The future of the Council of Europe: Civil Society’s commitment

Resolution of the Conference of INGOs
Strasbourg 15 April 2019
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The future of the Council of Europe: Civil Society’s commitment

At its plenary session on 12 April 2019, the Conference of INGOs adopted Resolution CONF/PLE(2019)RES1 on the future of the Council of Europe and Civil Society’s commitment.

Whilst affirming that the future of the Council of Europe as a pan-European standard-setting, monitoring and co-operating intergovernmental Organisation is of great concern to its members, it called for a stronger Council of Europe with greater impact of its conventions and treaties.

The Conference of INGOs emphasised the continued need to safeguard and achieve genuine democracy and strengthen public trust in democratic institutions by supporting meaningful participation in the democratic decision-making process, which can empower citizens and NGOs and help young people to be confident in a common European future. It also underlined that reinforced interaction with civil society through a space for substantial, formal, honest and open debates on the strategic orientations of the Organization represents a real opportunity and strength for the Council of Europe.


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