По предложение на своя Президент Педро Аграмун, ПАСЕ отново подкрепи българската инициатива
sitting in Cyprus, the PACE has supported once again the Bulgarian initiative,
which was initially launched by Dr. Dzhema Grozdanova, to organize the Fourth Summit of the Council
of Europe member-states, aimed to strengthen the European unity and to reconfirm
the principles of European Co-operation.
AS/Per (2016) 09 - 25 November 2016
Declaration of Nicosia
Adopted by the Standing Committee
on 25 November 2016
Call for an inclusive
constituent process to tackle today’s challenges
momentous challenges confront today’s Europe: terrorism, migratory pressure and
refugee flows, increasing inequalities, the rise of Euro-scepticism,
nationalism, populism and xenophobia, the persistence of frozen and open
conflicts, the annexation or occupation of a neighbour’s territories, and the
re-emergence of divisions between Council of Europe member States.
situation in Europe’s neighbourhood is even more unstable and volatile, due to
political and social tensions, insecurity and ongoing wars in Syria and Libya.
At the same time, at global level, the geopolitical weight of Europe is
It is urgent
and imperative for the Council of Europe to adapt to today’s context and be
better equipped to tackle current challenges.
The Parliamentary Assembly, as stated
in its Sofia Declaration of 27 November 2015, has therefore launched a process
of reflection on the need to organise a fourth Summit of Heads of State and
Government of Council of Europemember States,
which would provide the appropriate forum for relaunching the Council of Europe’s core mission as a pan-European
Organisation offering a common legal space to 820 million Europeans promoting
our core values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
part, and in parallel with the overall reflection on the Organisation’s role
and functions, the Assembly should continue an in-depth reflection on its
identity, role and mission as a statutory organ of the Organisation and, in a
broader sense, as a European forum for inter-parliamentary dialogue which aims
at having an impact in all Council of Europe member States.
In doing so,
the Assembly should assess whether its mechanisms, tools and rules of internal
functioning are still apt to achieve the results for which they were designed
or whether they should be reviewed and updated to take account of the major
changes that are under way.
To give the
best chances of success to this process, including the preparation of a fourth
Summit, the Assembly should rely on the active participation and engagement of
all its national delegations.