First session of Parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe in 2014
Strasbourg – This year’s first session of the Parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe will take place from 27th to 31st January 2014.
The annual elections for the president of the Parliamentary assembly will be held within this winter session, as well as the elections for the vice-presidents of the Parliamentary assembly and the presidents of committees. Members of the Parliamentary Assembly will also elect a new judge to the European Court of Human Rights from Denmark.
Many current significant topics will be discussed, such as the issue of benefiting aspects of migrants, the strategy to prevent racism and intolerance in Europe, the impact of modern communication technology and internet on democracy in politics, the issue of Syrian refugees, the evaluation of the partnership for democracy in respect of the Palestinian National Council, the issue of framework for a global agreement for 2015 in connection with climate change and a debate on refusing impunity for the killers of Sergei Magnitsky.
During the session many side events will take place, where issues such as recent legal developments on prostitution in French and children’s right to physical integrity will be tackled.
This time the Parliamentary assembly will be addressed by the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers and the Austrian Minister for Integration Issues, European and International Affairs Sebastian Kurz, Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland, the President of the European parliament Marin Schulz and the Federal Chancellor of Austria Werner Faymann.
Slovenia will be represented by two members of the national parliament, Iva Dimic and Jakob Presečnik.