PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy

Terms of Reference:

Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy

1. The committee shall consider the general policy of the Council of Europe and all political matters which fall within the competence of the Organisation. It shall report on urgent political situations and crises in Council of Europe member states.

2. The committee shall in particular consider:

2.1. requests for membership of the Council of Europe;

2.2. requests for granting observer status with the Council of Europe and with the Parliamentary Assembly, subject to the provisions of Rule 59 of the Assembly’s Rules of Procedure;

2.3. requests for special guest status with the Parliamentary Assembly, in accordance with Rule 58.3 of the Rules of Procedure;

2.4. requests for partner for democracy status with the Parliamentary Assembly, in accordance with Rule 60.7 of the Rules of Procedure;

2.5. questions relating to the state of democracy and the functioning and development of democratic institutions in Europe, as well as in the observer states and in the states whose parliaments enjoy observer or partner for democracy status;

2.6. major political challenges to modern society;

2.7. issues related to democratic stability in Europe;

2.8. issues related to deep/soft security in Europe;

2.9. the prevention and settlement of crises and conflicts in, between, or having an impact on, member and observer states, as well as non-member states whose parliaments enjoy, or seek to acquire, observer or partner for democracy status.

3. The committee shall prepare reports on the activities of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). For the preparation of the reports and the debates in the Assembly, the committee maintains relations with the OECD and the EBRD, and with parliaments of non-member states participating in these debates.

4. The committee shall consider the situation in states which are not members of the Council of Europe in the light of the fundamental values upheld by the Council of Europe, make proposals and, subject to approval by the Bureau, take political action to promote these values.

5. The committee may propose to the Bureau the conclusion of co-operation agreements, or other ways of stepping up co-operation, with parliaments of non-member states and international interparliamentary institutions.

6. The committee shall share the Assembly representation in the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) and in the Council for Democratic Elections of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission).

  

UK members of the Committee:

Full members Alternate members
Rt Hon Lord Blencathra Lord Foulkes
Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP
Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP Kelly Tollhurst MP
Rt Hon Dame Rosie Winterton MP Phil Wilson MP
Ian Liddell-Grainger MP (ex-officio)

 Sub-Committees: 

The Middle East and the Arab World

Full members

Alternate members

Rt Hon Alex Salmond MP Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP
Phil Wilson MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP

 External Relations

Full member Alternate member
Rt Hon Lord Blencathra Phil Wilson MP

Relations with the OECD and EBRD

Full member Alternate member
Kelly Tolhurst MP

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PACE Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy