Political Affairs and Democracy


Committee sets out detail of a “complementary joint procedure” when a state violates its obligations

The committee approved the basic principles involved in a “complementary joint procedure” between the Council of Europe’s two statutory bodies in response to a serious violation by a member State of its obligations. More

Setting minimum standards for electoral systems to ensure free and fair elections

A PACE committee has invited the Venice Commission to reflect on the setting of “minimum standards with which electoral systems should comply in order to guarantee free elections and fair results thereof”. More

Democracy hacked?

Adopting a draft resolution on “Democracy hacked? How to respond?”, a PACE committee today expressed its concern at the scale of information pollution in a digitally connected and increasingly polarised world. More

Rapporteurs welcome EU’s renewed commitment to EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights

Two rapporteurs have welcomed the adoption by the EU Council of supplementary negotiating directives aimed at the swift resumption of negotiations with the Council of Europe on EU accession to the Convention on Human Rights. More

‘Darker side’ of AI beginning to emerge, warns rapporteur

Deborah Bergamini (Italy, EPP/CD) Artificial Intelligence has started showing society its darker side, as it can be used to “manipulate or distort reality”, Deborah Bergamini, PACE rapporteur on the need for democratic governance of AI, has warned. More

Rapporteur urges Turkey to refrain from military intervention in northern Syria

Theodora Bakoyannis, rapporteur on “The situation in Syria: prospects for a political solution?”, has urged Turkey to refrain from military intervention in northern Syria, which will inevitably cause great tension. More