The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), will bring together around 60 of the Assembly’s members.
After the opening of the meeting by PACE President Tiny Kox, the President of the Senate (Eerste Kamer) Jan Anthonie Bruijn and the Vice-President of the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) Tom van der Lee will deliver welcoming addresses.
A special event will commemorate 75 years since the Congress of Europe in The Hague, with an exchange of views with Franc Weerwind, Minister for Legal Protection in the Netherlands, and Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić. Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will also take part in the session.
On the #RoadToReykjavik: ahead of the Council of Europe Summit of Heads of State and Government that will take place in the Icelandic capital on 16-17 May, the participants will hold an exchange of views on the future of the Organisation with President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Leendert Verbeek and other guest speakers (to be confirmed).
During the meeting, parliamentarians are also due to debate reports on European solidarity in the context of asylum and international protection; on Cultural Routes as platforms for intercultural dialogue; on promoting online education and research across national borders; and on innovative approaches to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
(*) The Standing Committee, which acts on the Assembly’s behalf between plenary sessions, is made up of the President and Vice-Presidents of the Assembly, the chairpersons of political groups, the chairpersons of national delegations and the committee chairpersons, totalling some 60 parliamentarians from the Council of Europe’s 46 member States.
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