In the context of the widening of the Council of Europe’s
activities, more and more treaties are open to accession by non-European
non-member States of the Council of Europe. This strategy enables
a further diffusion of the Council of Europe’s values and a better
consideration of human rights, not only among member States, but
also beyond their geographical area.
However, some Council of Europe treaties are still missing
the clause enabling non-European States to accede to them, such
as the European Landscape Convention, opened for signature in Florence
in October 2000. This led the Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage
and Landscape to submit to the Committee of Ministers a draft protocol
amending the European Landscape Convention to allow for accession
by non-European States. In turn, the Committee of Ministers has
asked for the Parliamentary Assembly’s opinion.
The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
therefore submits its observations, supporting overall the proposed
changes, which are favourable to enhanced co-operation with non-European States
in matters relating to landscape management.