ESI's Gerald Knaus presented the latest developments and the recent debate around transparency in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) at the Foreign Press Association in Rome.
Following recent allegations of corruption against Luca Volontè, a former PACE member, the Assembly was under pressure to formulate an appropriate response. In an unprecedented move, during the last PACE session in late April, the Bureau of the Assembly approved a proposal for the set-up of an external commission of inquiry. The Bureau also declared it has 'no confidence' in Pedro Agramunt as President, a reaction triggered by his recent visit to Syria.
- El Confidencial, Rafael Méndez, "Cerco al 'embajador del caviar': el Consejo de Europa, contra Agramunt por ver a Assad" ("'Caviar Ambassador' under siege: the Council of Europe speaks out against Agramunt over his visit to Assad") (25 April 2017)
- ESI newsletter: Merchants of Doubt or investigating Corruption (21 April 2017)
- Open letter by civil society organisations to PACE: A call for launching external, independent, and impartial investigation into allegations of corruption and other violations of the Parliamentary Assembly Code of Conduct in connection with its work on Azerbaijan (20 April 2017)
- ESI: Open letter to PACE members: backing Sawicki – how to investigate corruption in Strasbourg (27 March 2017)
- ESI newsletter: The FIFA of human rights – beyond lip-service on anti-corruption (18 January 2017)
- ESI report: The European Swamp (Caviar Diplomacy Part 2) – Prosecutors, corruption and the Council of Europe (17 December 2016)
- Report (RAI 3): Caviar Democracy (21 November 2016)
- ESI paper: A Portrait of Deception. Monitoring Azerbaijan or why Pedro Agramunt should resign (22 January 2013)
- ESI, "Caviar Diplomacy. How Azerbaijan silenced the Council of Europe", 24 May 2012.
- ESI publications on Caviar Diplomacy