Political Affairs Committee backs proposal for fourth Council of Europe Summit

The Political Affairs Committee today backed a proposal for a fourth Council of Europe Summit. On the basis of a memorandum prepared by Michele Nicoletti (Italy, SOC), it stressed that such a Summit should primarily aim at re-launching the Council of Europe's core mission: as a pan-European organisation, offering a common legal space to 820 million Europeans and thus capable of promoting democratic security throughout the continent.

"We must make sure to avoid a paternalistic approach and treat all member States of the Organisation equally and with mutual respect, whether they are small or large, whether they are old members or have joined more recently. At the same time, it is important to focus on what unites us rather than divides us," Mr Nicoletti said.

The committee agreed that in a Europe which has profoundly changed since the last Summit, held in Warsaw in 2005, and when the whole world seems to be changing, a Summit would offer a unique opportunity for member States to reaffirm, at the highest political level, their commitment to the common values and principles of democracy, the rule of law and human rights upheld by the Organisation, as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights.

Michele Nicoletti is due to present his report “Call for a Council of Europe Summit to defend and promote democratic security in Europe” at the PACE plenary session in October 2017.