A comprehensive humanitarian and political response to the migration and refugee crisis and the continuing flows into Europe
- Parliamentary Assembly
debate on 28 June 2017 (23rd Sitting) (see Doc. 14342, report of the Committee on Migration, Refugees and
Displaced Persons, rapporteur: Mr Duarte Marques; and Doc. 14351, opinion of the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy,
rapporteur: Ms Ioanneta Kavvadia). Text
adopted by the Assembly on 28 June 2017 (24th Sitting).
The Parliamentary Assembly refers
to Resolution 2173 (2017)
a comprehensive humanitarian and political response to the migration
and refugee crisis and the continuing flows into Europe, which calls
for increased dialogue and improved co-ordination of policies and
action at European level, and commends the activities carried out
by the Council of Europe in this area, in particular the work of
the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Migration
and Refugees and the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights.
2. The Assembly welcomes the work with local and regional authorities
of the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
and the Migrant and Refugee Fund established by the Council of Europe Development
Bank in October 2015 to help countries to support refugee programmes.
3. The Assembly, considering that the Council of Europe’s present
activities in this area would benefit from a common platform for
exchange, experience sharing and policy making among Council of
Europe member States, as well as a solid basis for directing the
Organisation’s action, calls on the Committee of Ministers to set
up, in the context of the Council of Europe 2018-2019 Programme
and Budget, a steering committee on migrants and refugees in order
to give added coherence and create greater synergies between the Organisation’s
activities in this area, while enabling agreed positions on reception,
asylum and integration to be promoted, followed up and assessed
in terms of results.