The Assembly regularly monitors the way member states honour their commitments and the compliance of national policies with their obligations as members of the Council of Europe.
Congress of local and regional authorities
The monitoring exercise provides an important basis on which to enter into a constructive political dialogue with the authorities of member states in connection with local and regional democracy issues and on how the European Charter of Local Self-Government is being implemented.
European Court of Human Rights
Malta ratified the European Convention on Human Rights on 23 January 1967.
Commissioner for Human Rights
The Commissioner paid official visits to Malta in 2003 and in March 2011. As an independent institution, his mandate is to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in Council of Europe member states.
Prevention of torture
The European Committee for the prevention of torture visits places of detention (for juvenile or immigration detainees, police stations, psychiatric hospitals) in order to assess how persons deprived of their liberty are treated.
Fight against racism
The Commissioner paid an official visit to Malta in 2003. As an independent institution, his mandate is to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in Council of Europe member states.
Protection of social rights
The European Social Charter is a Council of Europe treaty which guarantees social and economic human rights. It was adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996. The European Committee of Social Rights rules on the conformity of the situation in States with the European Social Charter, the 1988 Additional Protocol and the Revised European Social Charter.
Protection of minorities
The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities provides for a monitoring system to evaluate how the treaty is implemented in State Parties. An advisory Committee adopts recommendations to improve minority protection.
Fight against corruption
The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) monitors member states’ compliance with the Council of Europe anti-corruption standards with the objective to improve the capacity of its members to fight corruption.
Fight against money laundering
MONEYVAL Committee of experts
The committee evaluates the effectiveness of domestic measures to counter money laundering and the financing of terrorism in Council of Europe member states which are not members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Council of Europe member states which are members of MONEYVAL but subsequently become members of the FATF can elect to retain full membership of MONEYVAL. Applicant states for membership and other non-member states which are not members of the FATF may apply to join the terms of reference under certain conditions.
The Conference of the Parties under the Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS No. 198) monitors the proper implementation of the Convention by the Parties.
Democracy through Law
The European Commission for Democracy through Law - the Venice Commission - is an advisory body on constitutional matters which plays a leading role in the adoption of constitutions that conform to the standards of Europe's constitutional heritage
Fight against trafficking in human beings
The Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA) is responsible for monitoring implementation of the Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings by the Parties. It regularly publishes evaluation reports.
European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)
The aim of the CEPEJ is the improvement of the efficiency and functioning of justice in the member States.
Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)
This consultative body to the Committee of Ministers prepares opinions, promotes the implementation of Rec(2000)19 and collects information about the functioning of prosecution services in Europe.
- George Vella, Minister for Foreign Affairs.
Malta is represented in the Parliamentary Assembly by a delegation of 3 representatives and 3 substitutes.
Malta is represented in the Congress by a delegation of 3 representatives and 3 substitutes
The Council of Europe's ordinary budget for 2013 is € 243 970 300. The contribution of Malta is € 285 074.
- Judge to the European Court of Human Rights: Vincent A. De Gaetano.
(*) Do not include applications which are at the pre-judicial stage (incomplete case file)
To date, Malta has ratified and signed the following treaties.