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Parliamentary scrutiny of international institutions

Recommendation 1567 (2002)

Parliamentary Assembly
Assembly debate on 25 June 2002 (19th Sitting) (see Doc. 9484, report of the Political Affairs Committee, rapporteur: Mr Toshev; and Doc. 9485, opinion of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development, rapporteur: Mrs Zapfl-Helbling). Text adopted by the Assembly on 25 June 2002 (19th Sitting).

1. The Assembly refers to its Resolution 1289 (2002) on parliamentary scrutiny of international institutions and, as regards the Council of Europe, it contends that the effectiveness of its work depends to a great extent on effective co-operation between its two statutory bodies, the Parliamentary Assembly and the Committee of Ministers.

2. In order to improve this co-operation, the Assembly recommends that the Committee of Ministers:

  • allow for greater involvement of the Parliamentary Assembly in the budgetary process, especially as regards determining the ceiling of the Council of Europe’s overall budget;
  • establish a co-decision-making process for the adoption of draft treaties;
  • introduce the practice of the official participation of the President of the Assembly in meetings of the Committee of Ministers;
  • reinforce monitoring procedures, including by the use of comparative methods;
  • improve the transparency of the implementation of Assembly recommendations.