Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)

Assemblée parlementaire du Conseil de l'Europe

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First session held 10 Aug 1949, with 2 statutory organs, the Committee of Ministers (CM) and a Consultative Assembly, which was the first international parliamentary assembly in history; not a legislative body, but a deliberative and initiating organ for political and other matters dealt with by the Council of Europe (CE).


Achieve greater unity between members to safeguard and promote the ideals and principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in order to facilitate economic and social progress; maintain dialogue with governments, national parliaments, international organisations and civil society; set the agenda through provision of texts that filter down through law and practice to improve the lives of Europeans.

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Elects the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. Elects judges to European Court of Human Rights; maintains dialogue with Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe; discusses and makes recommendations upon any matter within the scope of activities of the CoE and determines its own agenda; makes recommendations on any issue referred to it by the CM for opinion; makes contributions concerning execution by member states of the judgements of the European Court of Human Rights; encourages dialogue between members and non-members; provides a discussion forum for other international organizations with no parliamentary organ of their own; carries out election observation missions. Set up, 2012, the Parliamentary Project Support; Parliamentary Networks: Diaspora; Women Free from Violence; ONE in FIVE Campaign; Parliamentary Campaign to End Immigration Detention of Children; No Hate Parliamentary Alliance; PACE Anti-Corruption Platform; Terrorism: NoHateNoFear. Prizes: The Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize; Museum Prize; Europe Prize.


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English, French. Also working languages of Member States which are major contributors to CoE budget.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 25 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 3 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 54 countries
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Subjects *

  • Government
    • Parliament

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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26. Oct 2017
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