БЪЛГАРСКИ ФОРУМ ЗА БЪДЕЩЕТО
Европейски консенсус по българско предложение
ЗАСЕДАНИЕ НА БЮРОТО, ПРЕЗИДЕНТСКАТА И ПОСТОЯННАТА КОМИСИЯ НА ПАСЕ В СОФИЯ, 26-27 НОЕМВРИ 2015г.
ОТ СОФИЯ ПАСЕ СВИКА ДЪРЖАВНИТЕ ГЛАВИ И ПРЕМИЕРИТЕ НА 47-ТЕ СТРАНИ-ЧЛЕНКИ НА СЪВЕТА НА ЕВРОПА - ПО БЪЛГАРСКО ПРЕДЛОЖЕНИЕhttp://toshev.blogspot.bg/2015/11/47.html
на Парламентарната Асамблея на Съвета на Европа
Заседанието на Парламентарната Асамблея в София днес, препотвърди целта на отците - основатели на Съвета на Европа, които като следствие от ужасите на Втората Световна война, създадоха тази организация с предназначението да “постигне по-голямо единство между своите членове” за да се запазят и реализират “идеалите и принципите, които са тяхното общо наследство”.
Както е посочено изрично в чл.3 от Статута на Организацията, нейните членове, трябва да сътрудничат искрено и ефективно за реализацията точно на тази цел.
Като чества 40-тата годишнина на Заключителния документ от Хелзинки, Асамблеята желае да подчертае важната роля, която изигра неговото подписване, довело до края на Студената война.
Тя приема този документ като пример за това, какво е възможно да се постигне, когато страните съгласувано положат усилия да оставят настрана своите различия и да се стремят към разбирателство.
Асамблеята е искрено убедена, че многобройните политически предизвикателства, с които Европа се сблъсква днес, както вътрешни, така и извън нейните границите изискват общ отговор на базата на споделните принципи и ценности, диалог, доверие и солидарност.
В тези критични моменти, страните-членки на Съвета на Европа, трябва да се сплотят около това, което ги обединява, отколкото това, което ги разделя и да предотвратят издигането на нови стени и очертаването на разделителни линии.
За тази цел и признавайки ключовата роля, която Съветът на Европа може да играе защитавайки и подпомагайки демократичната сигурност, Асамблеята призовава за Среща на държавните глави и ръководителите на правителства, на която страните да препотвърдят на най-високо политическо ниво, своите ангажименти спрямо общите ценности и принципи на демокрацията, човешките права и върховенството на закона, защитавани от Организацията.
Внесена от Джема Грозданова (България, ЕНП/ХД),Ръководител на българската делегация
В София : Конференция на Председателите на парламентарните Комисии по външна политика на страните-членки на Съвета на Европаhttp://toshev.blogspot.bg/2016/02/blog-post_8.html
Важно е, че в този момент подарихме на Европа
"Съединението прави силата"
"Съединението прави силата"
Лъчезар Тошев пред news.bg, интервю на Весела Веселинова
Sofia Declaration of 27 November 2015 adopted by the Standing Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly
Political Affairs Committee backs proposal for fourth Council of Europe Summit
- Political Affairs and Democracy
The Political Affairs Committee today backed the proposal for a fourth Council of Europe Summit.
On the basis of a memorandum prepared by Michele Nicoletti (Italy, SOC), it stressed that such a Summit should primarily aim at re-launching the Council of Europe's core mission: a pan-European organisation, offering a common legal space to 820 million Europeans and thus capable of promoting democratic security throughout the continent.
"We must make sure to avoid a paternalistic approach and treat all member States of the Organisation equally and in mutual respect, whether they are small or big, whether they are old member or have joined more recently.
At the same time, it is important to focus on what unites us rather what divides us," Mr Nicoletti stressed.
The committee agreed that in a Europe which has profoundly changed since the last Summit, held in Warsaw in 2005, and when the whole world seems to be changing, a Summit would offer the unique opportunity to member States to reaffirm, at the highest political level, their commitment to the common values and principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights, upheld by the Organisation, as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.
Michele Nicoletti is due to present his report “Call for a Council of Europe Summit to defend and promote democratic security in Europe” at the PACE plenary session in October 2017.
