Euro-Mediterranean region: call for a Council of Europe strategy
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 30 April 2010 (18th Sitting) (see Doc. 12108, report
of the Political Affairs Committee, rapporteur: Mr Badré; Doc. 12135, opinion
of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Development, rapporteur: Mr Kumcuoğlu;
and Doc. 12139,
opinion of the Committee on the Environment, Agriculture and Local
and Regional Affairs, rapporteur: Mrs Papadimitriou). Text
adopted by the Assembly on 30 April 2010 (18th Sitting).
The Parliamentary Assembly refers
to its Resolution 1731
on the Euro-Mediterranean region: call for a Council
of Europe strategy.
2 It reiterates how much importance it attaches to enhancing
co-operation and exchanges with Mediterranean countries in order
to promote the principles and values of democracy, human rights
and the rule of law, and hence to contribute to peace, security
and stability in the region.
3 It notes that the European Union and all its member states,
together with six other member states of the Council of Europe (Albania,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Monaco, Montenegro and Turkey),
are members of the Union for the Mediterranean, which was set up
in July 2008 to build with the partner countries on the southern
shore of the Mediterranean a future of peace, democracy, sustainable
development and prosperity based on human, social and cultural understanding.
4 It considers that the Council of Europe can make a significant
contribution to the process of Euro-Mediterranean partnership in
its fields of competence.
5 It therefore recommends that the Committee of Ministers consider,
together with the European Union, which is the Council of Europe’s
natural partner, the possibility and the practicalities of making
such a contribution.
It also recommends that the Committee of Ministers consider:
6.1 inviting the European Union
to join the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity
6.2 promoting, in its contacts with the states of the Mediterranean
Basin, their accession to the legal instruments of the Council of
6.3 the possibility of opening up certain Council of Europe
conventions, particularly the European Cultural Convention (ETS
No. 18), for signature by non-member states of the Council of Europe;
6.4 the opportunity to invite the states of the Mediterranean
Basin to participate in certain activities of the Council of Europe
which could present a common interest.