Council of Europe's Vienna Summit in October 1993 set out new political
aims. The Heads of State and Government cast the Council of Europe
as the guardian of democratic security - founded on human rights,
democracy and the rule of law. Democratic security is an essential
complement to military security, and is a pre-requisite for the continent's
stability and peace.
During the Second Summit in Strasbourg in
October 1997, the Heads of State and Government adopted an action
plan to strengthen the Council of Europe's work in four areas: democracy
and human rights, social cohesion, the security of citizens and
democratic values and cultural diversity.
The Council of Europe's third Summit of Heads
of State and Government, held in Warsaw on 16 and 17 May 2005, concluded
by adopting a political declaration and an action plan laying down
the principal tasks of the Council of Europe in the coming years:
- promoting the common fundamental values of human rights, the rule
of law and democracy;
- strengthening the security of European citizens, in particular
by combating terrorism, organised crime and trafficking in human
- fostering co-operation with other international and European organisations.
Today, the Organisation continues to grow
while at the same time increasing its monitoring to ensure that
all its members respect the obligations and commitments they entered
into when they joined.