will hold her usual questions/answers session with members.

The Assembly will also award the 2021 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize to one of three shortlisted candidates. Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will take part in the ceremony.

On the fringe of the session, the Council of Europe will welcome “Little Amal”, a 3.5m-tall puppet of a nine-year-old girl who is walking 8000 km from the Syrian border to the United Kingdom in search of her mother.

More details - Draft agenda - Session webpage


And also…

27 September, online meeting (2-4 p.m. CET)

A meeting will be organised by the European Social Charter in the framework of the COE-FRA-ENNHRI-EQUIENT Platform for Social and Economic Rights to present the new Council of Europe publication “Against Ageism and Towards Active Social Citizenship for Older Persons. The Current Use and Future Potential of the European Social Charter”, written by Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities, and Israel (Issi) Doron, Head of the Centre for Research and Study of Aging, University of Haifa.

The meeting aims to bring together national and international human rights players to discuss, on the basis of the published study, ways of improving the situation of older persons across Europe; to see how different international human rights standards can be optimised to uphold the rights of older persons and to inspire national policies ensuring respect for dignity, equality and non-discrimination.

The event can be followed via streaming (interpretation in English and French) via the online platform KUDO.

Link to the meeting - Programme - More information

Contact: Giuseppe Zaffuto, tel. +33 6 86 32 10 24


27 September, Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) will publish two reports on Poland, one evaluating the progress achieved by the country in the implementation of GRECO’s recommendations on the prevention of corruption in central governments (including top executive functions) and law enforcement agencies, and another on the prevention of corruption in respect of MPs, judges and prosecutors.

Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 6 98 37 64 04


28 September, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 11 judgments concerning the Republic of Moldova, Russia and Spain.

More information - ECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


29 September, Moscow (9.30 a.m./8.30 a.m. CET)

A Round table on “European Social Charter – 60th anniversary and 25 years of Russian membership of the Council of Europe” will take place at the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation.

This event is organised by the Department of the European Social Charter of the Council of Europe and the Council of Europe Programme Office in the Russian Federation, in co-operation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Russia and the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights of the Russian Federation.

The meeting will feature addresses by Christophe Poirel, Council of Europe Director of Human Rights; Andrey Pudov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection; Alexandre Grouchko, Deputy Foreign Minister; Valery Fadeev, Chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights; Karin Lukas, President of the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR); Giusepppe Palmisano, General rapporteur of the ECSR, and Ekaterina Torkunova, member of the ECSR, as well as of representatives of Russian and European trade union federations.

The meeting will be held in a hybrid format. Media representatives will be able to follow the event online upon preliminary request.

Russia and the European Social Charter

Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93


29 September, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will hold a Grand Chamber hearing in the case H.F.and M.F. v. France and J.D. and A.D. v. France (9.15 a.m.).

This case concerns unsuccessful requests by the applicants for the repatriation by the French authorities of their respective daughters and grandchildren, who are being held in the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria run by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

All hearings are filmed in full and a video-recording will be available on the Court’s website from 2.30 p.m. on the day of each hearing. After these hearings the Court will begin its deliberations, which will be held in private. Its ruling in the cases will, however, be made at a later stage.

More information - ECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


30 September, Strasbourg

The Council of Europe’s anti-corruption body (GRECO) will publish reports evaluating the progress in implementing earlier recommendations on corruption prevention concerning MPs, judges and prosecutors in Armenia and Spain.

Contacts: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93 (Armenia); Jaime Rodriguez, tel. +33 6 89 99 50 42 (Spain)


30 September, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights will notify in writing 107 judgments and/or decisions concerning Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.

More information - ECHR Website, tel. +33 3 90 21 42 08


1st October, Ljubljana

The European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) will award the Crystal Scales of Justice Prize to one of the three shortlisted initiatives. Organised at the invitation of the Supreme Court of Slovenia, the ceremony will be opened by Damijan Florjančič, President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia, Marjan Dikaučič, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Slovenia, and Christophe Poirel, Council of Europe Director of Human Rights. The ceremony will be streamed live (passcode: 460018)

The three selected initiatives are:

  • A virtual quiz called “Courtbattle” and specific learning websites created for primary and secondary schools and high schools consisting of different thematic modules including a mock trial session, Denmark, Courts Administration;
  • Simplified hospital complaints for victims of domestic violence, French Ministry of Justice;
  • Implementation, development and strengthening of the Public Justice Centre of Odessa Region, Ukraine, Kyiv District Court of Odessa.

Programme - Contact: Estelle Steiner, tel. +33 3 88 41 33 35


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