Current political questions.-  Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability.-  Council of Europe.- Committee of Ministers', Ministers' Deputies.- Décisions 701/2.1a  (8 March  2000)

701st meeting – 8 March 2000

Item 2.1

Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability
(CM/Del/Dec(2000)700/2.1a, GR-EDS(2000)11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)



The Deputies

1. took note of the report of the Chairman of their Rapporteur Group for democratic stability (GR-EDS) on the meeting held on 3 March 2000, in the light of the synopsis of that meeting (GR-EDS(2000)16);

2. took note of the exchange of views between the GR-EDS and Mr Araz Azimov, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan;

3. decided, in their composition limited to members of the Partial Agreement of the Co-operation Group to combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group) footnote 1 , to invite Azerbaijan to accede to the Pompidou Group;

4. decided as follows:

- GR-EDS meetings will be opened up to representatives of applicant countries for the agenda items of relevance to them, on the understanding that specific discussion of any country’s membership prospects, would continue to be held in the absence of applicant countries;

- attendance at GR-EDS meetings of any non-member state which was neither an applicant nor an observer would be on the basis of ad hoc invitations issued on the Chair’s initiative and subject to the Group’s agreement.


1. Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom



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