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PACE Bureau: ‘Europe must shoulder its humanitarian responsibilities towards Pakistan’

PACE Bureau today called on Council of Europe member states to shoulder their humanitarian responsibilities following the floods in Pakistan: “Over five years ago the Tsunami disaster struck Southeast Asia and the countries surrounding the Indian Ocean. Earlier this year, Haiti was devastated by an earthquake. Both times, the international community, deeply shocked, reacted generously... More

'Only if we focus on what unites us will we achieve the true goals of mankind'

"We share much more than we tend to think we do. And only if we focus on what unites us, only then will we be able to achieve, together, the true goals of mankind", today said PACE President Mevlüt Çavusoglu during an audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, together with the members of PACE Bureau. The PACE President invited His Holiness to come to Strasbourg to address the Assembly. More

PACE President and delegation to attend a papal audience

The members of PACE Bureau, led by the PACE President, Mevlüt Çavusoglu, will be received today for an audience with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. “We are deeply grateful to His Holiness for granting this audience”, said President Çavusoglu the day before the audience. He pointed out that the Holy See enjoyed observer status with the Council of Europe, and that it shared the Organisation’s and its Parliamentary Assembly’s faith in the value of the human being. More

Albania: PACE Bureau calls for resumption of political dialogue in Parliament

PACE Bureau, meeting this morning in Strasbourg, adopted the following declaration: “The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is concerned about the continuing political crisis in Albania following the June 2009 parliamentary elections, notwithstanding the partial return of opposition Socialist MPs to the Albanian Parliament after the visit of PACE’s Presidential Committee to Tirana in February this year". More

International Day of Democracy: declaration by the PACE Bureau

To mark its support for the UN International Day of Democracy on 15 September, PACE Bureau adopted the following statement: “The world’s celebration of the UN’s International Day of Democracy touches a special chord with the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly. Sixty years ago, in 1949, the Council of Europe was created by ten European countries trying desperately to recover from the onslaught of nazism and fascism and the horrors of World War II, in order that Europe would never again experience such a negation of basic human values and rights." More

Parliamentary Elections in Bulgaria (5 July 2009): Assembly Bureau concerned over Sofia’s lack of cooperation

PACE Bureau, meeting in Strasbourg today, expressed its disappointment that the competent authorities of Bulgaria had until now failed to issue an invitation for PACE to observe the forthcoming parliamentary elections of 5 July 2009 and considered this to be a clear case of lack of cooperation with PACE. The Bureau recalls that Bulgaria is subject to a post-monitoring dialogue and that, in accordance with the existing rules, the Bureau decided, on 27 April 2009, to observe the 5 July elections and set up a twenty member ad hoc committee for that purpose, a decision on which the Bulgarian side was fully aware. More