Link to the Memorandum of the Rapporteur
Д-р Джема Грозданова - Ръководител на българската делегация в ПАСЕ инциира проект за Препоръка към Комитета на Министрите
СЪВЕТЪТ НА ЕВРОПА В ЕВРОПЕЙСКАТА ПОЛИТИЧЕСКА АРХИТЕКТУРА
Проект за препоръка
Внесен от Джема Грозданова ( България, ЕНП/ХД) и други членове на Асамблеята
3 май 2017г.
Вземайки предвид своята Софийска Декларация от 27 ноември 2015г. и подкрепата от видни европейски лидери за призива за свикване на Четвърта среща на Съвета на Европа на най-високо ниво ;
Препотвърждавайки своята позиция изразена в Препоръка 1567/2002 за парламентарен контрол върху международните институции, целяща да направи европейските институции по-отговорни, така че гражданите на Европа да ги възприемат като свои собствени представители;
Проследявайки с интерес дебатите за бъдещето на Европейския съюз инициирани от Президента на Европейската Комисия и идеите на европейските лидери по същата тема;
Подчертавайки, че независимо от разликата в членството на Съвета на Европа и на Европейския съюз и двете организации са посветили своите дейности да защитават еднакви ценности и по-специално на изграждането на Обединена Европа на основата на демокрацията, правата на човека и върховенството на закона, като зона с граници между националните държави, но без разделителни линии;
Подчертавайки, че Съветът на Европа е уникален форум, където страните-членки на ЕС и европейските страни, които не членуват в ЕС са в диалог и сътрудничество основани на общи ценности и принципи;
Призовава Комитета на Министрите да организира заедно с ПАСЕ и с Европейския Парламент дискусия относно бъдещето на Европа и ролята на Съвета на Европа в рамките на Европейската политическа архитектура, която да се проведе преди Четвъртата среща на най-високо равнище.Подписали:
Джема ГРОЗДАНОВА (ЕНП, България)
Теодора БАКОЯНИС (ЕНП, Гърция)
Моника БАРТОШ (ЕНП, Унгария)
Тобиас БИЛСТРЬОМ (ЕНП, Швеция)
Марко ГАТИ (ЕНП, Сан Марино)
Валериу ГИЛЕЧИ (ЕНП, Молдова)
Милена ДАМЯНОВА(ЕНП, България)
Валери ЖАБЛЯНОВ (Социалист, България)
Джейхан ИБРЯМОВ (АЛДЕ, България)
Даниел КИРИЛОВ (ЕНП, България)
Едуард КЬОК (ЕНП, Австрия)
Филипо ЛОМБАРДИ (ЕНП, Швейцария)
Жолт НЕМЕТ (ЕНП, Унгария)
Боряна ОБЕРГ (ЕНП, Швеция)
Джозеф О’РЕЙЛИ (ЕНП, Ирландия)
Лиляна ПАЛИХОВИЧИ (ЕНП, Молдова)
Жорди РОКА (ЕНП, Испания)
Адайо СИЛВА (ЕНП, Португалия)
Адайо СИЛВА (ЕНП, Португалия)
Самвел ФАРМАНИАН (ЕНП, Армения)
Хамид ХАМИД (АЛДЕ, България)
COUNCIL OF EUROPE IN THE EUROPEAN POLITICAL ARCHITECTURE
MOTION FOR A RECOMMENDATION
03 May 2017
Tabled by Dzhema Grozdanova (Bulgaria, EPP /CD) and other members of the Assembly
The Parliamentary Assembly,
Taking into account its Sofia Declaration of 27th of November 2015 and the support by eminent European Leaders for the call for the assembling the Fourth Council of Europe Summit;
Reaffirming its position expressed in Recommendation 1567/2002 for a parliamentary scrutiny of international institutions aimed to give greater accountability of European institutions, so that the citizens of Europe to acknowledge them as their own representatives;
Following with interest the debates for the Future of the European Union initiated by the President of the European Commission and the ideas of European leaders on the same topic;
Stressing that despite the different membership of the Council of Europe and EU, both
Organizations dedicated their activities to promote the same values and especially to establish a United Europe based on Democracy, Human Rights and Rule of Law, as an area with boundaries between nation states, but without dividing lines;
Underlining that the Council of Europe is a unique forum where the EU member-states and non-EU European states are in dialogue and cooperation based on common values and principles;
Calls upon the Committee of Ministers to organize together with PACE and the European Parliament a discussion about the Future of Europe and the Role of the Council of Europe within the European Political Architecture, which is to take place before the Fourth Summit.
