Jean-Claude Mignon calls for less duplication and increased co-operation between PACE and the EP

Strasbourg, 15.02.2012 – Increased co-operation between the Parliamentary Assembly and the European Parliament was the main focus of meetings held yesterday and today in Strasbourg by the PACE President, Jean-Claude Mignon.

During meetings with the Chair of the Group of the European People's Party, Joseph Daul, the Chair of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Hannes Swoboda, the Co-Chair of the Greens, Rebecca Harms, the Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists, Martin Callanan, and the Head of the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe, Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, Jean-Claude Mignon advocated increased reciprocal participation in activities of common interest organised by the two institutions, including joint field visits.

The President called for efforts to be stepped up to avoid duplication of Council of Europe and EU activities, particularly with regard to the Fundamental Rights Agency, which was already in place, and to the EU’s plans to set up a European Endowment for Democracy and appoint a Special Representative for Human Rights.

Jean-Claude Mignon also addressed the situation in Hungary and Ukraine, Europe’s frozen conflicts and EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights.

Today he will take part in the meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs. He is also scheduled to meet the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, in Brussels on 7 March.