An Ad hoc Committee on the role and mission of the Assembly

At its last meeting, the Bureau decided to set up an ad hoc Committee on ‘The role and mission of the Parliamentary Assembly’. Its purpose is to make proposals to the Bureau on the implementation of the Resolution 2186 (2017) on ‘Call for a Council of Europe summit to reaffirm European unity and to defend and promote democratic security in Europe’.

The ad hoc committee will notably have a twofold task: to reflect on, and if possible prepare, proposals aimed at harmonising the rules governing participation and representation of member States in both statutory organs, while fully respecting the autonomy of the two bodies; and to prepare proposals as regards the role and mission of the Assembly as a statutory organ of the ‘47’ and a pan-European forum for interparliamentary dialogue which aims at having an impact in all member States.

It will be composed the President of the Assembly, the Chairpersons of Political Groups, the Chairpersons of national delegations, the Chairpersons of the general committees listed in Rule 44.1. of the Rules of Procedure, and the rapporteur of the Committee of Political Affairs and Democracy on ‘Identity, role and mission of the Assembly as a statutory organ of the Council of Europe and a pan-European forum for interparliamentary dialogue’, as well as the Rapporteur for opinion of the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs on this subject.

The ad hoc committee should present its report to the Bureau, at the latest, at its December 2018 meeting.

The decision of the Bureau to set up the Ad Hoc Committee has been taken under Article 44.4.c. of the Rules of Procedure, and is subject to ratification by the Assembly through its Progress Report.