Dzhema GROZDANOVA (EPP/CD, Bulgaria)
Boriana ABERG (EPP/CD, Sweden)
Theodora BAKOYANNIS (EPP/CD,Greece)
Monika BARTOS (EPP/CD,Hungary)
Tobias BILLSTROEM (EPP/CD, Sweden)
Samvel FARMANYAN (EPP/CD, Armenia)
Marco GATTI (EPP/CD, San Marino)
Milena DAMYANOVA (EPP/CD, Bulgaria)
Valeriu GHILETCHI (EPP/CD,Moldova)
Dzheyhan IBRYAMOV (ALDE, Bulgaria)
Valeri JABLIANOV (SOC, Bulgaria)
Danail KIRILOV (EPP/CD, Bulgaria)
Eduard KOECK (EPP/CD, Austria)
Filippo LOMBARDI (EPP/CD, Suisse)
Hamid HAMID (ALDE, Bulgaria)
Zsolt NEMETH (EPP/CD,Hungary)
Joseph O’REILLY (EPP/CD, Ireland)
Liliana PALIHOVICI (EPP/CD, Moldova)
Jordi ROCA (EPP/CD, Spain)
Adao SILVA (EPP/CD, Portugal)
Adao SILVA (EPP/CD, Portugal)
Линк към сайта на ПАСЕ, където документът е публикуван на 3 май 2017г.
Some reminiscences about the debates on the Reform of PACE in 2011, when the principle of equality between the members of the Assembly and between the member-states of the Council of Europe was successfully defended!
THE PRESIDENT – The next item of business this afternoon is the debate on the report titled “Reform of the Parliamentary Assembly” (Doc. 12627), presented by Mr Mignon on behalf of the Ad hoc Committee on the Reform of the Parliamentary Assembly.
Mr TOSHEV (Bulgaria) – The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe needs such reforms as can make it more efficient and better represented in the European architecture. It should remain an important actor in Europe, providing the unique opportunity for dialogue between its European Union and non-EU member states, as well as being open for co-operation with its observers, such as the United States, Canada, Mexico, Israel and the Holy See. That list will be further enlarged for our Partners for Democracy, the first of which is the Parliament of Morocco. We hope that Morocco will be followed by other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.
The Assembly should continue to be a forum for dialogue not only between states but between citizens of our united Europe. An important recommendation of the rapporteur, Mr Jean-Claude Mignon, is the aim to increase the visibility of the Assembly’s work and reinforce interaction between the Assembly and national parliaments. I fully subscribe to that proposal.
I want once again to introduce the idea that the committees of the Assembly should receive an annual ticket to organise joint meetings with the relevant committees of the national parliaments of the member states. Of course, that proposal would not extend to the Rules Committee and the Monitoring Committee, because of their specific areas of activity.
If the proposal is accepted, many more political stakeholders will be involved in our debates and the enlarged dialogue will support European society as a real democratic community. The agenda of such meetings should be drafted jointly with the chairpersons of the national parliamentary committees and representatives of the countries in the neighbourhood of the Council of Europe, as well as interested NGOs and media, could also be invited where appropriate.
An important principle in the Organisation up until now has been the equality of member states and members of the Assembly. That principle has been observed within the European family since the very beginning of our Assembly’s existence.
I was astonished to see that the Bureau unanimously adopted the proposal to allocate the position of ex-officio members of the new Committee on the Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs to the chairpersons of five privileged delegations from the biggest member states – France, Germany, Italy, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom.
The committee is composed of members proposed by the political groups, so why should part of its membership be elected in a different way?
Every delegation should be treated equally, whether it is large or small, and I am strongly convinced that the political groups could nominate the leaders of the five delegations through the ordinary procedure.
