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1 General questions

1.6 Review of action taken by the Committee of Ministers on Parliamentary Assembly recommendations
Secretariat memorandum prepared by the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers

On 18 November 2009, the Secretariat submitted to the Ministers' Deputies, on the basis of document CM(2009)149, a list of all the recommendations adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly since the fourth part of its 2008 Session to which replies were still pending from the Committee of Ministers. Since that document was issued, replies have been given to and/or action has been taken on the recommendations listed in Appendix 1 to this memorandum (44 recommendations in all).

The present memorandum lists all the recommendations adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly to which replies are still pending, up to and including Recommendation 1932 (2010) adopted at the third part of its 2010 Session (Strasbourg, 21-25 June 2010).

The Secretariat would draw attention to the Deputies’ commitment2 at their 825th meeting (22 January 2003) (see Appendix 2) with regard to the adoption of replies to Assembly recommendations. This commitment modifies the decisions adopted at the 615th meeting (20 January 1998) (see Appendix 3) by introducing new deadlines of less than six months whenever possible, instead of nine months, for replying. A footnote indicates the time limit for a reply to each recommendation, set in accordance with this commitment.

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Recommendation 1845 (2008) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 1 October 2008

“The situation of national minorities in Vojvodina and of the Romanian ethnic minority in Serbia”

At their 1038th meeting (15 October 2008),3 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1845 to their governments.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1877 (2009) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 24 June 2009

“Europe’s forgotten people: protecting the human rights of long-term displaced persons”

At their 1063rd meeting (8 July 2009),4 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1877 to their governments and brought it to the attention of the European Union. They agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and to the European Committee on Migration (CDMG), for information and possible comments by 31 October 2009. They also agreed to communicate it to the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, for information.

The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J), in co-operation with the Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM), will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1893 (2009) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 20 November 2009

“The future of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (“North-South Centre”)”

At their 1073rd meeting (9 December 2009),5 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1893 to their governments. At their 1077th meeting (24 February 2010), the Deputies invited the Secretary General to provide an opinion on the possible revision of the Statutory Resolution of the North-South Centre, agreed to transmit the recommendation to the Executive Council of the North-South Centre, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe for opinion by 31 May 2010 and to the European Commission and to the European Parliament for information and possible comments by 30 June 2010.

In the light of the comments received, the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 18 November 2010.

Recommendation 1896 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 27 January 2010

“Judicial corruption”

At their 1077th meeting (24 February 2010),6 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1896 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Legal
Co-operation (CDCJ), to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), to the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE), to the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) and to the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), for information and possible comments by 15 April 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 16 November 2010.

Recommendation 1897 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 27 January 2010

“Respect for media freedom”

At their 1077th meeting (24 February 2010),7 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1897 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and to the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) for information and possible comments by 15 April 2010.

A draft reply is under examination by the Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1901 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 28 January 2010

“Solving property issues of refugees and displaced persons”

At their 1077th meeting (24 February 2010),8 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1901 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and to the European Committee on Migration (CDMG) for information and possible comments by 15 April 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 16 November 2010.

Recommendation 1902 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 28 January 2010

“The functioning of democratic institutions in Albania”

At their 1077th meeting (24 February 2010),9 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1902 to their governments.

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010), the Deputies adopted an interim reply (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1090/2.4).

Recommendation 1904 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 16 March 2010

“Minority protection in Europe: best practices and deficiencies in implementation of common standards”

At their 1080th meeting (24 March 2010),10 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1904 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities for information and possible comments by 30 June 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 2 November 2010.

Recommendation 1905 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 17 March 2010

“Children who witness domestic violence”

At their 1080th meeting (24 March 2010),11 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1905 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Ad hoc Committee on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) and to the Council of Europe Platform on Children's Rights, for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), for information and possible comments by 30 June 2010.

The Thematic Co-ordinator on Children (TC-ENF) is preparing a draft reply to be examined by the Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) at its meeting on 16 November 2010.

Recommendation 1906 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 17 March 2010

“Rethinking creative rights for the Internet age”

At their 1080th meeting (24 March 2010),12 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1906 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and to the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC), for information and possible comments by 30 June 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 16 November 2010.

Recommendation 1908 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 26 April 2010

“Lobbying in a democratic society (European Code of conduct on lobbying)”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),13 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1908 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), to the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) and to the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations (INGOs), for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 9 November 2010.

Recommendation 1909 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 27 April 2010

“Associating women in the prevention and the solution of unsolved conflicts in Europe”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),14 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1909 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 2 November 2010.

Recommendation 1910 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 27 April 2010

“The impact of the global economic crisis on migration in Europe”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),15 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1910 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Migration (CDMG), to the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS), to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), to the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) and to the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter, for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 16 November 2010.

Recommendation 1911 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 28 April 2010

“Women and the economic and financial crisis”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),16 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1911 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS), to the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), to the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG), for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 2 November 2010.

Recommendation 1912 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 27 April 2010

“Investing in family cohesion as a development factor in times of crisis”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),17 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1912 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), to the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS), to the European Health Committee (CDSP) and to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG), for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 16 November 2010.

Recommendation 1913 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 28 April 2010

“The necessity to take additional international legal steps to deal with sea piracy”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),18 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1913 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) and to the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 16 November 2010.

Recommendation 1915 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 29 April 2010

“Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),19 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1915 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Ad hoc Committee on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 2 November 2010.

Recommendation 1916 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 29 April 2010

“The protection of “whistle-blowers””

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),20 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1916 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) and to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 16 November 2010.

Recommendation 1917 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 30 April 2010

“Migrants and refugees: a continuing challenge for the Council of Europe”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),21 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1917 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Migration (CDMG), to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), to the European Committee on Social Cohesion (CDCS) and to the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 16 November 2010.

Recommendation 1918 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 30 April 2010

“Biodiversity and climate change”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),22 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1918 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDPATEP) for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1919 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 30 April 2010

“Euro-Mediterranean region: call for a Council of Europe strategy”

At their 1085th meeting (26 May 2010),23 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1919 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (North-South Centre) for information and possible comments by 15 September 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on External Relations (GR-EXT) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 2 November 2010.

Recommendation 1920 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 21 May 2010

“Reinforcing the effectiveness of Council of Europe treaty law”

At their 1087th meeting (9 June 2010),24 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1920 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee on Human Rights (CDDH), the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) and the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) for information and possible comments by 15 October 2010. They also agreed to communicate it to the European Union for information together with the reply.

The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1921 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 21 May 2010

“Gender budgeting as a tool for safeguarding women’s health”

At their 1087th meeting (9 June 2010),25 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1921 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) and the European Health Committee (CDSP) for information and possible comments by 15 October 2010.

The Thematic Co-ordinator on Equality and Trafficking (TC-ET) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1922 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 22 June 2010

“Legal remedies for human rights violations in the North-Caucasus Region”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),26 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1922 to their governments.

The Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 9 November 2010.

Recommendation 1924 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 22 June 2010

“The situation of Roma in Europe and relevant activities of the Council of Europe”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),27 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1924 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Committee of Experts on Roma and Travellers
(MG-S-ROM) and to the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT) for information and possible comments by 31 October 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1925 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 22 June 2010

“Readmission agreements: a mechanism for returning irregular migrants”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),28 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1925 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) for information and possible comments by 31 October 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1926 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 22 June 2010

“Voluntary return programmes: an effective, humane and cost-effective mechanism for returning irregular migrants”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),29 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1926 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Committee on Migration (CDMG) and to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) for information and possible comments by 31 October 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1927 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 23 June 2010

“Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia in Europe”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),30 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1927 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Education (CDED), to the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT), to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), to the Executive Council of the North-South Centre and to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), for information and possible comments by 31 October 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1928 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 23 June 2010

“Democracy in Europe: crisis and perspectives”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),31 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1928 to their governments.

The Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM) will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 9 November 2010.

Recommendation 1929 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 24 June 2010

“The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),32 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1929 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the European Health Committee (CDSP) for information and possible comments by 30 November 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1930 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 25 June 2010

“Prohibiting the marketing and use of the “Mosquito” youth dispersal device”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),33 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1930 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), to the European Health Committee (CDSP) and to the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), for information and possible comments by 30 November 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1931 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 25 June 2010

“Combating sexist stereotypes in the media”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),34 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1931 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Ad hoc Committee on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CAHVIO) for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) and to the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) for information and possible comments by 31 October 2010.

