The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy supports
the strengthening of the partnership between the Council of Europe
and the European Union and welcomes the enhanced political dialogue,
more sustainable joint co-operation programmes and increased legal
co-operation between the two organisations, in a spirit of shared
It urges all parties to act speedily and constructively to
conclude the negotiations and complete the ratification process
to ensure a rapid accession of the European Union to the European
Convention on Human Rights.
Finally, the report addresses a number of recommendations
to the European Union, as well as to the Committee of Ministers
of the Council of Europe and the Parliamentary Assembly’s leadership,
with a view to pursuing further the building of a common space for
human rights protection, ensuring complementarity and coherence
of standards, and the monitoring of their implementation.