Assembly: EU accession agreement should increase human rights protection

Partnership between the European Union (EU) and the Council of Europe should lead to a common space for human rights protection across the continent, the Parliamentary Assembly’s Political Affairs Committee declared today.

A draft resolution and recommendation which followed the debate in Caserta, Italy, on the impact of the Lisbon Treaty on the Council of Europe (CoE), urges the CoE’s Committee of Ministers to strengthen the organisation’s role as “the benchmark for human rights, rule of law and democracy in Europe” and to ensure that this role is fully recognised by all EU institutions.

The Political Affairs Committee wants all European parliaments and governments to take the necessary measures to ensure the rapid conclusion of the Accession Agreement of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

It is also encouraging EU accession to other key CoE conventions, monitoring mechanisms and bodies to ensure consistency of standards and of the monitoring of their implementation by the member states.

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