The Standing Committee (*) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) will meet by videoconference on Friday 19 March 2021.
After the opening of the meeting by PACE President Rik Daems, the parliamentarians will hold an exchange of views with Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, in the framework of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
“Covid-19 and the role of the Council of Europe” will be the focus of the speech by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe. There is also a request for a current affairs debate on “Democracies facing Covid-19: the way forward”.
Other items on the agenda include the urgent need to strengthen Financial Intelligence Units, the impact of labour migration on left-behind children, the protection of victims of arbitrary displacement and the role of parliaments in implementing the United Nations global compacts for migrants and refugees.
The meeting of the Standing Committee, which will take place from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm, will be webcast live on the PACE website in English, French, German, Italian and Russian.
(*) 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 47 member States.
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