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Urgent need for constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Recommendation 1914 (2010)

Parliamentary Assembly
Assembly debate on 29 April 2010 (16th Sitting) (see Doc. 12222, report of the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee), co-rapporteurs: Mr Sasi and Ms Woldseth). Text adopted by the Assembly on 29 April 2010 (16th Sitting).

The Parliamentary Assembly refers to its Resolution 1725 (2010) on the urgent need for a constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and recommends that the Committee of Ministers:

1 take this resolution into account in its own periodic reporting procedure conducted by the Group of Rapporteurs on Democracy (GR-DEM);
2 provide full political support to the institutionalised process for the preparation of constitutional amendments, which the authorities are asked to launch without further delay. This process should bring together domestic legal experts and aim at analysing the various existing proposals of amendments and at elaborating a comprehensive package of constitutional amendments necessary to complete Bosnia and Herzegovina’s outstanding commitments;
3 develop a targeted co-operation programme, with the involvement of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and in co-operation with key international partners, so as to provide essential European expertise and expert advice to the domestic legal experts, whenever necessary;
4 ensure that the Council of Europe is represented at the appropriate level at the European Union- Western Balkans Summit, to be held on 2 June 2010.