The summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has started in Strasbourg today.

The session will hear the report of the Bureau and the Standing Committee, the statement of the Committee of Ministers, the results of the observation of the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria and Albania in April this year.

Special attention will be paid to the topic ‘Media freedom, public trust and the people’s right to know’. In addition, several topical issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be on the agenda.

One of the important issues to be discussed at the PACE summer session will be the Council of Europe Convention (Istanbul Convention) on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

The session will focus on the situation of Crimean Tatars, European diaspora policy, the fight against Afrophobia in Europe, and other issues.