Appendix – Code of conduct for members
of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
Purpose of the code of conduct
1. The purpose of this code is
to provide a framework of reference for members of the Parliamentary Assembly
of the Council of Europe in the discharge of their duties. It outlines
general principles of behaviour which the Assembly expects of its
members. By adhering to these standards members can maintain and strengthen
the openness and accountability necessary for trust and confidence
in the Parliamentary Assembly.
Scope of the code of conduct
2. This code applies to members
in all aspects of their public life relevant to their duties as
members of the Parliamentary Assembly.
3. Its provisions complement the obligations on members of the
Parliamentary Assembly to abide by the rules of conduct, as well
as resolutions of the Assembly and decisions of the President relating
to members’ conduct and discipline.
4. The application of this code shall be a matter for the Assembly.
Guidance on all matters covered by this code of conduct and situations
which may arise from its application may be sought from the Secretary
General of the Parliamentary Assembly.
General principles of behaviour
While performing their mandate
as members of the Parliamentary Assembly, members shall:
5.1 carry out their duties responsibly
with integrity and honesty;
5.2 take decisions solely in the public interest, without
being bound by any instructions that would jeopardise members’ ability
to respect the present code;
5.3 not act in such a way as to bring the Assembly into disrepute
or tarnish the Assembly’s image;
5.4 use the resources available to them responsibly;
5.5 not use their public office for their, or anyone else’s,
5.6 declare any relevant interests relating to their public
functions and take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way
that protects the public interest;
5.7 promote and support these principles by leadership and
5.8 undertake to comply with the Rules of conduct hereafter.
6. These principles will be taken into consideration when any
complaint is received of breaches of this code of conduct.
Rules of conduct
7. Members shall respect the values
of the Council of Europe and the general principles of behaviour
of the Assembly and not take any action which would cause damage
to the reputation and integrity of the Assembly or its members.
8. Members shall avoid conflicts between any actual or potential
economic, commercial, financial or other interests on a professional,
personal or family level on the one hand, and the public interest
in the work of the Assembly on the other, by resolving any conflict
in favour of public interest; if the member is unable to avoid such
a conflict of interests, it shall be disclosed.
9. Members shall draw attention to any relevant interest by an
oral declaration in any proceedings of the Assembly or its committees,
or in any relevant communications.
10. No member shall act as a paid advocate in any work of the
11. Members shall not request or accept any fee, compensation
or reward intended to affect their conduct as members, particularly
in their decision to support or oppose any motion, report, amendment,
written declaration, recommendation, resolution or opinion. Members
shall avoid any situation that could appear to be a conflict of
interests or accept an inappropriate payment or gift.
12. Members shall not use their position as a member of the Parliamentary
Assembly to further their own or another person’s or entity’s interests
in a manner incompatible with this code of conduct.
13. Members shall use information with discretion, and in particular
shall not make personal use of information acquired confidentially
in the course of their duties.
14. Members shall register with the Secretariat of the Assembly
any gifts or similar benefits (such as travel expenses, accommodation,
subsistence, meals or entertainment expenses) of a value in excess
of €200 that they accept in the performance of their duties as Assembly
15. Members shall ensure that their use of expense claims, allowances,
facilities and services provided by the Council of Europe is strictly
in accordance with the relevant regulations laid down on these matters.
16. Former members of the Parliamentary Assembly involved in representing
and fostering another person’s or entity’s interests in the Parliamentary
Assembly shall not, throughout the period of such activity, benefit
from the prerogatives of the honorary associates or the Honorary
President of the Parliamentary Assembly as far as the distribution
of documents and the access to the buildings and meeting rooms are
Observance of the code of conduct
17. If a member is believed to have
acted in breach of the code of conduct, the President of the Assembly may
seek clarification and further information from the member concerned,
the chairperson of the member’s national delegation, the chairperson
of the member’s political group or the chairperson of the member’s committee.
18. If necessary, the President of the Assembly may seize the
Committee on Rules of Procedure, Immunities and Institutional Affairs
to examine the circumstances of the alleged breach and make a recommendation
as to a possible decision to be taken by the President.
19. Should the President of the Assembly decide that the member
failed to comply with the code of conduct, he or she may prepare
a reasoned statement to be read out in the Assembly if need be.
20. Members shall co-operate, at all stages, with any investigation
into their conduct by or under the authority of the Assembly.