The Eastern Partnership of the European Union aims to build
a comprehensive relationship between the European Union and five
member States of the Council of Europe – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia,
the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – as well as Belarus, on the
basis of mutual interests and joint commitments to the fundamental
values of democracy, the rule of law, human rights and fundamental
freedoms. These are the core values to which all Council of Europe
member States, including the five countries participating in the Partnership,
have committed themselves upon their accession to the Organisation.
Although the Council of Europe actively contributes to the
implementation of the Partnership, its role is not appropriately
reflected in the basic political documents and in public statements
on the Partnership. The report therefore calls on all the stakeholders
of the Eastern Partnership to make the Council of Europe’s standard-setting,
advisory and monitoring role – including the findings of the Council
of Europe monitoring mechanisms and the monitoring procedure of
the Parliamentary Assembly – and its contribution to this process,
more visible and duly acknowledged.
The report also expresses disappointment that, despite numerous
initiatives, the Assembly has not so far been associated with the
work of Euronest, the parliamentary structure of the Eastern Partnership.
It insists on the need to seek synergies and complementarity at
the parliamentary level and avoid overlaps and conflicting messages.