Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers of Justice

23rd Conference of European Ministers of Justice

8-9 June 2000, London (United Kingdom)

Resolution No 2 on the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe

THE MINISTERS participating in the 23rd Conference of European Ministers of Justice (London, 2000),
Recalling Resolution No. 2 on South-Eastern Europe adopted during their 22nd Conference (Chisinau, 1999);
Having regard to the Final Communiqué of the 106th Session of the Committee of Ministers, which took place in Strasbourg on 10 and 11 May 2000, in particular as regards the Stability Pact and, in this context, to the appeal launched on this occasion to the financial partners of the Stability Pact to pay special attention to the need to contribute to the funding of Council of Europe projects, in particular those in key areas of its competence such as the functioning of justice, local democracy and the reform of public administration, taking account of the priorities of the Stability Pact;
Recognising the wide experience of the Council of Europe in the promotion of the Rule of law, pluralist democracy and human rights;
Welcoming the projects presented by the Council of Europe within the framework of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe and, notably, the Action Plan for the reform of the judicial system, the PACO programme against corruption and organised crime, as well as the projects for reforms of the penitentiary system, administration and administrative justice;
Conscious of the importance of these projects in order to guarantee the stability in South-Eastern Europe and the priority nature given to them within the Stability Pact,
INVITE
a) the Governments of member States to express their sincere support for the projects presented by the Council of Europe in the justice field which have been agreed through the Stability Pact process;
b) the Donor parties in the Stability Pact process to ensure that the projects mentioned in the previous paragraph receive sufficient budgetary means for their quick implementation.