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CM(2011)143      17 October 20111



1126 Meeting, 16 November 2011

1 General questions

1.5 Review of action taken by the Committee of Ministers on Parliamentary Assembly recommendations

Memorandum prepared by the Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers



On 10 November 2010, the Secretariat submitted to the Ministers' Deputies, on the basis of document CM(2010)131, a list of all the recommendations adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly since the fourth part of its 2009 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 (52 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 1978 (2011) adopted at the third part of its 2011 Session (Strasbourg, 20-24 June 2011).

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 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),3 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 1933 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 5 October 2010

“Fight against extremism: achievements, deficiencies and failures”

At their 1096th meeting (21 October 2010),4 the Deputies communicated Recommendation 1933 to their governments. They agreed to communicate it to the Commissioner for Human Rights for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), to the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), to the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) and to the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY), for information and possible comments by 31 December 2010.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 17 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings

Recommendation 1945 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 12 November 2010

“An internationally recognised status of election observers”

At their 1099th meeting (23 November 2010),5 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1945 to the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) for information and possible comments by 15 March 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM) will continue its examination of a draft reply at its next meeting on 25 October 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings

Recommendation 1949 (2010) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 12 November 2010

“Promoting the most favourable gender equality laws in Europe”

At their 1099th meeting (23 November 2010),6 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1949 to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) and to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) for information and possible comments by 15 March 2011.

The Thematic Co-ordinator on Equality and Trafficking (TC-ET) has prepared a draft reply, consideration of which the Deputies decided to postpone to one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1950 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 25 January 2011

“The protection of journalists’ sources”

At their 1105th meeting (9 February 2011),7 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1950 to the Commissioner for Human Rights for information. They also agreed to communicate it to the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC), to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) and to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), for information and possible comments by 15 April 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 17 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings

Recommendation 1951 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 25 January 2011

“Follow-up to the reform of the Council of Europe”

At their 1105th meeting (9 February 2011),8 the Deputies agreed to consider the follow-up to be given to Recommendation 1951 in the context of their work on the reform of the Council of Europe.

The Ad hoc Working Party on Institutional Reforms (GT-REF.INST) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 20 October 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1953 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 26 January 2011

“The obligation of member and observer states of the Council of Europe to co-operate in the prosecution of war crimes”

At their 1105th meeting (9 February 2011),9 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1953 to the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) and to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) for information and possible comments by 15 April 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 15 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1955 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 26 January 201110

“Implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 17 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings

Recommendation 1956 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 26 January 2011

“Preventing harm to refugees and migrants in extradition and expulsion cases: Rule 39 indications by the European Court of Human Rights”

At their 1105th meeting (9 February 2011),11 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1956 to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) for information and possible comments by 15 April 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 17 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings

Recommendation 1958 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 28 January 201112

“Monitoring of commitments concerning social rights”

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 17 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1960 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 11 March 2011

“The need for a global consideration of the human rights implications of biometrics”

At their 1110th meeting (30-31 March 2011),13 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1960 to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), to the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108) (T-PD), to the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) and to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), for information and possible comments by 30 June 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 15 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1962 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 12 April 2011

“The religious dimension of intercultural dialogue”

At their 1113rd meeting (4 May 2011),14 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1962 to the Steering Committee for Education (CDED), to the Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT), to the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), to the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) and to the Executive Council of the North-South Centre, for information and possible comments by 15 September 2011. They also agreed to communicate it to the European Union for information.

The Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 6 December 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1963 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 12 April 2011

“Combating poverty”

At their 1113rd meeting (4 May 2011),15 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1963 to the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), to the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter, to the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS), to the Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC) and to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG), for information and possible comments by 15 September 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 8 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1964 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 13 April 2011

“The need to assess progress in the implementation of the Bern Convention”

At their 1113rd meeting (4 May 2011),16 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1964 to the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention for information and possible comments by 15 September 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 6 December 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1965 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 13 April 2011

“Education against violence at school”

At their 1113rd meeting (4 May 2011),17 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1965 to the Steering Committee for Education (CDED) and to the Council of Europe Network of National Focal Points on Children’s Rights for information and possible comments by 15 September 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C), in co-operation with their Thematic Co-ordinator on Children (TC-ENF), will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 6 December 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1966 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 13 April 2011

“Safeguarding children and young people from obesity and type 2 diabetes”

