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Europe must do its utmost to preserve stability in Tunisia

The PACE’s Standing Committee, meeting in Prague, today called on member States and the EU to help Tunisia deal with the economic and security challenges currently facing it. “Europe should do its utmost to prevent Tunisia from becoming destabilised,” declared parliamentarians, adding that a “deterioration in the situation in Tunisia would have immediate repercussions for the European continent in terms of both migration and security”.

In adopting a resolution, based on the report by George Loucaides (Cyprus, UEL), the Standing Committee underlined that of all the countries which experienced the “Arab Spring”, Tunisia was “the only one to have had a positive outcome”, with, in particular, the adoption of the Constitution of 27 January 2014 and the introduction of “a political system with institutionalised checks and balances”. It also welcomed the justice system reforms which “contribute to the establishment of the rule of law”, the anti-discrimination reforms and the Ministry of Justice’s efforts to fight corruption.

Emphasising the need to take the national reconciliation process to its conclusion, the parliamentarians noted that it was important that this reconciliation did not take place at the expense of justice and did not give rise to a sense of impunity. In addition, they invited the Tunisian authorities to maintain the moratorium on the death penalty which Tunisia had respected since 1991, and to undertake that this moratorium would not be called into question.

Lastly, the Assembly recommended that the Committee of Ministers increase the requests for voluntary contributions, so as to reinforce programmes planned in the context of the post 2017 co-operation – relating to the promotion of women’s rights, the defence of children’s rights, freedom of expression and freedom of the press and decentralisation.