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The session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Strasbourg, 21 June - The summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) started today in Strasbourg and will finish on Friday, the 25th June 2010. The session is attended by the Slovenian parliament delegation, lead by Darja Lavtižar Bebler, other members of the delegation are this time Dr. Peter Verlič, Zmago Jelinčič Plemeniti, mag. Andreja Rihter and Ljubo Germič.

There will be addresses by the President of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” Gjorgje Ivanov, the President of Croatia Ivo Josipović, and the Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Ðukanovic. The head of the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations Jorge Sampaio will speak during the debate on Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia, and French actress Fanny Ardant, patron of the Council of Europe’s Dosta! campaign, will take part in a debate on the situation of Roma in Europe.

Antonio Milošoski, Foreign Minister of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, will present the traditional communication from the Committee of Ministers, the Council of Europe’s executive body, to the Assembly and answer questions from the parliamentarians.

Other highlights include a debate on the situation in Kosovo  and a series of debates on the state of democracy in Europe, as well as reports on combating sexist stereotypes in the media, on the functioning of democratic institutions in Azerbaijan, and on prohibiting the marketing and use of the Mosquito youth dispersal device.

There is the possibility of an urgent debate on the flare-up of tension in the Middle East, as well as on the reports on the handling of the H1N1 pandemic, on Islamophobia and on legal remedies for human rights violations in the North Caucasus.