1010th meeting – 7 November 2007

Item 2.1a

Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability
- Montenegro

- Forum for the Future of Democracy
(GR-DEM(2007)CB12, SG/Inf(2007)10, FFD-AB(2007)8 and FFD-AB(2007)9)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the synopsis of the GR-DEM meeting held on 22 October 2007
(document GR-DEM(2007)CB12);

Concerning Montenegro

in the light of the first Secretariat report on the Republic of Montenegro concerning compliance with obligations and commitments and the implementation of the post-accession co-operation programme (document SG/Inf(2007)10):

2. welcomed the adoption of a new Constitution by Montenegro and invited the authorities of Montenegro to carry out, with the assistance of the Council of Europe, the necessary legislative and practical reforms in order to implement the new Constitution, in particular regarding the independence and functioning of the judiciary;

3. called on the authorities of Montenegro to improve the substantive provisions on human and minority rights in the legislation and to strengthen their protection mechanisms;

4. encouraged the authorities of Montenegro to consider solutions to improve the efficiency of the structures dedicated to fighting corruption, organised crime and trafficking in human beings;

5. recalled the importance of full co-operation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), of lifting the domestic obstacles to an effective prosecution of war criminals and of ensuring greater regional co-operation in this respect, including by the ratification of the relevant Council of Europe conventions;

6. invited the authorities of Montenegro to engage in a collaborative effort with the Secretariat with a view to the preparation, before the end of this year, of a proposed post-accession co-operation programme;

7. invited the Montenegrin authorities to follow-up the recommendations contained in the first report, with a view to demonstrating progress in the second report following a new Secretariat mission early in 2008;

Concerning the Forum for the Future of Democracy

8. agreed to resume consideration of this item at their 1011th meeting (21 November 2007);

Concerning the action plans for co-operation with the South Caucasus countries

9. invited the Secretariat to present a stocktaking of the implementation of the action plans for 2006/2007 and to undertake, by the end of the year, consultations with the interested countries in order to determine the priorities of co-operation for the preparation of future action plans and to submit them to their Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM).


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