PACE rapporteur Michael McNamara (Ireland, SOC) has appealed for MEPs’ help in encouraging the EU to work more closely with the Council of Europe to uphold human rights.
Mr McNamara, author of a PACE report on “European institutions and human rights in Europe”, told the European Parliament’s LIBE Committee in Brussels yesterday: “Any EU initiative concerning the promotion and protection of human rights should take into account the Council’s role as a benchmark for human rights, the rule of law and democracy in Europe.” The two organisations shared the same core values, he pointed out.
In particular, the EU should continue to scrutinise its draft legislation to ensure its compatibility with the Charter for Fundamental Rights.
Referring to the recent negative opinion of the EU Court of Justice on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights, he called on EU decision-makers to “find a way out from this difficult situation”.
Mr McNamara also reiterated PACE’s concern at the impact on social and economic rights of austerity measures imposed on certain eurozone states by the European Commission and European Central Bank.