In its annual progress report, the Monitoring Committee takes stock of its activities since January 2020 and assesses the progress made by the 11 countries under the Assembly’s full monitoring procedure, and by the 3 countries engaged in a post monitoring dialogue, in honouring their obligations and commitments to the Council of Europe. It welcomes progress made and expresses concerns at setbacks and addresses specific recommendations to the countries concerned.
In this reporting period, the committee prepared reports on “The functioning of democratic institutions in Poland” on the basis of which the Assembly opened a monitoring procedure with respect of this country; on the “Challenge, on substantive grounds, of the still unratified credentials of the parliamentary delegation of the Russian Federation”; and on the “New crackdown on political opposition and civil dissenting Turkey: urgent need to safeguard Council of Europe standards, under urgent procedure”. The committee also initiated a current affairs debate on military hostilities in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Moreover, the committee launched its work on the periodic review reports in a new format approved by the Assembly and selected according to the new procedure.
Prepared by the chairperson of the committee and adopted by the committee on 13 November 2020