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Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee)

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The Assembly's monitoring helps Council of Europe member States to fulfil their promises to uphold the highest democratic and human rights standards. The procedure works in four ways.
Full monitoring procedure: this involves regular visits by a pair of rapporteurs, who conduct an ongoing dialogue with authorities, and occasional plenary debates to ensure that a state's progress and problems are honestly assessed. This currently applies to eleven states (Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine).
Post-monitoring dialogue: states that have made progress may pass on to this stage, a less intensive procedure involving a limited number of remaining issues. This currently applies to three states (Bulgaria, Montenegro and North Macedonia).
Periodic reviews: the committee is charged with preparing regular periodic reviews on all Council of Europe member States not under a full monitoring procedure or engaged in a post-monitoring dialogue. The order and frequency of these reports are decided upon by the committee in accordance with its internal working methods, based on substantive grounds, with the objective of producing, over time, periodic review reports on all member States. The Committee has published 16 periodic review reports since 2015 and is currently preparing periodic review reports on three States (Hungary, Malta and Romania).
Specific report on the Functioning of Democratic Institutions: finally, the committee can prepare a report on the functioning of democratic institutions in any member state when particular developments warrant.

Click here for an overview of the work of the committee.

In January 2020, Michael Aastrup Jensen (Denmark, ALDE) was elected as Chairperson of the Committee.