The National Assembly’s standing delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) participated in the third part of organisation’s session held in Strasbourg from 21 to 24 June 2021.
On Tuesday, 22 June 2021, delegation member Elvira Kovacs, as rapporteur for the opinion of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, presented the report “Overcoming the socio-economic crisis sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic” and the impact of the pandemic on children's rights. In an exchange of opinions with Marija Pejcinovic Buric, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Elvira Kovacs had a question about the preservation of Council of Europe standards in the protection of minority rights.
Dubravka Filipovski spoke about the report “Impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children’s rights”, while delegation member Enis Imamovic took part in the discussion on the report “Media freedom, public trust, and the people’s right to know”. At the meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Biljana Pantic Pilja presented Serbia’s candidates for the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT). Delegation member Prof. Dr Zarko Obradovic took part in the work of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy.
On Tuesday, 22 June 2021, the National Assembly delegation had a meeting with Piero Fassino, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign and European Affairs of the Italian Chamber of Deputies (Lower House of the Italian Parliament) and PACE Monitoring Committee’s co-rapporteur for Serbia. The officials exchanged views on the current situation in Serbia. The delegation members informed Mr. Fassino about the constitutional reform process and the dialogue between the government and the opposition about electoral conditions. They also agreed on the dynamics for the drafting of a new report on Serbia’s fulfilment of obligations and duties assumed by membership in the Council of Europe.
The PACE session ends on Thursday, 24 June 2021.