Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs


A new Council of Europe summit to revitalise democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Europe

The Committee on Rules of Procedure welcomed the prospect of a future CoE Summit of Heads of State or Government in order to revitalise democracy, the rule of law and human rights, values which today are severely “under pressure”. More

Andorran delegation again comes top for voting at PACE

Parliamentarians from Andorra, Switzerland and Sweden voted most often in plenary debates of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly during 2016, according to statistics made public today. More

Committee proposes procedure allowing for the dismissal of Assembly members holding high elective office

Liliane Maury Pasquier (Switzerland, SOC) The Committee on Rules of Procedure today made public a draft resolution on the “Recognition and implementation of the principle of accountability in the Parliamentary Assembly”, adopted at its meeting in Paris on 2 June. More

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