I am certain that nobody could oppose their nomination by those groups.
THE PRESIDENT – Thank you. The next speaker is Ms Guţu.
THE PRESIDENT – We now come to Amendment 4, tabled by Mr Toshev, Mr Dimitrov, Mr Minchev, Ms Grozdanova, Mr Vareikis, Ms Pernaska, Mr Matušic, Ms Caparin and Mr Falzon, which is, in the draft resolution, after paragraph 5.4.2, to insert the following sub-paragraph:
“to grant the committees of the Assembly, except the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States and the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs, an annual ticket to organize a joint meeting with the relevant committees in the national parliaments of the member states.”
I call Mr Toshev to support Amendment 4.
Mr TOSHEV (Bulgaria) – The amendment speaks for itself. We are dealing with the same issues and such meetings would strengthen the position of the Assembly and those involved in the dialogue. With the involvement of national parliaments, we could achieve our goals.
THE PRESIDENT – We now come to Sub-Amendment 1 to Amendment 4, tabled by Mr Mignon, Mr Rochebloine, Mr Reiss, Ms Marland-Militello, Mr Rouquet, Mr Gardetto and Mr Marquet, which is, in Amendment 4, to replace the word “grant” with the following word: “invite” and, after the word “Affairs,”, to insert the following words: “to use”.
I call Mr Mignon to support Sub-Amendment 1.
Mr MIGNON (France) spoke in favour of Sub-Amendment 1, and said that in principle he agreed with Amendment 4 but he wished to change the word “grant” to “invite” and to insert “to use” after “affairs” to avoid any misunderstanding and to make completely clear the powers and privileges of each committee and to spell out clearly what each committee did.
THE PRESIDENT – Does anyone wish to speak against the sub-amendment? That is not the case.
What is the opinion of the mover of the amendment?
Mr TOSHEV (Bulgaria) – I am fully in favour.
THE PRESIDENT – What is the opinion of the committee?
Mr MIGNON (France) – The committee is in favour.
We now come to Amendment 5, tabled by Mr Toshev, Mr Dimitrov, Mr Vareikis, Ms Pernaska, Mr Matušic, Ms Caparin, Mr Falzon, Mr Ghiletchi, Ms Palihovici and Mr Gardetto, which is, in the draft resolution, delete paragraph 6.4.3.
If this amendment is agreed to, Amendment 32 falls.
I call Mr Toshev to support Amendment 5. You have 30 seconds.
Mr TOSHEV (Bulgaria) – The amendment refers to the proposal to grant special new privileges to the Assembly’s biggest delegations. I oppose that proposal.
I was encouraged by the readiness of the rapporteur to co-operate with those who oppose him and who are trying to keep the spirit of equality in this Assembly. I would support his new proposal, which meets this point and takes our concern into consideration.
THE PRESIDENT – Does anyone wish to speak against the amendment? That is not the case.
What is the opinion of the committee on the amendment?
Mr MIGNON (France) said the ad hoc committee was against Amendment 32 but was offering an oral amendment which he hoped would deal with the concerns expressed in the original amendment
THE PRESIDENT – I am assuming that the committee is against, Mr Mignon?
Mr MIGNON (France) – Yes.
THE PRESIDENT – I shall now put the amendment to the vote.
The vote is open.
Amendment 5 is rejected.
I have received an oral amendment from Mr Mignon, on behalf of the Ad hoc Committee on Reform of the Parliamentary Assembly, which reads as follows:
“In paragraph 6.4.3 of the draft resolution, to replace the words ‘of the five largest national delegations (France, Germany, Italy, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom)’ with the following words ‘to increase the number of members with a view to ensuring an equitable geographical representation of members. With this in mind each member state shall not have more than one member on this Committee’.”
If this oral amendment is agreed to, Amendment 32 falls.
I remind the Assembly of Rule 33.6, which enables the President to accept an oral amendment or sub-amendment on the grounds of promoting clarity, accuracy or conciliation and if there is not opposition from 10 or more members to it being debated.
In my opinion the oral amendment meets the criteria of Rule 33.6. Is there any opposition to the amendment being debated? That is not the case. I therefore call Mr Mignon to support Oral Amendment 1. You have 30 seconds.
