The Partnership for Democracy introduced in 2010 has reached its primary goal of establishing structured and value-based co-operation with the parliaments of neighbouring countries willing to perform a rapprochement with the Assembly on the basis of shared values, according to PACE’s Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy.
In a unanimously adopted draft resolution, based on a report by Ria Oomen-Ruijten (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the parliamentarians said: “It has contributed to the strengthening of the role of parliaments in consolidating democratic transformation and promoting stability, good governance, respect for human rights and the rule of law.”
The draft text recalls that more than ten years after the introduction of the status, “it is the right moment to take stock of experience and consider ways of improving the functioning of the partnership with a view to making it more meaningful both for the Assembly and the partners”.
The committee proposed to grant additional rights of participation to all Partner for Democracy delegations in the work of the Assembly and its committees and to make sure that the performance of the most active and committed partner delegations is duly recognised. Accordingly, the committee suggests that, on a conditional basis, some extended rights be offered to them.
Following PACE Resolution 1680 (2009), the Parliaments of Morocco, Kyrgyzstan and Jordan, as well as the Palestinian National Council, have obtained Partner for Democracy status. Parliamentarians from these delegations regularly take part in the work of the Assembly and its committees.