120th Session, 11 May 2010
Reform process of the Council of Europe
The Committee of Ministers
1. took note of the report by the Secretary General on the implementation of the reform process;
2. Having regard to the declaration made by the 16th Session of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Local and Regional Government (Utrecht, 16-17 November 2009) and the wish expressed therein to develop proposals for a partnership between the conference and the Committee of Ministers, instructed the Deputies, with the input of the European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR), to initiate a dialogue with the conference in order to formulate proposals and to report back at the 121st Ministerial Session.
Decision 2 above has no wider implications on the relationship between the Committee of Ministers and the Conferences of Specialised Ministers and the issue of this relationship should be touched on again in the framework of the future discussions on the reform of the Council of Europe.