Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, officially initiates 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, as EU Integration reported.
“Jagland reported on preparations of an updated budget without Russia’s money. He noted that it might concern cessation of Russia’s membership in the organization. At the same time, the Secretary-General does not lose hope for Russia’s return to PACE and its full participation in the work of the Council of Europe,” the message says.
He did not specify the matter the possible amendments to the statute. Yet, he said that it concerned anti-Russian sanctions. Earlier, there was an idea to ban the imposition of sanctions on member stated of the assembly.
“We are preparing to the worst, we also have to try to reach the best and overcome the crisis,” he explained.
Jagland believes that the crisis might be solved by amending the statute of the organization.
“The Committee of the Minister and PACE should get together and specify the rules and distribution of power among these bodies. This might start the process of crisis solving… I really hope that both of the establishments will gather and do this together. It will be a big present forus, if it happens,” he noted.