On Thursday 19 November, the European Parliamentary Association will have the pleasure to welcome Mr. Wojciech Sawicki, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Mr. Sawicki will intervene during our traditional Thursday morning breakfast to present the priorities of the PACE for 2017.
WHO IS WOJCIECH SAWICKI? – He heads the secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 2010. He is currently serving his second term, as he was re-elected in September 2015 for other five years.
For the period 1990-1996 he was Secretary General of the Polish Senate, the first to hold this post after the collapse of communism, and, performing this function, he played a leading role in helping to re-establish democracy in Poland.
THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe plays a fundamental role in the activity of the Council of Europe, i.e. the international organisation that is based in Strasbourg and that, since 1949, is promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe. The PACE defines itself the “democratic conscience of Greater Europe”.
It brings together 324 deputies from the parliaments of the Council of Europe’s 47 member states and, therefore, speaks on behalf of 800 million Europeans.
The Assembly holds government to account over their human rights records, and presses states to achieve and maintain democratic standards, both in Europe and in neighboring regions. In this regard, governments must give a collective reply to the text adopted by the Assembly.
Moreover, the PACE plays a crucial role in the improvement of Europe’s laws and practices, as it acts a “motor” Council of Europe and as a guardian of the European Convention on Human Rights, which originated in the Assembly in 1950.
According to its President, Predro Agramunt, the PACE is currently facing four existential challenges: transnational terrorism, the refugee crisis, conflicts that remain unresolved – like in Ukraine or Transnistria, the rising of nationalism and the consequent erosion of democratic principles and human rights.
Participation to the breakfast is open to the members of our association and to their collaborators. The breakfast will begin at 8 am. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our general secretariat (+33(0)3 88 25 19 49 or firstname.lastname@example.org).