Thursday 3 June 2010

The EU's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights: Details on draft negotiation directive published

I've criticised the lack of publicness of the negotiation process of the EU's accession to the European Convention on Human Rights and this critique remains valid..

But there seems to be some advances in the transparency of the process, after the recent partial declassification of the explanatory memorandum on the draft accession negotiation directive.

Today, two very conclusive documents discussing aspects of the draft negotiation directive have been made public, namely the different option concerning paragraph 10 of the draft directive regarding the co-respondent mechanism and concerning paragraph 11 on the involvement of ECJ regarding the compatibility of legal acts of the Union with fundamental rights.

Having given a quick glance at the two documents I can say that they are a very interesting read, in particular because they contain changes to their previous, non-public versions (documents DS 1355 & DS 1356).

I'll go through them when I have some time, but maybe some of you are quicker than me...