Category Archives: EU Accession

12th Meeting of the Negotiation Group on EU accession

The CDDH ad hoc negotiation group (“47+1”) on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights held its 12th  meeting from 7-10 December 2021. The meeting was held as a hybrid meeting (i.e. with delegates participating both in the meeting room and via video-conference). In total, more than 75 delegates participated.

The Group discussed in particular proposals related to the EU’s specific mechanism of the procedure before the European Court of Human Rights, the principle of mutual trust between the EU member states, as well as the situation of EU acts in the area of the Common Foreign and Security Policy that are excluded from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

In this context, the Group tentatively agreed on operative provisions and corresponding paragraphs for the explanatory report concerning the triggering of the co-respondent mechanism and mutual trust (reproduced in Appendix IV and V of the meeting report respectively).

11th Meeting of the Negotiation Group on EU accession

The negotiation group (“47+1”) on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights held its 11th meeting from 5 – 8 October 2021. Due to the COVID-pandemic, the meeting was held as a hybrid meeting (i.e. with delegates participating both in the meeting room and via video-conference). In total, more than 70 delegates participated.

The Group discussed proposals related to the EU’s specific mechanism of the procedure before the European Court of Human Rights, the operation of inter-party applications (Article 33 of the Convention), the principle of mutual trust between EU member states and other provisions of the draft Accession Agreements (notably Articles 6-8). The Group will hold its next meeting from 7-10 December 2021.

10th Meeting of the Negotiation Group on EU accession

The CDDH ad hoc negotiation group (“47+1”) on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights held its 10th meeting from 29 June – 2 July 2021. Due to the COVID-pandemic, the meeting was held as a hybrid meeting (i.e. with delegates participating both in the meeting room and via video-conference). In total, more than 80 delegates participated. The Group discussed proposals related to the EU’s specific mechanism of the procedure before the European Court of Human Rights, the operation of inter-party applications (Article 33 of the Convention) and the principle of mutual trust between EU member states. 

In the course of this meeting, the Group held another exchange of views with civil society (including representatives from the AIRE (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe) Centre, Amnesty International, the Council of Bars and Law Societies in Europe (CCBE), the International Commission of Jurists and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI)). The exchange of views focused in particular on the principle of mutual trust between the EU member states as well as the situation of EU acts in the area of the Common Foreign and Security Policy that are excluded from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The Group will hold its next meeting from 5-8 October 2021.

9th Meeting of the Negotiation Group on EU accession

The CDDH ad hoc negotiation group (“47+1”) on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights held its 9th meeting from 23-25 March 2021 via videoconference. The Group discussed in particular proposals related to Article 53 of the Convention, the principle of mutual trust between the EU member states as well as the situation of EU acts in the area of the Common Foreign and Security Policy that are excluded from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union. In total, more than 108 delegates participated. The next meeting is scheduled for 29 June – 2 July 2021.

8th Meeting of the Negotiation Group on EU accession

The CDDH ad hoc negotiation group (“47+1”) on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights held its 8th meeting from 2-4 February 2021 via videoconference. The Group discussed in particular proposals related to the EU’s specific mechanism of the procedure before the European Court of Human Rights, as well as the operation of inter-party applications (Article 33 of the Convention) and of requests for advisory opinions under Protocol No. 16 to the Convention. In total, more than 110 delegates participated.

7th Meeting of the Negotiation Group on EU accession

The CDDH ad hoc negotiation group (“47+1 Group”) on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights held its 7th meeting from 24 to 26 November 2020. Due to the COVID-pandemic, the meeting was held via videoconference. The meeting report can be downloaded below.

6th Meeting of the Negotiation Group on EU accession

The CDDH ad hoc negotiation group (“47+1 Group”) on the accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights held its 6th meeting from 29 September to 1 October 2020. Due to the COVID-pandemic, the meeting was held as a hybrid meeting (i.e. with delegates participating both in the meeting room and via videoconference). The meeting report can be downloaded below.

Virtual informal meeting on EU accession

On 22 June 2020, the ad hoc group of the Steering Committee on Human Rights of the Council of Europe in charge of negotiating EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights (“the 47+1 Group”) held an informal virtual meeting. It was organised and chaired by Ms Tonje Meinich (Norway), Chair of the “47+1 Group”. Mr Christos Giakoumopoulos (Director General Human Rights and Rule of Law) and Ambassador Meglena Kuneva (Head of the European Union Delegation to the Council of Europe) made opening addresses at the meeting. The Group also heard a presentation by the European Commission of its position paper on EU accession to the Convention, and held a general round of statements, comments and questions by delegations.

For more information, go to:

https://www.coe.int/en/web/human-rights-intergovernmental-cooperation/accession-of-the-european-union-to-the-european-convention-on-human-rights

Negotiations on EU Accession postponed

In the wake of the measures applied by the Council of Europe with a view to preventing the further spread of the Corona virus, it was decided to cancel the start of the new round of negotiations on EU Accession to the European Convention on Human Rights scheduled to take place on 24 March. A new date will be set as soon as circumstances permit.