In view of some recent trends in the foreign policy of Council
of Europe member States, the Committee on Political Affairs and
Democracy encourages them to fully integrate the systematic and
structural promotion of democracy and human rights into any foreign
policy strategy, be it at the national, European or international level.
It also suggests ways to reduce inconsistency in the pursuit of
a human rights-based foreign policy and to minimise the danger of
resorting to military force to protect democracy and human rights.
The committee also welcomes the recent progress which has
been made on the implementation of a Council of Europe policy towards
neighbouring regions. It deems it essential that the promotion of
democracy and human rights occupies an important place in the multilateral
and bilateral relations of the Organisation’s member States so as
to ensure greater coherence with their action inside and outside
the Council of Europe area.
Finally, the committee welcomes the recent adoption of a European
Union Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy,
which represents an opportunity to improve significantly the effectiveness
of international efforts to promote and protect human rights worldwide
and to ensure greater co-ordination and consistency in the European
Union (EU) area. It encourages the European Union, inter alia, to make better use of
the Council of Europe’s expertise in the field of democracy, human
rights and the rule of law also in the EU common foreign policy