Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to meet in Tallinn
The meeting will take place in the Riigikogu, as the meeting is connected to Estonia's chairmanship of the Council of Europe from May to November this year.
Pedro Agramunt, president of the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will open the meeting, and President of the Riigikogu Eiki Nestor will welcome the participants.
The meeting is an opportunity for parliamentarians to exchange views with the Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand, who will chair the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers for the coming six months.
Discussions will focus on Estonia's priorities of its chairmanship, and other issues in the framework of the assembly's ongoing political dialogue with its Committee of Ministers.
The members of the Standing Committee will also hold an exchange of views with Marin Mrcela, President of the Group of States against corruption (GRECO), and Daniel Thelesklaf, Chairman of the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL).
Other topics to be discussed include the observation of the early parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan and Serbia, the urgent need to prevent human rights violations during peaceful protests, and cultural cooperation between cities.
The Standing Committee, which acts on the assembly's behalf between plenary sessions, is made up of the president and vice-presidents of the assembly, the chairpersons of its political groups and national delegations, and the committee chairpersons. Altogether some 60 guests are expected.