Cezar Preda: The progress of the Assembly’s monitoring procedure (September 2015-December 2016) and the periodic review of the honouring of obligations by Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany

The Monitoring Committee has carried out an intensive work over the years. Democracy, rule of law and respect of human rights are still work in progress. A lot of progress has been achieved by the member States of the Council of Europe that are monitored by the Assembly for their honouring of membership obligations, and we need to pay tribute to the efforts of all parties, which are clearly and objectively described in the report.
I especially welcome the periodic review of the honouring of the membership obligations to the Council of Europe by countries that are not subject to a monitoring procedure sensu stricto, or engaged in a post-monitoring dialogue with the Assembly: several countries – Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France and Germany – have implemented a number of reforms to combat corruption by strengthening the legal framework and adopting legislative measures. I also welcome the progress made and the efforts of France and Germany to combat racism, intolerance and extremism. In the context of fighting terrorism, I encourage the authorities of all member States to find effective measures in order to have a better protection of fundamental rights.
Positive developments and progress made during the reporting period in a number of countries under a monitoring procedure or engaged in a post-monitoring dialogue have been observed. I welcome the progress made by Albania, Armenia, Serbia, Ukraine and Bulgaria in reforming the judiciary; the acceleration of the reform process to fulfil the requirements of the European Union Association Agreement Roadmap by Republic of Moldova; the release of some human rights defenders, political activists, journalists and bloggers by Azerbaijan.
I regret that the Russian Parliament will not submit credentials of the new delegation to the Assembly during the January part-session, but I stress the importance to continue dialogue with Russian MPs. Regarding the functioning of democratic institution in Turkey I call on the authorities to ensure that the investigations into the failed coup d’état will take place in full respect of the principles of the rule of law and the requirements of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case law of the Court.
There is a lot of work to do to strengthen human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Europe.

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