PACE President announces closer co-operation with the European Commission

Strasbourg, 09.11.2012 – PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon and the EU’s Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, meeting yesterday in Brussels, have agreed a series of steps to deepen co-operation and enhance co-ordination between PACE and the European Commission.

They agreed to meet much more regularly – every two months, beginning in December – to discuss current issues, and Mr Füle has accepted an invitation to address the Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg as soon as possible.

Mr Mignon pointed out that the countries concerned by the EU’s enlargement or neighbourhood policies were also members of the Council of Europe or held status with the Council’s various bodies, such as the Venice Commission, GRECO, GRETA and the Anti-Torture Committee. “The work of the Assembly, in particular its monitoring reports, as well as that of other Council of Europe monitoring bodies, can be of great use to the EU,” he said.

The two men also discussed co-operation on specific current issues, such as the situation in Ukraine, the situation in the Balkans and Kosovo* and frozen conflicts, notably settlement of the conflict in Transnistria.

* All reference to Kosovo in this text, whether to the territory, institutions or population, shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.