Challenge of credentials of national delegations in the course of an ordinary session
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 22 April 1996 (9th Sitting) (see Doc. 7481, report
of the Committee on Rules of Procedure, rapporteurs: Mr Cummings
and Sir Anthony Durant). Text adopted by the Assembly on
22 April 1996 (9th Sitting).
1. The Assembly notes that its Rules
of Procedure do not provide explicitly for the re-examination of
ratified credentials of a national delegation in the course of the
ordinary session (parliamentary year).
2. It considers that it should be able to challenge ratified
credentials when urgent action is deemed necessary.
3. The Assembly therefore decides to insert in Rule 6, after
paragraph 6, the following new paragraphs:
“7. Ratified credentials may be reconsidered in the course
of the same ordinary session if a motion for a resolution has been
tabled with a view to annulling the ratification. Such a motion
must state the reasons and shall be based:
- on a serious violation of the basic principles of the
Council of Europe mentioned in Article 3 and the preamble of the
- on paragraph 9 of Order No. 508 (1995).Note
The motion must be tabled by at least two political groups
and two national delegations and be distributed at least two weeks
before the opening of a part-session.
8. The motion shall be referred to the Political Affairs Committee
for report and to the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights
and the Committee on Rules of Procedure for opinion. The report
including a draft text shall be submitted to the Assembly or the
Standing Committee, if necessary under urgent procedure.
9. The draft text shall, if appropriate, justify annulling
the ratification of credentials of a delegation and submit proposals
with respect to the consequences such as:
- depriving the members of the delegation concerned of tabling
official documents in the sense of Rule 23 of the Rules of Procedure,
taking on duties and voting in the Assembly and its bodies, while
maintaining those members' rights to attend and to speak at Assembly
part-sessions and meetings of its bodies; or
- depriving the members of the delegation concerned of the
exercise of the full rights of participation in the activities of
the Assembly and its bodies.
10. Members of the delegation concerned shall not vote on
any request to annul the Assembly's ratification of their credentials.”