YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Rule of law–human rights protection–multi-party system and local government; these principles as well as most of the 160 agreemen’s signed between the 40 Council of Europe member-countries should be observed by a country to become a CE member. The countries admitted to the CE are liable to consistently observe the afore-mentioned principles–which are controlled by the CE Congress.
The CE Council of Ministers suspends the membership of the countries violating these principles and thereafter expels them from the organization–Head of the CE Department Muller-Rapard reported at the first seminar of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) of 1999 on small and medium-sized business. He also reported that after serious discussions–it was decided not to consider the religious factor in CE admission affairs.
The seminar was arranged by the Armenian Development Agency with the sponsorship of the Conrad Adenower Foundation.
CE membership opens the way to the European Union where investment and structural and regional funds are. To receive a sum from the funds–an application should be submitted not on state level–but on regional level–which is aimed at settling regional conflicts.
Responding to the question asked by the representative of the Conrad Adenower Foundation in Turkey–Wolf Shenbon–Muller Rapard said that the Council of Europe had discussed the problem of the absence of local government in Turkey. A program had been developed–and the issue had been brought to the Turkish Parliament–which–however–rejected it. Muller Rapard confessed that in studying some problems–priority will be given to political considerations. He reminded those present that such a country as Switzerland didn’t put its signature to the European Charter on Local Government either.