AIV 40 engels

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AIV 40 engels

III Conclusions and recommendations1. The PA is the oldest international pluralistic parliamentary assembly established onthe basis of an intergovernmental treaty. It is the driving force behind many of theCouncil’s activities in the field of setting and monitoring compliance with norms.Because the PA has the authority to give its opinion and make recommendationsconcerning all aspects of the Council of Europe’s mandate, it plays an important rolewithin the organisation. The AIV wishes to highlight this role and presents the recommendationsbelow, aimed at strengthening it. It does so somewhat reluctantly, however,because it does not actually consider it appropriate to give its opinion on howthe PA performs its tasks in an advisory report addressed to the government.2. The AIV notes that, over the years, the PA has held its own in the debate on standard-settingand compliance with agreed norms. The PA has frequently performedgood work in this area and also regularly makes its voice heard more effectivelythan, for example, the Committee of Ministers. However, it is essential for the PA toconstantly check to what extent its conclusions are being taken seriously and, wherenecessary, to press for follow-up measures.3. It is also useful and necessary for the PA to reflect on its own functioning on a regularbasis, to focus on core tasks and not to contribute to the proliferation of theCouncil of Europe’s activities outside its core mandate. The limited time available forplenary meetings, the sheer range of views and interests and the nature of parliamentsas such call for a certain degree of realism regarding the PA’s abilities in thisregard, but its members should be prevented from allowing the Council’s range oftasks to continue expanding. The debate within the PA and the decisions that thisproduces should always contribute to the implementation of the core tasks. The AIVtherefore believes that it is primarily up to the PA as a whole, but also the individualmembers and political groups within the PA, to remain constantly aware of the positiveopportunities to contribute to the implementation of the Council of Europe’s coremandate as well as the risk of the further proliferation of its activities. In addition tothe Committee of Ministers and the secretariat, the PA has its own role to play here.4. The AIV recommends that the PA take a restrained approach to legislation that goesbeyond the core mandate formulated by the AIV. It is fair to say that one could questionthe appropriateness of an estimated 20 to 30 per cent of the more than 100parliamentary recommendations and resolutions adopted in 2004. In this context,the AIV repeats its earlier recommendation to the PA to take another critical look atits current list of treaties and, in addition, to exercise restraint with regard to theadoption of new ones. The AIV also advises the PA to take another critical look at itsvarious permanent and ad hoc committees, some of which appear to contribute littleto the implementation of the Council’s core tasks. In this context, the AIV assumesthat it will be possible to transfer any tasks that are related to the Council’s coremandate from the non-relevant committees or subcommittees to others. Finally,before any decision is adopted, a detailed projection of the expected financial implicationsshould always be prepared. As a result, decision-making will once again berealistic and the potential influence of personal preoccupations and casual interestswill be further reduced.19

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