According to PACE, the Partnership for Democracy, launched in 2010, has achieved its primary goal of establishing structured and value-based co-operation with the neighbouring countries’ parliaments willing to perform a rapprochement with the Assembly on the basis of shared values.
PACE recalled 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”.
Approving a resolution today, based on a report by Ria Oomen-Ruijten (Netherlands, EPP/CD), the Assembly underlined that the partnership 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 Assembly also 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.”
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.