President of Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly at MGIMO

President of Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly at MGIMO

18 December 2019

December 18th, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Liliane Maury Pasquier came to MGIMO during her visit to Russia.

MGIMO’s Vice-Rector A.Malgin welcomed the PACE delegation and spoke to the guests about the main directions of the University’s work, presenting the joint BA and MA programs developed with foreign partners and the recently opened branch of the University in Uzbekistan. The meeting was also attended on MGIMO’s side by the Director of the European Studies Institute T.Shashikhina, who shared her experience of the long-running cooperation between MGIMO and the Council of Europe which included conducting advanced training courses, developing educational courses for the HELP platform of the Council of Europe and student initiatives such as the ECHR interuniversity Model and the PACE Model.

Liliane Maury Pasquier gave an interesting talk to an audience of students and faculty members of the University on the 70th anniversary of the Council of Europe. The speaker gave a detailed account of the history of the creation of the Council of Europe, its place in the common European architecture, the role and structure of the Parliamentary Assembly in the Council of Europe’s institutional system. Liliane Maury Pasquier focused on the basic founding principles and activities of the organization, which make it one of a kind. The PACE President emphasized the need to expand cooperation between the Council of Europe and Russia and work towards creating a pan-European legal and humanitarian space from Lisbon to Vladivostok, and emphasizing the need to maintain a constructive dialogue to address current challenges.

After the lecture, the speaker took questions from the audience on a myriad of issues including the fight against domestic violence, the systemic crisis within the organization, the possibility of the European Union joining the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

At the end of the visit, the PACE delegation was taken on a tour of the MGIMO History Museum and the Museum of Rare Books. The guests were told about the history of the University and its different accomplishments over the 75 years since its foundation. The visiting delegation also viewed a collection of rare historical books and monographs.

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