30 June 2005
Compliance of Observer Countries with the values of the Council of Europe
Motion for a resolution
presented by Mr Margelov and others
This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it
The Council of Europe is one of the oldest and most respected organisations in the world.
The goals of the Council of Europe are to protect and promote humanitarian values, human rights, rule of law, pluralistic democracy and unity of nations.
In general, most member states introduce such values successfully.
Recent events clearly indicate that more and more nations in the world are setting the values of the Council of Europe as their priority goals.
Today, it’s high time we asked a question whether the Observer States of the Council of Europe and its Parliamentary Assembly meet the high standards of the Organisation.
How do the people of those countries benefit from being represented as the observers in the bodies of the Council of Europe?
Are their laws, legal practice and traditions consistent with the high standards of the Council of Europe and how have they evolved during the last decades under the influence of the Organisation?
We need to understand what the governments and legislators of these countries must do to further promote such values in their countries.
In this connection, we propose to draft a relevant report.
Signed (see overleaf)
MARGELOV, Mikhail, Russia, EDG
de PUIG, Lluís Maria, Spain, SOC
EINARSSON, Mats, Sweden, UEL
HANCOCK, Michael, United Kingdom, ALDE
KOROBEYNIKOV, Anatoliy, Russia, SOC
KOSACHEV, Konstantin, Russia, EDG
RAKHANSKY, Anatoliy, Ukraine, UEL
RIGONI, Andrea, Italy, EPP/CD
TEVDORADZE, Elene, Georgia, ALDE
Van den BRANDE, Luc, Belgium, EPP/CD
1 SOC: Socialist Group
EPP/CD: Group of the European People’s Party
ALDE: Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
EDG: European Democratic Group
UEL: Group of the Unified European Left
NR: not registered in a group