Mr MIGNON (France) spoke on behalf of the ad hoc committee in support of Oral Amendment 1, saying that he thought this dealt with the concerns raised by Mr Toshev and his co-signatures as well as the other members who had supported Amendment 32. This oral amendment would ensure a more equitable geographic representation of members on the committee.
THE PRESIDENT – Does anyone wish to speak against the oral amendment? I call Mr Vareikis to speak. You have 30 seconds.
Mr VAREIKIS (Lithuania) – Maybe from one point of view, this looks like a good idea. On the other hand, we will have to invent a mechanism. How will we manage to keep to the geography and to the rules? The members of the Rules Committee are appointed by the political groups, so this probably needs more clarification. For the time being, it might be better not to have it.
THE PRESIDENT – The committee is obviously in favour, Mr Mignon?
Mr MIGNON (France) – Yes.
THE PRESIDENT – I shall now put the oral amendment to the vote.
The vote is open.
Oral Amendment 1 is agreed to and therefore Amendment 32 falls.
Rapporteur on a Fourth Council of Europe Summit held bilateral meeting with Ms Mogherini
- Political Affairs and Democracy
"Prior to an exchange of views with the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, discussed with Michele Nicoletti (Italy, SOC), who is currently preparing a report on a fourth Council of Europe Summit for the Political Affairs Committee.
"A fourth Summit should primarily aim at re-launching the Council of Europe's core mission as a pan-European organisation, offering a common legal space to 820 million Europeans and thus capable of promoting democratic security throughout the continent" said Mr Nicoletti stressing that relations between the EU and the Council of Europe would of course be addressed in this context.
Michele Nicoletti is due to present his report “Call for a Council of Europe Summit to defend and promote democratic security in Europe” at the PACE plenary session in October 2017 in Strasbourg.
Le rapporteur sur un quatrième sommet du Conseil de l’Europe rencontre Mme Mogherini
- Questions politiques et démocratie
"Avant son échange de vues avec le Comité des Ministres du Conseil de l'Europe, Federica Mogherini, Haute représentante de l'Union européenne pour les affaires étrangères et la politique de sécurité et Vice-présidente de la Commission européenne, s'est entretenue avec Michele Nicoletti (Italie, SOC), qui prépare actuellement un rapport pour la Commission des questions politiques sur un quatrième Sommet du Conseil de l'Europe.
« Un quatrième sommet devrait principalement viser à relancer la mission principale du Conseil de l'Europe en tant qu'Organisation paneuropéenne, offrant un espace juridique commun à 820 millions d'Européens et donc capable de promouvoir la sécurité démocratique sur l'ensemble du continent », a dit M. Nicoletti en soulignant que les relations entre l'UE et le Conseil de l'Europe seraient évidemment abordées dans ce contexte.
Michele Nicoletti présentera son rapport « Appel à un sommet du Conseil de l'Europe pour défendre et promouvoir la sécurité démocratique en Europe » lors de la session plénière de l'APCE en octobre 2017 à Strasbourg.
Приетите документи :
Приетата Резолюция 2186/2017 на ПАСЕ :
Resolution 2186 (2017) Provisional version
Call for a Council of Europe Summit to reaffirm European unity and to defend and promote democratic security in Europe
The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned that, at present, momentous political challenges, both within and outside Europe’s borders, are threatening the continent and its unity: the daily risk of terrorist attacks, the rise of Euroscepticism, nationalism, populism and xenophobia, the persistence of frozen and open conflicts, the annexation or occupation of a neighbour’s territories, the prolongation of state of emergency measures and the re-emergence of divisions. Wars at the doors of Europe threaten the security of the continent and have caused massive refugee and migratory flows.
The efficiency and authority of the unique human rights protection system, based on the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5), are threatened by various attempts to undermine the authority of the European Court of Human Rights, by the lack of political will on the part of certain States Parties to implement its judgments, despite their legally binding force, or by delays in their implementation.
Recent developments within the European Union, including ongoing infringement and rule of law procedures against some of its member States, the lack of solidarity in the handling of the refugee and migratory crisis, as well as the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, also present challenges for the Council of Europe, as it offers a unique forum of co-operation between European States which are members of the European Union and those which are not.