At their 1113rd meeting (4 May 2011),18 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1966 to the European Health Committee (CDSP), to the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), to the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter, to the Steering Committee for Education (CDED), to the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), to the Governing Board of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) and to the Council of Europe Network of National Focal Points on Children’s Rights, for information and possible comments by 15 September 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC), in co-operation with their Thematic
Co-ordinator on Children (TC-ENF), at its next meeting on 8 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1967 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 14 April 2011

“The large-scale arrival of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on Europe’s southern shores”

At their 1113rd meeting (4 May 2011),19 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1967 to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and to the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), for information and possible comments by 15 September 2011. They also agreed to communicate it to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights for information.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 8 December 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1968 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 14 April 2011

“Strengthening torture prevention mechanisms in Europe”

At their 1113rd meeting (4 May 2011),20 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1968 to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) for information and possible comments by 15 September 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 17 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1969 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 15 April 2011

“Unaccompanied children in Europe: issues of arrival, stay and return”

At their 1113rd meeting (4 May 2011),21 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1969 to the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), to the Council of Europe Network of National Focal Points on Children’s Rights and to the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), for information and possible comments by 15 September 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H), in co-operation with their Thematic Co-ordinator on Children (TC-ENF), will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 8 December 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1970 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 15 April 2011

“Protecting migrant women in the labour market”

At their 1113rd meeting (4 May 2011),22 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1970 to the European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS), to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), to the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG), 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 2011.

The Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) at its next meeting on 8 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1971 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 27 May 2011

“The impact of the Eastern Partnership of the European Union on governance and economic development in eastern Europe”

At their 1116th meeting (15 June 2011),23 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1971 to the European Union.

The Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM) will continue its examination of a draft reply at its next meeting on 25 October 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1972 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 21 June 201124

“The situation in Tunisia”

The Rapporteur Group on External Relations (GR-EXT), in co-operation with the Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM), will examine a draft reply at its next meeting on 8 November 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1973 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 21 June 2011

“Asylum seekers and refugees: sharing responsibilities in Europe”

At their 1118th meeting (6 July 2011),25 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1973 to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) for information and possible comments by 31 October 2011. They also agreed to communicate it to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights for information.

The Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) will examine elements for a draft reply at its next meeting on 8 December 2011, following which a draft reply will be transmitted to the Deputies for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Recommendation 1974 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 21 June 2011

“The interception and rescue at sea of asylum seekers, refugees and irregular migrants”

At their 1118th meeting (6 July 2011),26 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1974 to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) for information and possible comments by 31 October 2011. They also agreed to communicate it to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights for information.

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

Recommendation 1975 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 22 June 2011

“Living together in 21st-century Europe: follow-up to the report of the Group of Eminent Persons of the Council of Europe”

At their 1118th meeting (6 July 2011),27 the Deputies agreed to consider the follow-up to be given to Recommendation 1975 in the light of the conclusions of the debate to be held on the report of the Group of Eminent Persons at their 1117th meeting (29 June 2011) and in September 2011. It should be noted that the second debate on this report is planned for 26 October 2011.

Recommendation 1976 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 23 June 2011

“The role of parliaments in the consolidation and development of social rights in Europe”

At their 1118th meeting (6 July 2011),28 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1976 to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS), to European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) and to the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter, for information and possible comments by 31 October 2011.

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 1977 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 23 June 2011

“More women in economic and social decision-making bodies”

At their 1118th meeting (6 July 2011),29 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1977 to European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR), to the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and to the Steering Committee on Equality between Women and Men (CDEG), for information and possible comments by 31 October 2011.

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 1978 (2011) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 24 June 2011

“Towards a European framework convention on youth rights”

At their 1118th meeting (6 July 2011),30 the Deputies agreed to communicate Recommendation 1978 to the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ), to the Steering Committee for Education (CDED), to the Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR), to the Executive Council of the North-South Centre, to European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) and to the Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter, for information and possible comments by 31 October 2011.

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.

Appendix 1

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

Recommendation 1845 (2008) “The situation of national minorities in Vojvodina and of the Romanian ethnic minority in Serbia”

Recommendation 1877 (2009) “Europe’s forgotten people: protecting the human rights of long-term displaced persons”

Recommendation 1893 (2009) “The future of the European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity (“North-South Centre”)”

Recommendation 1896 (2010) “Judicial corruption”

Recommendation 1897 (2010) “Respect for media freedom”

Recommendation 1901 (2010) “Solving property issues of refugees and displaced persons”

Recommendation 1904 (2010) “Minority protection in Europe: best practices and deficiencies in implementation of common standards”

Recommendation 1905 (2010) “Children who witness domestic violence”

Recommendation 1906 (2010) “Rethinking creative rights for the Internet age”

