The report recalls the commitment of the Parliamentary Assembly
to a politically relevant and effective Council of Europe. The Assembly
had already welcomed the intention of the Secretary General to reform
the Organisation in order to make it more political, more flexible
and more geared to the needs of European citizens. This report indicates
a number of lines along which these aims should be pursued.
As the second phase of the reform, which is being prepared
now, should cover strategic aims for the forthcoming decade, the
report stresses that the Assembly should be fully informed and consulted
on the political decisions to be taken. The Council of Europe must
remain the privileged framework for political co-operation in a
greater Europe in dealing with problems which threaten the cohesion
and stability of society.
While supporting the goal of making the Council of Europe
a more efficient instrument capable of providing practical answers
to member states, the report expresses concern at the decline in
member states’ commitment to the Organisation. It suggests holding
a Council of Europe summit in order to give it fresh political impetus,
make member states more responsible towards the Organisation and,
if need be, redefine its role.