The President of the Conference of INGOs, Anna Rurka, has sent a letter to the President and the Members of the Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to congratulate them on the steps taken to propose an additional mechanism of protection against corruption but also to remind them that the allegations regarding the conduct of some PACE members are still unresolved. She emphasised that it is crucial for the credibility of the Council of Europe as a whole that these allegations are investigated and that the Conference of INGOs expects that PACE will make responsible decisions in consequence of the facts proved by independent and external bodies.
Call for further interaction between PACE and Civil Society
In view of the proposed regulations in the interaction between PACE Members and civil society representatives proposed by the leader of European People's Party (EPP/CD), Anna Rurka reminded PACE that the participatory status granted to INGOs by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe gives them certain rights and commits them to interact with the different departments and institutions of the Council of Europe. She noted that any additional measures aiming to control the interaction between these INGOs and PACE members are not acceptable or necessary and would bring the accreditation process with the Council of Europe into doubt. Instead she proposed to strengthen the interactions between the Conference of INGOs and PACE to inform PACE about the work, concerns and proposals of the Conference of INGOs. She also suggested annual exchanges of views between the President of the Conference of INGOs and the Parliamentary Assembly at the plenary meetings of the Conference, in order to create new opportunities for dialogue and collaboration.