The Spring session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) convenes on Monday, in Strasbourg, in the presence of Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides who will address parliamentarians later this afternoon, in his capacity as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers.
Kasoulides is expected to inform the Assembly about the progress made in implementing the priorities of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Council of Europe (CoE), due in May. He will also meet with the CoE Secretary General ThorbjA�rn Jagland and PACE President Pedro Agramunt.
While in Strasbourg, the Minister will also sign, on behalf of the Republic of Cyprus, the Additional Protocol to the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism.
Among this session’s highlights is the debate on the functioning of democratic institutions in Turkey, fighting income inequality as a means of fostering social cohesion and economic development and protecting refugee women from gender-based violence.
The political consequences of the new Israeli Settlement Regulation Law and the Draft Council of Europe Convention on Offenses relating to Cultural Property will be also discussed as urgent procedure debates.
According to the draft agenda, the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos will address the Assembly on Wednesday and the King of Spain Felipe VI will do so the day after.
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, will present his annual activity report 2016, while ThorbjA�rn Jagland will answer questions from parliamentarians.
A delegation from the Cyprus House of Representatives, headed by Stella Kyriakides and also including Yiorgos Loukaides and Christiana Erotokritou, are also taking part.
Source: Cyprus News Agency