Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs


Principle of confidence in members and their duty of accountability when exercising their elective offices

The Rules Committee today underlined that the lack of mechanisms to enable the Assembly to ensure compliance with the duty of accountability of its members holding elective offices undermines its proper functioning. More

PACE fully endorses priority themes of the Council of Europe Secretary General for 2018-2019

The PACE activities in the biennal 2018-2019 will be related to the priorities of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, namely “tackling the rise in populism, dealing with the refugee crisis and combating terrorism”. More

The Council of Europe must strengthen its action in the field of social rights

The committee considers that the Council of Europe cannot address its challenges such as responding to the populist threat, protecting the rights of migrants and combating terrorism “without working towards a genuinely social Europe”. More

Rules Committee condemns a kind of imperative mandate for certain members

The committee expressed its concern at the serious infringements of the independence and freedom of expression of certain members, who have been the target of disguised sanctions on the part of their parliament or their party. More

Parliamentary accountability: a matter of ethics or politics?

“Parliamentary responsibility is a fundamental concept for the smooth functioning of any representative democracy,” Michele Nicoletti said, introducing a joint seminar on parliamentary accountability today in Rome. More

Ensuring respect for ECHR norms: parliamentary structures to supervise compliance

Speaking at a seminar in Rome, Paul Mahoney, Judge of the European Court of Human Rights with respect to the United Kingdom mentioned the utility of parliamentary action in ensuring respect for ECHR norms. More