Parliamentary Assembly session : 31 March – 4 April 2003 

Accession of Serbia Montenegro

Serbia and Montenegro, the Council of Europe's 45th member state

On 3 April 2003, Serbia and Montenegro became the Council of Europe 45th member State. The ceremony was attended by the President of Serbia and Montenegro, Svetozvar Marovic, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Goran Svilanovic, and Speaker of Parliament, Dragoljub Micunovic. Serbia and Montenegro acceded to the Statute of the Council of Europe and signed the European Convention on Human Rights, Protocols Nos 6 and 13 concerning the abolition of the death penalty, as well as Protocols Nos 1, 4, 7 and 12. (more…)

Photos

Video record of the accession ceremony

The Council of Europe welcomes Serbia and Montenegro


On the occasion of the accession of Serbia and Montenegro, the Council of Europe Secretary General, the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers and the President of the parliamentary Assembly today praised this historic event as an opportunity for the country to build a new future in the midst of Europe. (more…)

Speeches

Walter Schwimmer

Joseph Borg

Peter Schieder

Dragoljub Micunovic: ''This is an important day for Serbia and Montenegro, but also for the entire Europe''


Speaking before the Assembly on the occasion of his country's accession to the Council of Europe, President of Serbia and Montenegro's Parliament Dragoljub Micunovic stressed: ''We are finally here, in a place where we belong – in the family of European democracies''. (more…)

Address by Dragoljub Micunovic

Video record of the speech

Information documents

Programme of the accession ceremony

Serbia and Montenegro and the Council of Europe

Committee of Ministers – Resolution (2003)3 Invitation to Serbia and Montenegro to become a member of the Council of Europe

Assembly opinion on the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's application for membership of the Council of Europe (24 September 2002)

Assembly President's letter to the President of the Serbia and Montenegro Parliament (19 March 2003)

Press Releases

03.04.2003 - Signatures and ratifications at the Council of Europe - Week from 31 March to 4 April 2003

03.04.2003 - Council of Europe welcomes Serbia and Montenegro

28.03.2003 - Council of Europe Secretary General rejects plans to bring back the death penalty in Serbia

26.03.2003 - Council of Europe: green light to the accession of Serbia and Montenegro

26.03.2003 - Council of Europe leaders welcome decision to approve the accession of Serbia and Montenegro

26.03.2003 - Council of Europe : green light to the accession of Serbia and Montenegro

26.03.2003 - Council of Europe leaders condemn Djindjic murder (12 March 2003)

13.03.2003 - Peter Schieder in favour of accession of Serbia and Montenegro at Parliamentary Assembly spring session (13 March 2003)