Strasbourg, 26.03.2003 - The Committee of Ministers today decided to invite Serbia and Montenegro to join the Council of Europe as its 45th member.
The accession ceremony is due to take place in Strasbourg on Thursday 3 April during the Parliamentary Assembly's session (31 March - 4 April 2003).
This decision, subsequent to an exchange of views with Goran Svilanovic, Foreign Minister of Serbia and Montenegro, follows the favourable opinion adopted by the Assembly on 24 September 2002.
In order to assist the country in fulfilling its commitments, a post-accession cooperation programme and a monitoring procedure have been set up by the Committee of Ministers.
Serbia and Montenegro (then Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) applied for membership on 8 November 2000.