The proposal to set up a new complementary procedure between the two statutory organs in response to the lack of compliance by a member State with its statutory obligations was endorsed by both the Parliamentary Assembly, in its Resolution 2277 (2019) and Recommendation 2153 (2019) on the Role and mission of the Parliamentary Assembly: main challenges for the future, adopted in April 2019, on the basis of a report by its Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy, and by the Committee of Ministers, at its Ministerial Session in Helsinki on 17 May 2019.
Since May 2019, the two statutory organs have pursued dialogue on the new complementary procedure in various formats. Discussions are ongoing within each statutory organ in parallel as regards the modalities of the new procedure, including those which concern its own internal functioning. At Assembly level, a meeting between the chairpersons of national delegations with the Presidential Committee was organised during the October part-session and written comments were requested by the end of October. The Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy has discussed this issue in the context of the follow-up to Resolution 2277 (2019) in each of its subsequent meetings.
It is therefore necessary that all various consultations feed into a report to be prepared, in the context of the follow-up to Resolution 2277 (2019), with a view to an Assembly debate possibly in January 2020 to allow all national delegations and Assembly members to discuss, in an open and transparent manner, the modalities of the new complementary procedure. If need be, any political decisions taken by the Assembly in this debate will be translated into its Rules of Procedure on the basis of a separate report to be debated in due course.