Steering Committee on local and regional authorities (CDLR): abridged report of the 20th meeting (Strasbourg, 26-28 November 1997). - Council of Europe. Committee of Ministers, Ministers'Deputies - Decision 623/9.1 (March 1998)

623rd meeting – 17 March 1998

Item 9.1

 

STEERING COMMITTEE ON LOCAL AND REGIONAL AUTHORITIES

(CDLR)

Abridged report of the 20th meeting

(Strasbourg, 26-28 November 1997)

(CM/Del/Dec(98)615/9.1, CM/Del/Dec(98)620/9.3, CM(97)217)

 

Decisions

The Deputies

1. agreed to change the name of the CDLR to « Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy » ;

2. adopted ad hoc terms of reference (see Appendix 8, Decision No. CM/696/170398 ) asking the CDLR to identify elements of a possible legal instrument on regional self-government on which sufficiently wide agreement can be reached and hence which will point to the kind of legal instrument which may prove possible and desirable;

3. decided to extend the two CDLR meetings scheduled for 1998 from three days to four days, on the understanding that the corresponding resources will be found within the appropriation of Vote II for 1998;

4. took note of the opinion of the CDLR « On the procedure recommended by the CLRAE in paragraphs 8 and 9 of its Recommendation 20 (1996)  », in particular of its paragraphs 11 and 12, as it appears in Appendix 9 to the present volume of Decisions, and instructed the Secretary General to transmit to all member States the Report prepared by the CLRAE working party on the application of Article 3, Article 6.2, article 7.1 and Article 8 of the Charter;

5. adopted Protocol N° 2 to the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities concerning interterritorial co-operation , as it appears in Appendix 10 to the present volume of Decisions;

6. decided to open Protocol No. 2 for signature by States which have signed the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities on 5 May 1998 on the occasion of the 102nd Session of the Committee of Ministers;

7. authorised publication of the Explanatory Report (Appendix V to CM97(217);

8. adopted Decisions No. CM/697/170398 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the CDLR asking it to study the proposals to modify the said Outline Convention so as to allow the accession of non-European states to this legal instrument, as well as the advisability of the arbitration procedure to settle any disputes on interpretation or implementation of transfrontier or inter-territorial co-operation agreements, as it appears in Appendix 11 to the present volume of Decisions;

9. approved the terms of reference for the CDLR’s subordinate committees of experts Committee of experts on the liability of local elected representatives (LR-E-REL), Committee of experts on local social services (LR-E-SSL), Committee of experts on local finance (LR-E-FL), and Committee of experts on the participation of citizens in local public life (LR-E-PC) ; as they appear in Appendices VI-IX to CM(97)217); and finally

10. taking into account decisions 1 to 6, took note of the abridged report of the 20th meeting of the CDLR, as it appears in CM(97)217, as a whole.

 

Amendment proposed by the Dutch delegation

The Deputies

2. adopted ad hoc terms of reference asking the CDLR to identify elements of a possible legal instrument on regional self-government on which sufficiently wide agreement can be reached and hence which will point to the kind of legal instrument which may prove possible and desirable;



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