The post-Lisbon reinforced partnership between the Council
of Europe and the European Union should:
aim at ensuring coherence between the pan-European project
promoted by the Council of Europe and the integration process initiated
by the European Union;
ultimately lead to a common space for human rights protection
across the continent in the interest of all people in Europe, through
the European Union’s accession to the European Convention on Human Rights
but also to other key Council of Europe conventions and monitoring
mechanisms. Duplication and monitoring fatigue will thus be avoided,
especially at a time of economic crisis.
The Council of Europe’s role as “the benchmark for human rights,
rule of law and democracy in Europe” should be further enhanced
and fully recognised by all EU institutions, including in the context
of its neighbourhood policy with countries which are members of
the Council of Europe or belong to its neighbourhood, such as those
in the Southern Mediterranean.
Concrete measures are proposed for improved co-operation between
the Parliamentary Assembly and the European Parliament. The Assembly,
as a body bringing together members of all national parliaments
of the European Union’s member states, can also contribute to the
strengthening of relations between the European Parliament and these
Finally, the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty and the
ongoing reshaping of the European architecture give fresh topicality
to the perspective of EU accession to the Council of Europe Statute.
The report thus invites both the Assembly and the Committee of Ministers
to further consider this question.