Mendes Bota elected vice-chairman of the Council of Europe committee

Deputy Mendes Bota has just been elected vice-president of the Assembly's Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development […]

Mr Mendes Bota has just been elected vice-chairman of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, whose session is taking place throughout the week in Strasbourg.

Within the scope of his work in the areas covered by this Committee, the reports that the PSD deputy elected by the Algarve drafted on the “Regulation of Lobby” and “Tourism and Sustainable Development” stand out.

Mendes Bota also saw his mandate renewed for another year as General Rapporteur on Violence against Women, and political coordinator of the European Parliamentary Network “Women Free from Violence”. the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, spoke yesterday at the Strasbourg plenary.

The Portuguese parliamentarian was at the origin and development of the process that led to the approval of the Convention for the Prevention and Combat of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (known as the “Istanbul Convention”), and has focused in recent years in its dissemination and in the impetus of the member states of the Council of Europe towards the respective ratification (with the next ratification by Spain, the 10 ratifications necessary for entry into force will be reached).

In this context, he has contacted the most diverse members of parliaments and governments in Europe, organizing discussion forums on specific topics related to the Convention's content, and acting as a guest speaker at conferences and seminars in the most different countries in Europe, America and Africa. author of several reports on the matter, such as the one approved last November, on the theme “Violence against Women in Europe”.

Mendes Bota is currently finalizing a report entitled “Prostitution, trafficking and modern slavery in Europe”, whose final approval is expected at the parliamentary session next April in Strasbourg.