Autumn session, Strasbourg - 4 - 8 October 2010

Autumn session, Strasbourg - 4 - 8 October 2010

A possible urgent debate on ''The recent rise in national security discourse in Europe: the case of the Roma'' as well as addresses by the Prime Minister of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” Nikola Gruevski and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle are among highlights of the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), taking place in Strasbourg from 4 to 8 October 2010.

Other topics to be debated include the fight against extremism, human rights and business, and a report on women’s access to lawful medical care: the problem of the unregulated use of conscientious objection.

The parliamentarians will also hold a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights. Antonio MiloŇ°oski, Foreign Minister of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, will present the communication from the Committee of Ministers to the Assembly and answer members’ oral questions.

The Assembly will also discuss a number of reports on children’s rights: “Child abuse in institutions: ensure full protection of victims”, the urgent need for action on children without parental care, and guaranteeing the right to education for children with illnesses or disabilities. Hayrünnisa Gül, patron of the Turkish campaign “Education enables”, will contribute to the latter.

There will also be debates on the activities of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Council of Europe Development Bank.

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