Against this background, the Assembly believes that the Council of Europe and the values it upholds are today more necessary than ever: at the origin of the European construction, bringing together almost all the European States on the basis of common values and principles and thus natural guardian of “unity within diversity”, offering a common legal space to 835 million Europeans, guaranteeing protection of their human rights, promoting social rights and democracy and contributing to the development of a European civil society, the Council of Europe is today best placed to help meet the challenges raised by growing nationalism and avoid the building of new walls.
Alongside the European Union, whose far-reaching integration project will never cover the whole continent, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), which also covers non-European States, the Council of Europe, composed of 47 European States, remains the only pan-European organisation capable of promoting and guaranteeing democratic security throughout the continent.
In order to preserve and further strengthen this unique pan-European project, currently threatened by divisions and a weakening of member States’ commitment, the Assembly calls for a Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of Council of Europe member States.
In a Europe which has profoundly changed since the last Summit, held in Warsaw in 2005, and at a time when the whole world seems to be changing, a Summit will offer member States a unique opportunity to reaffirm, in the strongest possible terms and at the highest political level, their commitment to the ideal of European unity and the values and principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law upheld by the Council of Europe. Member States should clearly express their willingness to continue to be part of a single community, sharing common values, a common legal order and a common jurisdiction, and capable of capitalising on internal differences.
The Fourth Summit should be well-focused and could, inter alia, offer political impetus to:
enhance the efficiency and authority of the human rights protection system, based on the European Convention on Human Rights, reverse current tendencies undermining the authority of the European Court of Human Rights and improve the record of implementation of its judgments by member States;
strengthen the treaty system of the European Social Charter, including its collective complaint system and its monitoring machinery (in particular regarding the election of the members of the European Committee of Social Rights by the Assembly), reaffirming the fact that only the enjoyment of socio-economic rights and social inclusion allow people to fully enjoy their political and civil rights;
encourage member States to adopt effective measures against growing poverty and modern slavery thus reassuring European citizens that the European institutions are not indifferent to their problems and the concrete conditions of their everyday life;
recognise the valuable contribution of the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights to the development of sustainable human rights-centred policies at national and local level throughout the continent, as well as the role played by the Organisation’s standard-setting and monitoring bodies;
enhance the Council of Europe’s mission both as guardian and innovator of democracy, including by strengthening the role of the Parliamentary Assembly as a strong pillar of European parliamentarism, bringing together representatives of the citizens from almost all European States, and consolidating the role of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) as a constitutional law expert body promoting democracy within and outside Europe’s borders.
The Summit should also aim at consolidating citizens’ trust in democratic institutions and democratic values and propose ways to increase citizens’ participation and consultation with civil society in search of common solutions to common problems. It could thus bring the Organisation closer to the people it serves and contribute to the emergence of a European civil society.
At a time when the European Union is facing numerous challenges and is also reflecting on the future of Europe, the Summit would offer a fresh and timely opportunity to define, at the highest political level, the role to be played by the Council of Europe in the overall European political architecture. In a Europe of concentric circles, the Heads of State and Government from the 47 member States of the Council of Europe, representing the widest circle, should ensure coherence of standards between the Council of Europe and the European Union, avoid overlapping and best harmonise the various levels of their co-operation, in the foremost interest of European citizens. For this purpose, the Assembly asks the Heads of State and Government of Council of Europe member States to discuss again the 2006 report “A sole ambition for Europe” and to decide a specific timetable to implement the proposals contained therein in order to remove any overlap between the Council of Europe and the European Union.
The Assembly notes that an efficient preparation of the Summit requires the development of synergies between all sectors of the Organisation, co-ordinated by its Secretary General, and more significantly between its two statutory organs. Although the primary responsibility lies with the Committee of Ministers, the Assembly, enhanced by recent reforms, should expect to play an important role in the preparation of the Summit, especially as it has been promoting this idea for several years.
