Next week, 25-29 January, the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) would take place in Strasbourg. This was reported by the Ukrinform news agency.
Despite the quarantine restrictions, delegates, subject to strict sanitary standards, could be physically present at meetings, debates and votes, or work remotely. Anyone who intends to physically attend the meeting would have to take a rapid coronavirus test. Testing points would be deployed in front of the Europe Palace in Strasbourg.
At the same time, the session should consider the issue of violation of human rights in the occupied Crimea. The Assembly would debate this issue without adopting a resolution. In addition, the Ukrainian delegation will challenge the powers of the Russian parliamentarians in PACE.
On the urgent procedure, there will also be debates on the arrest of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, on the deterioration of the situation in Belarus, as well as threats from large IT companies to freedom of speech.
This will be the first PACE plenary session after January 2020. All previous ones have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The last time the PACE session was held was a year ago, on January 27, in Strasbourg.