Parliamentary Assembly session : 10 to 13 April 2006 

Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU: institutional duplication could be disadvantageous for European integration

13/04/06 - At the end of a debate on the future Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU, PACE today warned that the duplication of activities already undertaken by the Council of Europe could have “disadvantageous consequences” for European integration. “The fact of having two parallel institutions engaged in similar activities within the same geographical region would create new dividing lines in Europe (…) The apparent incoherency of creating a new EU body to duplicate work already satisfactorily undertaken elsewhere would cause confusion amongst a European public already uncertain about the process of European integration,” the adopted resolution underlines. PACE called on all EU parliaments to give “serious consideration” to the creation of such an Agency.

Written record of the joint debate

Mr Jurgens' report