Council of Europe Recommendations for Financing of Political Parties
Reply from the Committee of Ministers
adopted at the 835th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies (8 April 2003)
The Committee of Ministers welcomes the adoption by the Parliamentary Assembly of Recommendation 1516 (2001) on the financing of political parties. By insisting on the adoption of rules governing the financing of political parties and electoral campaigns and on formulating general principles at the European level, on which these rules could be based, the Assembly makes a valuable contribution to the defense of pluralist democracy and the transparency of the electoral process.
In order to respond to the concerns of the Parliamentary Assembly, the Committee of Ministers today adopted Recommendation Rec (2003) 4 to member states on common rules against corruption in the funding of political parties and electoral campaigns, which takes account of many of the ideas and proposals put forward by the Assembly in its Recommendation 1516 (2001).
The Assembly is invited to take note of Recommendation Rec (2003) 4 which is appended to this reply.