The Thematic Co-ordinator on Equality and Trafficking (TC-ET), in co-operation with the Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H), will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1932 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 25 June 2010

“Decent pensions for women”

At their 1090th meeting (7 July 2010),35 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1932 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG), to the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter, to the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and to the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS), for information and possible comments by 31 October 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of the Deputies’ forthcoming meetings.

Appendix 1

List of Parliamentary Assembly Recommendations
to which replies and/or follow-up was given

Recommendation 1843 (2008) “Honouring of obligations and commitments by Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Recommendation 1846 (2008) “The consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia”

Recommendation 1849 (2008) “For the promotion of a culture of democracy and human rights through teacher education”

Recommendation 1850 (2008) “Europe’s “boat-people”: mixed migration flows by sea into southern Europe”

Recommendation 1855 (2009) “The regulation of audiovisual media services”

Recommendation 1857 (2009) “The humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia”

Recommendation 1858 (2009) “Private military and security firms and the erosion of the state monopoly on the use of force”

Recommendation 1859 (2009) “Attitude to memorials exposed to different historical interpretations in Council of Europe member states”

Recommendation 1860 (2009) “Electronic democracy”

Recommendation 1861 (2009) “Feminicides”

Recommendation 1863 (2009) “Environment and health: better prevention of environment-related health hazards”

Recommendation 1864 (2009) “Promoting the participation by children in decisions affecting them”

Recommendation 1865 (2009) “The protection of human rights in emergency situations”

Recommendation 1866 (2009) “The situation of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member states”

Recommendation 1868 (2009) “Action to combat gender-based human rights violations, including abduction of women and girls”

Recommendation 1869 (2009) “The humanitarian consequences of the war between Georgia and Russia: follow-up given to Resolution 1648 (2009)”

Recommendation 1871 (2009) “Ban on cluster munitions”

Recommendation 1872 (2009) “The rights of today’s girls: the rights of tomorrow’s women”

Recommendation 1873 (2009) “Sexual violence against women in armed conflict”

Recommendation 1874 (2009) “Situation in Belarus”

Recommendation 1876 (2009) “The state of human rights in Europe: the need to eradicate impunity”

Recommendation 1878 (2009) “The funding of public service broadcasting”

Recommendation 1879 (2009) “Renewable energies and the environment”

Recommendation 1880 (2009) “History teaching in conflict and post-conflict areas”

Recommendation 1881 (2009) “The urgent need to combat so-called “honour crimes””

Recommendation 1882 (2009) “The promotion of Internet and online media services appropriate for minors”

Recommendation 1883 (2009) “The challenges posed by climate change”

Recommendation 1884 (2009) “Cultural education: the promotion of cultural knowledge, creativity and intercultural understanding through education”

Recommendation 1885 (2009) “Drafting an additional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights concerning the right to a healthy environment”

Recommendation 1886 (2009) “The future of the Council of Europe in the light of its 60 years of experience”

Recommendation 1887 (2009) “Rape of women, including marital rape”

Recommendation 1888 (2009) “Towards a new ocean governance”

Recommendation 1889 (2009) “Improving the quality and consistency of asylum decisions in the Council of Europe member states”

Recommendation 1890 (2009) “Engaging European diasporas: the need for governmental and intergovernmental responses”

Recommendation 1891 (2009) “Migrant women: at particular risk from domestic violence”

Recommendation 1892 (2009) “The contribution of the Council of Europe in the development of the European Higher Education Area”

Recommendation 1894 (2010) “The functioning of democratic institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Recommendation 1895 (2010) “Action against trafficking in human beings: promoting the Council of Europe convention”

Recommendation 1898 (2010) “Thresholds and other features of electoral systems which have an impact on representativity of parliaments in Council of Europe member states”

Recommendation 1899 (2010) “Increasing women’s representation in politics through the electoral system”

Recommendation 1900 (2010) “The detention of asylum seekers and irregular migrants in Europe”

Recommendation 1903 (2010) “Fifteen years since the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action”

Recommendation 1907 (2010) “The wage gap between women and men”

Recommendation 1914 (2010) “The urgent need for a constitutional reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina”

Appendix 2

NEW DEADLINES FOR REPLYING TO
PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY RECOMMENDATIONS

825th meeting – 22 January 2003

Appendix 3 (EXTRACT)
(Item 1.6)

Reply to Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1567 (2002)
on parliamentary scrutiny of international institutions

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 22 January 2003
at the 825th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

[…]

3. In response to the specific proposals put forward by the Parliamentary Assembly in paragraph 2 of Recommendation 1567, the Committee of Ministers agreed as follows:

[…]

v. With regard to improving transparency in the implementation of Assembly recommendations, the Committee of Ministers would draw attention to the substantial efforts made in this area since 1998, particularly with the introduction of a nine-month deadline to be observed, as far as possible, for replying to Assembly recommendations. The Committee of Ministers is aware that this target has not always been attained, but would also like to draw the Assembly’s attention to the many cases in which high priority has been given to the adoption of a reply well within the nine-month time limit, particularly in connection with the current political issues that are most important to the Council of Europe, in connection with which the Committee of Ministers usually communicates its views to the Parliamentary Assembly in time for the next part-session. In addition, information on the action the Committee of Ministers has taken on Parliamentary Assembly recommendations is regularly included in the written reports prepared by the chairmanship at each session, and a comprehensive report on this action is forwarded to the Assembly every year.

Against this background, the Committee of Ministers is ready to commit itself to making an additional effort so that replies can be adopted to Parliamentary Assembly recommendations in principal in time for the second part-session following that at which they were adopted, that is to say within a time-limit of less than six months (the nine-month time limit becoming a maximum for exceptional cases). It further considers that priority should go to giving more impetus to the already made efforts described above so that they can have their full impact in strengthening dialogue and communication between the Committee of Ministers and the Parliamentary Assembly, while being open to additional specific proposals for improvements.

Appendix 3

REPLIES TO
PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY RECOMMENDATIONS36

The Deputies, having emphasised the importance of rapidly adopting a reply to each Recommendation:

1. agreed in future to rely more often on the expertise available within the Ministers' Deputies, the relevant Rapporteur Group and the Secretariat, in preparing replies to Assembly Recommendations;

2. instructed the Secretariat to place immediately on their agenda any Assembly Recommendation for which sufficient elements for a reply were available;

3. decided, in the case of Assembly Recommendations not forwarded to a steering committee for opinion, to set a time-limit of nine months, after communication of those Recommendations to the Committee of Ministers, for adopting a reply (interim or final);

4. decided to adopt, when conducting their initial examination of the texts adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly, a reply common to all the texts, dealing with the procedure to be followed;

5. approved the following guidelines for the drawing up of draft replies to Recommendations:

    - priority should be given to final replies (taking stock of the situation while at the same time informing the Assembly of the intentions of the Committee of Ministers with regard to the specific proposals);

    - priority should be given to concise replies (concentrated on the political views of the Committee of Ministers; any technical opinions of other bodies could be added as appendices);

    - priority should be given to substance rather than procedure;

    - where Recommendations are to be examined, and the replies to them, prepared by a Rapporteur Group, care should be taken to ensure that they are given priority treatment in that Rapporteur Group's order of business;

    - a steering committee should be consulted where there is a need for technical expertise which is not available within the Secretariat.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.
Note 2 Contained in the reply to Recommendation 1567 (2002) on parliamentary scrutiny of international institutions.
Note 3 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: April 2009.
Note 4 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2010.
Note 5 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: June 2010.
Note 6 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2010.
Note 7 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2010.
Note 8 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2010.
Note 9 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2010.
Note 10 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: September 2010.
Note 11 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: September 2010.
Note 12 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: September 2010.
Note 13 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 14 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 15 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 16 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 17 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 18 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 19 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 20 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 21 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 22 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 23 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2010.
Note 24 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: December 2010.
Note 25 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: December 2010.
Note 26 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 27 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 28 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 29 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 30 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 31 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 32 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 33 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 34 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 35 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2011.
Note 36 Text approved by the Ministers’ Deputies at their 615th meeting (20 January 1998).


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