of the Assemblyís Monitoring Procedure
Session PACE 29 June 2006
UEL thinks itís good to develop an overall mechanism for monitoring all the
memberstates on their commitment to the principles of the Council of Europe.
clear that sinds the enlargement of the Council of Europe with the new
memberstates from Mid- and East Europe, and the monitoring procedure these new
members met, the discussion of double standards got and gest an new dimension.
not true that only in the new memberstates human rights and democratic
principles are offended.
not black and white.
the older memberstates, including the founding mothers, have much to improve.
a bit strange that as an observer during elections we discuss that itís
necessary to have a proper identification procedure of the voters, while in my
own country this is not the case at all. And much more examples are to be given.
report mr Funda has prepared is an important report because the UEL see it as a
first step to an overall monitoringprocedure of all the memberstates.
report we are now discussing consists of an collection of assessments of
CoE-bodies, presented country by country.
make it more fruitfull and
effective we have to consider a mechanism in which memberstates feel the
pressure to take adequate measures which are asked for.
of all we can use the mechanism that is used for the countries who are under the
normal monitoringprocedure, such as a period for respond, inviting the national
delegation to the committeemeeting, holding a conference in the country itself
and so on.
thatís not enough.
is necessary is that there is also a political overall-assessment of the results
of each country, a roadmap to improvement and a considering of sanctions if in
serious matters nothing improves.
of course itís necessary that the national parliament of the country involved
takes the matter seriously and debates the report in their own parliament.
source of this involvement is of course the national delegation in this
Assemblee, who should take part in this debate.
report can be the first step to an annual, or bi-annual, report on the State of
Human Rights and Democracy within Europa.
half an Europe of 25 countries, but whole Europe of 46-48 countries.
I agree strongly with the president of this assembly that such a report should
belong to the hard core bussiness of the CoE.
itís just a minor problem which committee should be responsible for the making
of such a report.
you look at the Addendum in which the 11 countries are analyzed itís clear
that in most of them still much have to be done.
why itís important to have a follow-up and to use this monitoringmechanisme as
a tool, not to punish or to shame, but as a fruitful instrument to improve the
quality of democracy and human rights in Europa.