The ongoing evaluations of the Directorate of Internal Oversight includes the following:
- Council of Europe’s support to member States in addressing challenges related to the Covid pandemic
Part II of the annual report of the Secretary General on ‘multilateralism’ describes how the Council of Europe has reacted to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. It discusses how the organisation has adapted to the crisis and the work it has done to help member States “ensure that the decisions they make reinforce our common standards”. The evaluation will assess, among other issues, the extent to which the response of the organisation to the crisis, in supporting member States, has been effective.
- Monitoring mechanisms
The efficient functioning of monitoring mechanisms as well as their effectiveness are among the key factors for organisation’s successful performance. The evaluation will look at possibilities of developing synergies and benchmark against similar mechanisms in other organisations. The evaluation will start later in 2021 and its full scope will be determined following interviews with key stakeholders.
- Programme: Democratic Participation, Sub-programme: Culture, Nature and Heritage / Cultural Routes / Major Hazards
The fight against environmental degradation is one of the key strategic priorities of the Council of Europe (KSP 10). The evaluation will assess to what extent the work under all sub-programme lines contributed to supporting member States in adapting their policies in order to favour an open and diverse cultural space and a safe and sustainable environment, accessible to all, as a fundamental basis for democratic societies.
- Programme: Action against crime, security and protection of citizens , Sub-programme: Action against crime and protection of citizens (excl. work of CDPC and technical co-operation on corruption as recently evaluated)
The sub-programme contributes to KSPs 7 and 8. The evaluation will assess to what extent the sub-programme Action against crime and protection of citizens contributed to the development of standards and to ensuring their implementation in the area of terrorism and its financing, money-laundering, cybercrime, medicrime and trafficking in human beings and human organs.
- Programme: Rule of law-based institutions, Sub-programme: Independence and efficiency of Justice
The sub-programme aims at assisting member states in ensuring decisions within a reasonable time following a fair consideration of the issues in line with Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights. and contributes to KSP 6. The evaluation will assess whether the work under this sub-programme has contributed to more robust, independent, transparent and accessible judicial institutions and procedures based on the rule of law.
- Transversal: Civil society participation in co-operation activities
Strengthening the role and participation of civil society is one of the key ministerial level decisions taken in Helsinki in 2019 and contributes to KSP 11. The evaluation will assess the role of civil society in the context of technical co-operation activities in member states with a view to identifying ways to optimise their involvement.