Newsroom

Secretary General

Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights

05/04/2013

Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, welcomed the agreement reached by the negotiators
Milestone reached in negotiations on accession of EU to the European Convention on Human Rights
 

Strasbourg, 05/04/2013 – Negotiators of the 47 Council of Europe member states and the European Union have finalised the draft accession agreement of the European Union to the European Convention on Human rights. The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg will now be asked to give its opinion on the text.

 

Accession of the EU to the ECHR will strengthen the protection of human rights in Europe, by ultimately submitting the EU and its legal acts to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

 

Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, welcomed the agreement reached by the negotiators: “This is a decisive step, paving the way to EU accession to the European Convention of Human Rights. It will contribute to the creation of a single European legal space, putting in place the missing link in the European system of fundamental rights protection”.

 

Official talks on the European Union's accession to the European Convention of Human Rights started on 7 July 2010, launched by Thorbjørn Jagland, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission. Discussed since the late 1970s, the accession became a legal obligation under the Treaty of Lisbon, which entered into force on 1 December 2009.

 

Press release

 

Read also:

The Council of Europe and the European Union: different roles, shared values 

 
 
Commissioner for Human Rights
29/07/2014
Headlines
Fighting violence against women must become a top priority
 
Human Rights Commissioner comments on the convention on violence against women entering into force
Moneyval
29/07/2014
Headlines
Romania should strengthen its anti-money laundering institutions and improve their results, says Council of Europe report
 Photo: Shutterstock
 

Other news

Press Releases

Diaries