In this respect, there is currently an inconsistency in the composition of the two statutory organs: following the illegal annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and the application, on these grounds, by the Assembly of sanctions to the Russian parliamentary delegation, for three consecutive years one of the Council of Europe member States, the Russian Federation, has participated in the activities and been represented in the bodies of only one of the two statutory organs of the Organisation, namely the Committee of Ministers, but not of the Assembly. The Assembly regrets that, as a reaction to this situation, the Russian Federation announced, on 30 June 2017, its decision to suspend payment of its contribution to the budget of the Council of Europe for 2017 until full and unconditional restoration of the credentials of the delegation of its Federal Assembly in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
The Assembly considers that the overall situation in the Organisation is today counterproductive, particularly as it adversely affects its overall impact as a guardian of human rights and democracy throughout the continent, and therefore it is not in the interest of the citizens of the 47 member States.
The Assembly notes that the Statute of the Council of Europe (ETS No. 1), as supplemented by Statutory Resolution (51) 30, provides for synergy between the two statutory organs as regards membership of the Organisation.
However, over the years, and in particular after the Organisation’s enlargement during the 90s, the Assembly has developed rules governing the participation and representation rights of members of national delegations in its own activities and bodies which do not provide for any kind of synergy or coherence with the Committee of Ministers.
Therefore the Assembly, as part of the preparatory work for the Summit, resolves to initiate a procedure aimed at harmonising, jointly with the Committee of Ministers, the rules governing participation and representation of member States in both statutory organs, while fully respecting the latters’ autonomy. This coherence should strengthen the sense of being part of a community and the obligations incumbent upon every member State.
This common reflection could be carried out jointly by the Assembly and the Committee of Ministers within an ad hoc working group set up by the Joint Committee. For this process to be credible and fruitful, the whole Assembly and every single member State should do their utmost to ensure that all member States of the Organisation will be fully represented in the process on both the parliamentary and intergovernmental sides in strict compliance with their respective obligations.
In the meantime, and as part of the preparatory work for the Summit, the Assembly resolves to continue its own reflection on its identity, role and mission as a statutory organ of the Council of Europe and a pan-European forum for inter-parliamentary dialogue which aims at having an impact in all Council of Europe member States. This reflection would also enable the Assembly to provide its own vision of the future of the Organisation.
Приетата Препоръка 2113/ 2017 на ПАСЕ към Комитета на Министрите :
Recommendation 2113 (2017) Provisional version
Call for a Council of Europe Summit to reaffirm European unity and to defend and promote democratic security in Europe
Resolution 2186 (2017) on the call for a Council of Europe Summit to reaffirm European unity and to defend and promote democratic security in Europe, in which it expresses its concern about the numerous challenges currently threatening the European continent and its unity. Against this background, and for the reasons given in its resolution, the Assembly believes that the Council of Europe, and the values it upholds, is today more necessary than ever. The Parliamentary Assembly refers to its
In order to preserve and further strengthen the pan-European project in a Europe which has profoundly changed since the last Summit held in Warsaw 12 years ago, the Assembly calls on the Committee of Ministers to convene a Fourth Summit of Heads of State and Government of Council of Europe member States. This will offer a unique opportunity for member States to reaffirm, in the strongest possible terms and at the highest political level, their commitment to the ideal of European unity and the common values and principles of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law upheld by the Organisation.
The Assembly recommends that the Fourth Summit be well-focused and provide political impetus for a number of specific actions suggested in a non-exhaustive manner in its resolution. It should also offer a fresh and timely opportunity to define, at the highest political level, the role to be played by the Council of Europe in the overall European political architecture and address outstanding challenges in its relations with the European Union, in the light, inter alia, of the 2006 report “A sole ambition for Europe”, in the interest of European citizens.
Although the primary responsibility for the organisation of a Summit lies with the Committee of Ministers, the Assembly underlines that an efficient preparation of the Summit requires the development of synergies between all sectors of the Organisation, co-ordinated by its Secretary General, and more significantly between its two statutory organs. The Assembly therefore asks the Committee of Ministers to:
closely associate the Assembly in the preparation of the draft agenda and draft declaration of the Fourth Summit;
consider its proposal, as part of the preparatory work for the Summit and for the reasons and according to the modalities described in its resolution, to engage in a procedure aimed at harmonising jointly the rules governing participation, representation and responsibilities of member States in both statutory organs, while fully respecting the latters’ autonomy.
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