Recommendation 1908 (2010) “Lobbying in a democratic society (European Code of conduct on lobbying)”

Recommendation 1909 (2010) “Associating women in the prevention and the solution of unsolved conflicts in Europe”

Recommendation 1910 (2010) “The impact of the global economic crisis on migration in Europe”

Recommendation 1911 (2010) “Women and the economic and financial crisis”

Recommendation 1912 (2010) “Investing in family cohesion as a development factor in times of crisis”

Recommendation 1913 (2010) “The necessity to take additional international legal steps to deal with sea piracy”

Recommendation 1915 (2010) “Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity”

Recommendation 1916 (2010) “The protection of “whistle-blowers””

Recommendation 1917 (2010) “Migrants and refugees: a continuing challenge for the Council of Europe”

Recommendation 1918 (2010) “Biodiversity and climate change”

Recommendation 1919 (2010) “Euro-Mediterranean region: call for a Council of Europe strategy”

Recommendation 1920 (2010) “Reinforcing the effectiveness of Council of Europe treaty law”

Recommendation 1921 (2010) “Gender budgeting as a tool for safeguarding women’s health”

Recommendation 1922 (2010) “Legal remedies for human rights violations in the North-Caucasus Region”

Recommendation 1923 (2010) “The situation in Kosovo and the role of the Council of Europe”

Recommendation 1924 (2010) “The situation of Roma in Europe and relevant activities of the Council of Europe”

Recommendation 1925 (2010) “Readmission agreements: a mechanism for returning irregular migrants”

Recommendation 1926 (2010) “Voluntary return programmes: an effective, humane and cost-effective mechanism for returning irregular migrants”

Recommendation 1927 (2010) “Islam, Islamism and Islamophobia in Europe”

Recommendation 1928 (2010) “Democracy in Europe: crisis and perspectives”

Recommendation 1929 (2010) “The handling of the H1N1 pandemic: more transparency needed”

Recommendation 1930 (2010) “Prohibiting the marketing and use of the “Mosquito” youth dispersal device”

Recommendation 1931 (2010) “Combating sexist stereotypes in the media”

Recommendation 1932 (2010) “Decent pensions for women”

Recommendation 1934 (2010) “Child abuse in institutions: ensure full protection of the victims”

Recommendation 1935 (2010) “The need to avoid duplication of the work of the Council of Europe by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights”

Recommendation 1936 (2010) “Human rights and business”

Recommendation 1937 (2010) “The strategy, governance and functioning of the Council of Europe Development Bank”

Recommendation 1938 (2010) “Guaranteeing the right to education for children with illnesses or disabilities”

Recommendation 1939 (2010) “Children without parental care: urgent need for action”

Recommendation 1940 (2010) “Gender-related claims for asylum”

Recommendation 1941 (2010) “Roma asylum seekers in Europe”

Recommendation 1942 (2010) “A balanced approach to the rescuing of archaeological finds from development projects”

Recommendation 1943 (2010) “Strengthening measures to protect and revive highly endangered languages”

Recommendation 1944 (2010) “The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages”

Recommendation 1946 (2010) “Military waste and the environment”

Recommendation 1947 (2010) “Noise and light pollution”

Recommendation 1948 (2010) “Promoting volunteering in Europe”

Recommendation 1952 (2011) “The protection of witnesses as a cornerstone for justice and reconciliation in the Balkans”

Recommendation 1954 (2011) “Reconciliation and political dialogue between the countries of the former Yugoslavia”

Recommendation 1957 (2011) “Violence against Christians in the Middle East”

Recommendation 1959 (2011) “Preventive health care policies in the Council of Europe member states”

Recommendation 1961 (2011) “Over-indebtedness of states: a danger for democracy and human rights”

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 RECOMMENDATIONS31

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.

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.

2 Contained in the reply to Recommendation 1567 (2002) on parliamentary scrutiny of international institutions.

3 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2010.

4 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: April 2011.

5 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: May 2011.

6 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: May 2011.

7 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2011.

8 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2011.

9 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2011.

10 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2011.

11 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2011.

12 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: August 2011.

13 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: September 2011.

14 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2011.

15 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2011.

16 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2011.

17 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2011.

18 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2011.

19 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2011.

20 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2011.

21 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2011.

22 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: November 2011.

23 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: December 2011.

24 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2012.

25 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2012.

26 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2012.

27 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2012.

28 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2012.

29 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2012.

30 Time-limit for adoption of a reply: January 2012.

31 Text approved by the Ministers’ Deputies at their 615th meeting (20 January 1998).



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