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Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Biography

Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"

“At the end of a debate on the situation in the Middle East and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today expressed its support for a solution involving two ‘democratic and pluralist’ states. Alongside status issues, the Assembly believes that ‘those of standards should also be addressed so that, ultimately all people, Arabs and Jews, Israeli and Palestinian citizens, can equally enjoy respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law’.”

“Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Pace in Favour of a Solution Establishing Two ‘Democratic and Pluralist’ States,”, June 25, 2013


“PACE meets four times a year for a week-long plenary session in the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg. The 318 [now 324] representatives and 318 [now 324] substitutes are appointed by national parliaments from among their members. Each country, depending on its population, has between two and eighteen representatives, who provide a balanced reflection of the political forces represented in the national parliament.

In addition to English and French, which are the Council of Europe’s official languages, PACE uses German, Italian and Russian as working languages. The Assembly’s work is prepared by nine committees and a Bureau comprising the President of the Assembly, the 20 Vice-Presidents, the Chairpersons of the five political groups and the committee Chairpersons. The Assembly adopts three types of texts: recommendations (to the Committee of Ministers), resolutions (which express its own viewpoint) and opinions (on membership applications, draft treaties and other texts submitted by the Committee of Ministers).”

“PACE: The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,” (accessed Nov. 5, 2015)


“Using its powers under the founding Statute, the Assembly can:

  • Demand action from 47 European governments, who must jointly reply
  • Conduct probes to uncover new facts about human rights violations
  • Question Presidents and Prime Ministers on any topic it chooses
  • Observe elections and send delegations to mediate in crisis hot-spots
  • Negotiate the terms on which states join the Council of Europe
  • Inspire new national laws by proposing and giving opinions on treaties
  • Request legal opinions on the laws and constitutions of member states
  • Sanction a member state by recommending its exclusion or suspensionThough it has no power to pass binding laws, PACE holds a constant dialogue with governments, national parliaments, other international organisations and civil society which ‘sets the agenda’. In this way, its texts filter down through law and practice to improve the lives of Europeans everywhere.”

“The Powers of the Assembly,” (accessed Nov. 5, 2015)

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