Political Affairs and Democracy


Tiny Kox: ‘EU accession to the Convention is at the forefront of the Assembly’s political dialogue with Brussels’

Tiny Kox (Netherlands, UEL) met with the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker, to discuss relations between the Assembly and the European Union in the context of the preparation of his report. More

Jacques Maire: “Intensifying the parliamentary dialogue with Algeria is needed more than ever”

"The Council of Europe has extensive experience in supporting democratic transitions and political reforms in Europe as well as in neighbouring regions", the Parliamentary Assembly rapporteur underlines. More

Strengthening co-operation with the UN in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

“As human rights are increasingly being challenged, it is essential that the United Nations may rely on values-based partners such as the Council of Europe”, the Political Committee said. More

The creation of a Constitutional Committee is indispensable for the political transition towards peace and stability in Syria

The committee urged the international community "to unite and engage in serious efforts” to reach a common agreement in setting up a Constitutional Committee, as a necessary mechanism of transition towards peace and stability. More

Is the EBRD’s model of promoting democracy through investment having any effect?

The committee has queried whether the work since 1991 of the EBRD to develop market economies in transition countries has helped to promote democracy, which is also one of the stated aims of the bank. More

New guidelines for fair referendums

Political Affairs Committee unanimously adopted a draft resolution aimed at updating the Venice Commission’s Code of Good Practice on Referendums, following, in particular, the increasing use of referendums. More