The ongoing evaluations of the Directorate of Internal Oversight includes the following:
- Programme: Rule of Law based Institutions, Sub Programme: Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)
- The work of the Venice Commission is one of great importance for the Council of Europe member states. The annual report of the Secretary General on Multilateralism highlights the importance of the Venice Commission’s contributions to the implementation of the Helsinki decisions and to the support in overcoming Covid-19 related challenges, among others As the Venice Commission celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2020, the evaluation is considered timely to assess its results and achievements. The evaluation is expected to contribute to the decision-making needs of relevant stakeholders and provide recommendations that will pave the way forward for the Venice Commission.
- Programme: Equality and Human Dignity, Sub Programme: Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)
The Helsinki decisions in reaffirming the Committee of Ministers’ “commitment to equality between women and men, and to fight violence against women and domestic violence, stressed the importance in this regard of the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention)”. In addition, the report on multilateralism mentions this topic as one of the issues that “have been highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic and are a clear demonstration of the need for post-crisis collective action”. The evaluation will assess, among other issues, to what extent Council of Europe support to members States in changing their policy, legislation and practice in order to achieve genuine gender equality and protecting women from violence has been effective.
- 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.