Debates on the state of emergency and derogations from the European Convention on Human Rights will be among the highlights of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) spring session. PACE will also discuss the fight against organised crime through the confiscation of illegal assets, the funding of the terrorist group Daesh as well as legal and human rights challenges related to hybrid war. A joint debate will address the issues of editorial integrity and the status of journalists. There has been a request for an urgent debate on “Rising anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and xenophobia in Europe: a threat to European values” and for current affairs debates on “The Copenhagen Declaration, appreciation and follow-up” and on “Illegal elections of the President of the Russian Federation on the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea: a human rights violation”.
The Foreign Minister of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” will address the Assembly and answer questions. Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, will answer questions from parliamentarians, and Anders Samuelsen, the Danish Foreign Minister, will be speaking in the context of the Danish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers.