The Council of Europe plays a major role in setting standards
in the human rights field and in developing international law. The
pan-European conventional acquis it
has developed lays the foundations for a Europe without dividing
The Council of Europe member states must renew their commitment
vis-à-vis this normative corpus, whose importance and undeniable
added value are recalled in the report.
To this end, the number of ratifications of treaties – particularly
the more basic conventions – must increase. Furthermore, existing
treaties must be re-examined and updated as appropriate (or indeed,
in extreme cases, abrogated).
The report also calls into question the increasing use of
so-called “disconnection clauses”, and invites the Committee of
Ministers to regulate this practice more strictly.