Over 30 Foreign Ministers out of 47 countries made a decision, which states the right of all states-members for the participation in the PACE session on equal terms as the Council of Europe reported.
“The Ministers underlined the need for co-ordinated action, in order to strengthen the Organisation’s ability to react more effectively in situations where a member state violates its statutory obligations or does not respect the standards, fundamental principles and values upheld by the Council of Europe. In this spirit, a clearly defined complementary procedure, which could be initiated by either the Parliamentary Assembly, the Committee of Ministers or the Secretary General, and in which all three of them would participate, should be developed,” the message said.
The decision states that all state-members should possess a right to participate in the work of the Ministers Committee and PACE on equal terms.
“The ministers would welcome that delegations of all member states be able to take part in the next June part-session of the Parliamentary Assembly, considering the importance of the elections of the Secretary General and of judges to the European Court of Human Rights,” the message noted.
Besides, the Committee’s decision emphasized that one of the key commitments of the state-members is the payment of the obligatory contributions to the budget of the organizations.
Moreover, the ministers stated about the necessity of more effective defense and development of the civilian society by the extension of the participation of the civilian society’s organization and the national human rights establishments in the work of the Council of Europe and enhancing of the defense of the human rights activists.
In January 2019, Secretary-Generally of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland officially initiated work on amending the statue of the organization to solve the crisis with Russia’s participation in the Council of Europe and Russian non-payments.
On October 9, 2018, the members of the PACE voted for keeping the current limitations against the Russian delegation in the Assembly.
Committee on Rules of Procedure of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has supported the amendments of Ukraine to the draft resolution on the rules on the sanctions against the PACE delegations, which make the return of Russia impossible.
20 member countries of the PACE signed the declaration against Russia’s return to the Assembly’s line-up.
Russian delegation to PACE left the Assembly's line-up after it faced numerous restrictions - due to the Kremlin's military aggression in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in February 2014.