Policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions

At its Istanbul session in May 2011, the Committe Ministers endorsed the Secretary General’s proposal to open up towards countries in North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia which request Council of Europe assistance, based on the common values of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

The new Policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions sets the following objectives:

to facilitate democratic political transition;

to help to promote good governance; and

to reinforce and enlarge Council of Europe regional action in combating trans-border and global threats.

It is based on 2 pillars:

- Neighbourhood Co-operation Dialogue as a means of political dialogue at the highest level. It is a two-way exchange of views on issues of common interest, presentation of the objectives and modalities of the Council of Europe’s Policy towards neighbouring regions and, where applicable, identification of priority areas for bilateral co-operation. It has, so far, involved the authorities of Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian National Authority, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Within the Secretariat, the Directorate of External Relations (DER) has the primary responsibility for the Neighbourhood Co-operation Dialogue.

- Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities, which reflect a formal agreement on specific priorities, have been concluded with Morocco, Tunisia and Jordan and should soon be finalised with Kazakhstan.

Within the Secretariat, the Office of the Director General of Programmes (ODG PROG) has the primary responsibility for the Neighbourhood Co-operation Priorities

Documents

Accession of countries from Council of Europe Neighbouring Regions to Treaties of the Organisation: State of Play (DER/Inf(2014)1)

Report on the implementation of the Council of Europe policy towards neighbouring regions (CM(2014)50), 30 April 2014

Decision on the policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions, 6 May 2014

Report on the implementation of the Council of Europe policy towards neighbouring regions (CM(2013)42), 3 May 2013

Decision on the policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions, 16 May 2013

Report by the Secretary General on the implementation of the Council of Europe policy towards neighbouring regions (SG/Inf(2012)15), 16 May 2012

Decision on the policy of the Council of Europe towards neighbouring regions, 23 May 2012

Activity Report by the Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland - 121st Session of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (Istanbul, 11 May 2011), part 8 - A proposal for a neighbourhood policy of the Council of Europe"

Council of Europe Neighbourhood Policy (SG/Inf(2011)7rev2), 19 April 2011

A Neighbourhood Policy for the Council of Europe? - Analytical Background Document (SG/Inf(2011)5), 25 February 2011

Decision on the Neighbourhood policy of the Council of Europe, 10-11 May 2011