The Copenhagen Declaration, which deals with the reform of
the system of the European Convention on Human Rights, was adopted
at a ministerial conference organised by the Danish chairmanship
of the Committee of Ministers on 12 and 13 April 2018.
The Declaration is to be welcomed for its reaffirmation of
the States Parties' commitment to the Convention and their recognition
of its contribution to democracy, human rights and the rule of law
in Europe. It also correctly describes ineffective national implementation
of the Convention and the caseload of the European Court of Human
Rights as the system's main problems.
Certain aspects of the Declaration are, however, problematic.
It fails to propose concrete solutions to the system's problems
and contains ideas about dialogue that may be incompatible with
the Court's independence.
The Parliamentary Assembly should continue to play a principled
role in promoting effective implementation of the Convention.