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Ukrainians lose seats in PACE Committees

Source : 112 Ukraine

PACE Bureau changed the rules for committees formation
18:03, 21 January 2019

Volodymyr Aryev, the Chairman of the Ukrainian delegation for
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Ukrainians lost all the seats in two committees of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs and Committee on the Election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights), where they were developing changes for lessening sanctions pressure on Russia and make it possible for Russian delegation to return to PACE, as EU Integration reported.

PACE Bureau changed the rules for committees formation. They have decided that there should be no more than two representatives from each of the member states in the ECHR Judges Selection Committee. As a result of the discussion, the number of the deputies from the countries which exceeded the new limit was “zeroed”, as Volodymyr Aryev, the Chairman of the Ukrainian delegation, said.

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Earlier the political groups were proposing the composition of the mentioned committees of PACE.

The committee was responsible for amendments to the resolution aimed at reduction of sanctions pressure on Russia and creation of a path for Russia to return.

Related: Russia not to send its delegation to PACE in 2019

On October 9, 2018, the members of the PACE voted for keeping the current limitations against the Russian delegation in the Assembly.

Earlier the Committee on Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has supported the amendments of Ukraine to the draft resolution on the rules on the sanctions against the PACE delegations, which make the return of Russia impossible.

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As it was reported earlier, 20 member countries of the PACE signed the declaration against Russia’s return to the Assembly’s line-up.

Russian delegation to PACE left the Assembly's line-up after it faced numerous restrictions - due to the Kremlin's military aggression in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in February 2014.

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