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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2018
Answer given by Vice-President Mogherini on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004003/2018

The European Union has a strong and unequivocal opposition to the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. At the October 1997 Council of Europe Summit, Heads of Government, including all EU Member States, called for universal abolition of the death penalty. Moreover, new states to the Council of Europe have committed themselves to moratoria and to ratify the 6th Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) committing them to permanent abolition. The 6th Protocol has been ratified by all EU Member States. The 13th Protocol of the ECHR, which has been signed by all EU Member States and entered into force on 1 July 2003, commits the member states concerned to permanent abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances. The 13th Protocol of the ECHR extends the scope of the The 6th Protocol to all circumstances.

However, bearing in mind that the question is about the interpretation of two Protocols of the Council of Europe, of which the European Union is not party, the question should be best addressed to the Council of Europe.

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