Delegation of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe at the CHR Office
On 14 March 2023, the Commissioner for Human Rights Marcin Wiącek received at the Office of the CHR a delegation of the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations and Commitments by Member States of the Council of Europe (Monitoring Committee) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
The Committee is visiting Warsaw as part of its monitoring procedure. Poland is one of the 10 countries of the Council of Europe covered by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe under the full monitoring procedure and the only one from the European Union.
The delegation included Pieter Omtzigt, parliamentarian, rapporteur of the PACE Monitoring Committee (Kingdom of the Netherlands, EPP) and Bas Klein, Deputy Secretary of the PACE Monitoring Committee. The meeting was also attended by the secretary of the Parliamentary Delegation to PACE, Anna Trębaczkiewicz, and Janusz Roszkiewicz from the Constitutional, International and European Law Team.
The talks focused mainly on the implemented reforms in the judiciary, the independence of the judiciary, the execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and freedom of the media. Current problems in the area of protection of civil rights and freedoms, with which citizens turn to the CHR, were also discussed. The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is responsible for verifying the fulfillment of obligations assumed by member states of the Council of Europe under, inter alia, the Statute of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights, and for fulfilling the commitments undertaken by the authorities of the Member States upon accession to the Council of Europe. Currently, PACE's full monitoring procedure covers: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Poland, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine