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CM(2013)131 addfinal       20 November 20131



1185 (Budget) Meeting, 19-21 November 2013

11 Programme, Budget and Administration

11.1 Draft Programme and Budget 2014-2015

- Terms of Reference of Intergovernmental Structures



Table of Contents

PART 1: ORDINARY BUDGET 3
Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) 3

Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM) 13
Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) 17
Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) 20
Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) 23
European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) 26

European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ) 37
Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI) 42

Ad hoc committee on data protection (CAHDATA) 50
Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER) 53
Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) 57
European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) 60
Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP) 64

Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE) 70
European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS) 74

European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) 88
Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) 91
Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) 93

PART 2: EUROPEAN DIRECTORATE FOR THE QUALITY OF MEDECINES AND HEALTHCARE 97
European Committee of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-PH) 97
Consumer Health Protection Committee (Partial agreement) (CD-P-SC) 101
European Committee on Organ Transplantation (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-TO) 104
European Committee on Blood Transfusion (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-TS) 107

PART 1: ORDINARY BUDGET

Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDDH (i) will oversee and coordinate the intergovernmental work of the Council of Europe in the human rights field, including bioethics, and (ii) advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its field of competence, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives. For this purpose, the CDDH is instructed to elaborate common standards for the 47 member States, review their implementation, and fulfil any other activity which might be assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers. In particular, the CDDH will:

      (i) contribute to the protection of human rights by improving the effectiveness of the control mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights and the implementation of the Convention at national level;

      (ii) contribute to the promotion and development of human rights through awareness raising and further standard-setting activities;

      (iii) carry out substantive legal analysis of human rights issues and contribute to the development of Council of Europe policies on such issues;

      (iv) ensure oversight from the human rights perspective of work on bioethics;

      (v) carry out work regarding the rights of persons belonging to national minorities;

      (vi) follow the human rights activities of other international organisations and institutions, in particular the United Nations and its Human Rights Council, the European Union and the OSCE, with a view to identifying opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action;

      (vii) contribute, in co-operation with the CDPC and the CDCJ, to the preparation of the Conference of Ministers of Justice and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conference;

      (viii) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility2, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights
Sector:
Protection of Human Rights / Ensuring Social Rights

Programme: Enhancing the Effectiveness of the ECHR System at national and European level / Bioethics

Expected results

Protection of human rights

The long-term effectiveness and relevance of the Convention system at national and European levels, notably the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, continues to be secured (see also the terms of reference of the Committee of Experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR)).

Development and promotion of human rights

Human rights are better guaranteed through activities related to the development, promotion of and appropriate follow-up to human rights instruments:

      (i) a draft Declaration of the Committee of Ministers supporting the “UN Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the UN ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework” (UN Guiding Principles) is elaborated by 30 June 2014.

      (ii) a non-binding instrument, which may include a guide of good practice, addressing gaps in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles at the European level, including with respect to access to justice for victims of corporate human rights abuses, is elaborated.

      (iii) further work is carried out in the area of human rights in culturally diverse societies. This may include: a document compiling existing Council of Europe standards relating to the principles of freedom of thought, conscience and religion and the link to other Convention rights, in particular freedom of expression, supplemented by a compendium of good practices; guidelines on the promotion and protection of human rights in culturally diverse societies, with a possible specific focus on the issues related to human rights education and training; a handbook on human rights in culturally diverse societies presenting principles and their application through good practices.

      (iv) a study is conducted by 31 December 2014 on the feasibility of new activities as well as on the revision of existing instruments to deal with the impact of the economic crisis on human rights in Europe, and specific activities may be carried out as appropriate.

      (v) a study is conducted to identify possible other priority areas for development and promotion of human rights and to formulate proposals for specific activities as appropriate.

Bioethics

Supervision is ensured from the human rights perspective of the intergovernmental work in the field of bioethics (see also the terms of reference of the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO)).

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the field of human rights.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:
The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA));

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- representatives of other international organisations (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights).


Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Belarus;

- Non-governmental organisations (Amnesty International, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), European Roma and Travellers Forum), as well as the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

Working methods

Plenary meetings

48 members, 3 meetings in 2014, 4 days

48 members, 3 meetings in 2015, 4 days

Bureau

8 members, 3 meetings in 2014, 2 days

8 members, 3 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Subject to the agenda, the Chairs of the subordinate structures to the CDDH may be invited to attend CDDH Bureau and/or plenary meetings.

Subordinate structure(s) to the CDDH

The CDDH has a coordinating, supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate bodies:

    - Committee of experts on the Reform of the Court (DH-GDR) (see separate terms of reference) and Drafting Groups;

    - Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) (see separate terms of reference);

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

3

4

48

225 800

33 900

134 400

5.5 A ; 2.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

3

4

48

225 800

33 900

134 400

5.5 A ; 2.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CDDH

5

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

9

Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

35

European Social Charter

46

Protocol No. 4 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, securing certain rights and freedoms other than those already included in the Convention and in the first Protocol thereto

48

European Code of Social Security

67

European Agreement relating to Persons participating in Proceedings of the European Commission and Court of Human Rights

114

Protocol No. 6 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms concerning the Abolition of the Death Penalty

117

Protocol No. 7 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

126

European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

139

European Code of Social Security (Revised)

142

Protocol amending the European Social Charter

148

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

157

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

158

Additional Protocol to the European Social Charter Providing for a System of Collective Complaints

161

European Agreement relating to persons participating in proceedings of the European Court of Human Rights

163

European Social Charter (revised)

164

Convention for the protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine

168

Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine, on the Prohibition of Cloning Human Beings

CDDH

177

Protocol No. 12 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

186

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin

187

Protocol No. 13 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, concerning the abolition of the death penalty in all circumstances

195

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Biomedical Research

197

Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

203

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes

205

Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents

210

Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

213

Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

214

Protocol No. 16 to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Committee of experts on the reform of the Court (DH-GDR)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), the DH-GDR will conduct the intergovernmental work intended to contribute to the protection of human rights by improving the effectiveness of the control mechanism of the European Convention on Human Rights and the implementation of the Convention at national level, as assigned by the Committee of Ministers to the Steering Committee as an important part of the follow-up to the Brighton Declaration.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights
Sector:
Ensuring Protection of Human Rights
Programme:
Enhancing the Effectiveness of the ECHR System at national and European level

Expected results

      (i) A draft report is submitted to the Committee of Ministers containing opinions and possible proposals concerning the longer-term future of the Convention system and the Court, in accordance with paragraphs 35(c)-(f) of the Brighton Declaration (deadline: 15 March 2015).

      (ii) A draft report is submitted to the Committee of Ministers containing conclusions and possible proposals for action concerning the procedure for the amendment of the Rules of Court and the possible ‘upgrading’ to the Convention of certain provisions of the Rules of Court (deadline: 31 December 2014).

      (iii) Any further results expected on the basis of decisions that may be taken by the Committee of Ministers following submission of the above two reports.

      (iv) Ensure that information concerning the implementation of the Convention and execution of the Court’s judgements is exchanged regularly ‒ in order to assist member States in developing their domestic capacities and facilitate their access to relevant information (compare i.a. paragraph 29 (a) i) of the Brighton Declaration).

      (v) Proposals are submitted to the Committee of Ministers for the possible updating and development of the following Committee of Ministers’ instruments (deadline: 31 December 2015):

        - Recommendation Rec(2004)4 on the Convention in university education and professional training, along with the development of guidelines on good practice in respect of human rights training for legal professionals.

        - Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)3 on effective measures for excessive length of proceedings and its accompanying Guide to Good Practice.

        Activities to this end would depend on the availability of resources in the light of possible decisions concerning (iii) above, the implementation of which would have priority.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the field of human rights.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:
The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- HELP Network Consultative Board;

- committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA));

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- representatives of other international organisations (Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees).


Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Belarus;

- Non-governmental organisations (Amnesty International, International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH), European Roma and Travellers Forum), as well as the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions.

Working methods

Plenary meetings

48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 3 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 3 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

48

114 900

-

-

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

48

114 900

-

-

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

    Main tasks

    Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the DH-BIO shall carry out the tasks assigned to the Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI) by the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine.

    Under the supervision of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), the DH-BIO will conduct intergovernmental work on the protection of human rights in the field of biomedicine assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers.

    The DH-BIO will in particular:

      (i) conduct regular re-examinations foreseen in the Convention and its Additional Protocols;

      (ii) develop further the principles laid down in the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, as appropriate;

      (iii) contribute to raising awareness and facilitating the implementation of these principles;

      (iv) assess ethical and legal challenges raised by developments in the biomedical field;

      (v) co-operate with the European Union and relevant intergovernmental bodies, in particular with a view to promoting consistency between the normative texts;

      (vi) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions3 for which it has been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

    Pillar/Sector/Programme

    Pillar: Human Rights
    Sector:
    Ensuring Social Rights
    Programme:
    Bioethics

    Expected results

    2014:

      (i) Subject to a decision, a legal instrument on the use of predictive health related data for insurance purposes is finalised.

      (ii) Studies on scientific aspects and ethical implications of emerging technologies and their convergence are presented and discussed at a conference.

      (iii) A symposium is held to launch a guide on decision-making-process regarding medical treatment in end of life situation.

      (iv) A public consultation is organised on a draft revised Recommendation Rec(2006)4 on research on biological materials of human origin.

    2015:

      (i) The preparation of a draft additional protocol on the protection of persons with mental disorders with regards to involuntary treatment and involuntary placement is finalised.

      (ii) Priority challenges for human rights raised by emerging technologies and their convergences are identified and examined with a view to the elaboration of a white paper.

      (iii) Subject to the decision by the Committee of Ministers, draft guidelines are prepared to address the issue of prenatal sex selection.

      (iv) The draft revised Recommendation Rec(2006)4 is finalised.

      (v) A round table is organised on direct to consumer genetic testing with experts and representatives of the different fields concerned, including patients and consumer organisations.

Composition

Members:

Governments of the member States are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank, with appropriate expertise in the various aspects of bioethics and able to consider these from a human rights perspective.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:
The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (T-PD), Committee (Partial Agreement) on Transplantation of Organs and Tissues (CD-P-TO) and Committee (Partial agreement) on Blood Transfusion (CD-P-TS);4

- Committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- Other international organisations: European Science Foundation (ESF), OECD, UNESCO and WHO.


Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Australia, Israel;

- Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (KEK);

- Other non-governmental organisations, including professional organisations, which could be invited by the DH-BIO to attend specific meetings of the DH-BIO in accordance with CM/Res(2011)24.

    Working methods

    Meetings:

    48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 4 days

    48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 4 days

    Bureau
    7 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

    7 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

    The Chair or Vice-Chair of DH-BIO may be invited to attend the meetings of the CDDH and its Bureau in order to inform on progress with its work.

    The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.


    The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

4

48

138 700

21 000

-

3 A ; 2 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

4

48

138 700

21 000

-

3 A ; 2 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

DH-BIO

164

Convention for the protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine: Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine

168

Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Being with regard to the Application of Biology and Medicine, on the Prohibition of Cloning Human Beings

186

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning Transplantation of Organs and Tissues of Human Origin

195

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine, concerning Biomedical Research

203

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes

Ad hoc Committee of Experts on Roma5 Issues (CAHROM)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Ad hoc Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the Committee is instructed to:

      (i) study, analyse and evaluate the implementation of policies (national programmes and/or action plans) and identify good practices of member States concerning Roma, with a view to promoting implementation of relevant Council of Europe standards and contributing to the European database on policies/good practices for the integration of Roma set up by the Council of Europe;

      (ii) exchange information, views and experience on member States’ policies, good practices and measures relating to Roma at national, regional and local level, and in the context of relevant instruments of the Council of Europe, in order to assist member States in the development and implementation of effective policies for Roma integration, with due regard to the relevant standards and instruments of the Council of Europe and bearing in mind the specific situation in each member State;

      (iii) prepare recommendations, advice and opinions for the Committee of Ministers, including ad hoc opinions on emerging issues requiring urgent attention;

      (iv) draw up guidelines for the development and/or implementation of policies which promote the rights of the Roma, taking into account the findings of the relevant monitoring and other mechanisms of the Council of Europe;

      (v) keep under review the situation of Roma in member States in the light of relevant legal instruments of the Council of Europe, without pursuing activities relating to monitoring;

      (vi) prepare, review and evaluate its programme of activities and working methods and report back to the Committee of Ministers; receive reports and opinions from the relevant Council of Europe bodies and structures on any matter falling within these terms of reference.

The Committee will seek synergies with the work of other international organisations active in this area, in particular with the European Union.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights
Sector:
Promoting Human Rights
Programme:
Promoting social inclusion and respect for human rights: Roma, Migrants

Expected results

Policies and practice are developed within member States to enhance social inclusion and respect for human rights of Roma:

      (i) National policies of at least 12 member States are examined each year through the Committee’s thematic work.

      (ii) The follow-up to previous thematic reports, focusing in particular on policy changes, implementation of relevant CM recommendations and other instruments, and on the replication of identified good practices, is examined once a year.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are entitled to appoint representatives of the highest possible rank and with the following qualifications:

    - have specialised knowledge of the various issues relating to Roma (legal status, discrimination, health, education, employment, housing, social policy and political participation);

    - have direct experience of the Roma populations, their culture and way of life;

    - have a deep knowledge of the policies on Roma in their country and have a good knowledge of policies in other member States;

    - be in a position to serve as focal points between the Council of Europe and the authorities of their countries about any decisions, documents or recommendations drafted or adopted by the Committee;

    - be in close contact in their country with the Roma populations and the NGOs working in this area;

    - be able to speak and read in at least one of the official languages of the Council of Europe.

If a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected chair).

Participants:

      (i) The following committees may each send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of the corresponding Council of Europe budget sub-head:

        - the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);

    - the European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS);

        - the Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE);

        - the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ);

        - the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR);

        - the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities;

        - the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

      (ii) The Parliamentary Assembly may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

      (iii) The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

      (iv) The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

      (v) The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

      (vi) The Council of Europe Development Bank may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

      (vii) The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

      (viii) The European Union and the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

      (ix) The States with observer status with the Council of Europe (Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America) may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

      (x) The following intergovernmental organisations may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

        - the International Organisation for Migration (IOM);

        - the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR);

        - the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);

        - the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);

        - the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR);

        - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);

        - the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF);

        - the International Labour Organisation (ILO);

        - the World Bank.

      (xi) The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and/or Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of Europe (UNICE) (“social partners”) may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observers:

Having regard to the Partnership Agreement signed between the Council of Europe and the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) on 15 December 2004, the ERTF may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote. The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one ERTF representative, in derogation from paragraph 9 of Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 and taking into account of paragraph 17 of appendix 1 of this resolution. This ERTF representative shall be designated by the President of the Forum.

The following non-governmental organisations may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- the European Roma Information Office (ERIO);

- the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC);

- the Open Society Foundations (OSF);

- the Decade of Roma Inclusion Secretariat Foundation;

- the Forum of European Roma Young People (FERYP);

- the Roma Education Fund (REF);

- the International Step by Step Association (ISSA);

- Amnesty International (AI);

- the Financial Mechanisms Office (EEA and Norway Grants).

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 3 and 4 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 3 and 4 days

Bureau:

3 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 1 day
3 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 1 day

Additional working methods:

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

In derogation from Article 6 of appendix 1 to Resolution CM/Res(2011)24, and in conformity with Article 17 of the same appendix, in addition to the official working languages of the Organisation (English, French), interpretation will be provided into the Romani language and the agenda translated into Romani for regular meetings whenever necessary and within the limits of available budgetary appropriations. Any adopted pertinent texts (e.g. opinions adopted by CAHROM or recommendations adopted by the Committee of Ministers) will be translated into Romani.

The Committee will appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur and a Youth Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The Committee may form small thematic groups to study, analyse and evaluate, through an exchange of experiences, specific issues or areas identified by the Committee. Each thematic group is composed of one or two experts from countries wishing to benefit from the experience of other member States (requesting country) and a small number of experts (usually three or four) from countries wishing to transmit their experience in this area (partner countries). Experts of the thematic group are CAHROM members of the countries concerned or experts appointed by them. The requesting country, through the Secretariat of the Committee, invites the thematic group of experts to visit the country. Within the limits of available budgetary resources, these visits are organised in close collaboration between the requesting country and the Secretariat of the Committee. Thematic reports of the expert group are discussed by the Committee, which decides on their transmission for information to the Committee of Ministers.

The Committee holds two regular meetings a year, one of which should be possibly hosted by a member State. Arrangements with the host country shall ensure that the meeting will not entail additional costs for the Council of Europe.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3 / 4

48

144 900

9 900

26 000

1 A3 ; 1 B2

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3 / 4

48

144 900

9 900

26 000

1 A3 ; 1 B2

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Ad hoc Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

The CCPE is a consultative body composed exclusively of prosecutors, representing the various existing systems of prosecution in the 47 member States and a direct and privileged interlocutor of the prosecutors in member States and of national bodies entrusted with the management of the prosecution services.

The CCPE is entrusted with the proper implementation of Recommendation Rec(2000)19 on the role of public prosecution in the criminal justice system and Recommendation Rec(2012)11 on the role of public prosecutors outside the criminal justice system, and shall, in this respect:

      (i) prepare and adopt at least two opinions in 2014 and 2015 respectively for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues which relate to the difficulties concerning the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2000)19 when dealing with the improvement of the prosecutions services in member States, in particular:

      a. reference document on European norms and principles concerning prosecutors;

      b. prosecutors and investigation.

      (ii) promote the implementation of Recommendation Rec(2000)19, in particular by gathering information on the functioning of prosecution services in Europe and through the organisation of conferences on topics of common concern to the profession; if appropriate, it could initiate a reflection, on the opportunity to propose to relevant committees of the Council of Europe an updating of this Recommendation;

      (iii) provide targeted co-operation at the request of member States, CCPE members, prosecutorial bodies or relevant associations of prosecutors, to enable States to comply with Council of Europe standards concerning prosecutors;

      (iv) prepare texts or opinions concerning the specific situation of prosecutors at the request of the Committee of Ministers or other bodies of the Council of Europe such as the Secretary General or the Parliamentary Assembly.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of law
Sector:
Justice
Programme:
Independence and Efficiency of Justice

Expected results

The status, role and function of prosecutors are protected and strengthened in the member States according to European standards:

      (i) at least two Opinions to the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of prosecutors and the exercise of their functions are to be adopted by the end of 2015, based on the analysis of the current situation and debate in member States and taking into consideration the European standards including Rec(2000)19.

      (ii) specific opinions on given situations in one or several member States concerning the status, the role or the functions of prosecutors are to be adopted by the end of 2015, following the request of Council of Europe bodies or member States.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are entitled to appoint one or more representatives of the highest possible rank within the prosecution system. Members should be chosen in contact, where such authorities exist, with the national authorities responsible for prosecutors and with the national administration responsible for managing the prosecution service, from among serving prosecutors having a thorough knowledge of questions relating to the functioning of the prosecution system combined with utmost personal integrity.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:
The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC);

- Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE);

- European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ);

- European Committee of Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate EUROJUST);

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America.

Observers:

The following non-governmental organisations may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- International Association of Prosecutors (IAP);

- Association "Magistrats européens pour la démocratie et les libertés" (MEDEL).

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 2 days

48 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 2 days

Bureau:

Consisting of the President, the Vice-President and two other members of the Council.

4 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 1 day

4 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 1 day

Additional working methods:

      (i) 2 meetings of limited members of the CCPE (max. 9 members) per year, to prepare the draft Opinion;

      (ii) 1 meeting of limited members of the CCPE (max. 4 members) per year to provide targeted co-operation with member States to comply with Council of Europe standards concerning prosecutors;

      (iii) 1 European conference of prosecutors.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2

48

44 400

10 000

30 000

0,5 A ;

0,75 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2

48

44 400

10 000

30 000

0,5 A ;

0,75 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Ad hoc Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

The CCJE is a consultative body concerning independence, impartiality and competence of judges and the first and only body in an international organisation composed exclusively of judges.

Having regard to Recommendation Rec(2010)12 on judges: independence, efficiency and responsibilities, the CCJE shall:

      (i) prepare and adopt, in 2014 and 2015 respectively, at least two opinions for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of judges and the exercise of their functions:

      (ii) provide targeted cooperation at the request of member States, CCJE members, judicial bodies or relevant associations of judges, to enable States to comply with Council of Europe standards concerning judges;

      (iii) prepare texts or opinions concerning the specific situation of judges at the request of the Committee of Ministers or other bodies of the Council of Europe such as the Secretary General or the Parliamentary Assembly;

      (iv) encourage partnerships in the judicial field involving courts, judges and judges’ associations.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of law
Sector
: Justice
Programme
: Independence and Efficiency of Justice

Expected results

The status, role and function of judges are protected and strengthened in the member States according to European standards:

      (i) at least two Opinions for the attention of the Committee of Ministers on issues regarding the status of judges and the exercise of their functions are adopted by the end of 2015, based on the analysis of the current situation and discussions in member States.

      (ii) specific opinions on given situations in one or several member State concerning the status, the role or the functions of judges are to be adopted by the end of 2015, at the request of Council of Europe bodies or member States and regular information is provided on the situation of judges in Europe based on this work.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are entitled to appoint one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant field. Members should be chosen in contact, where such authorities exist, with the national authorities responsible for ensuring the independence and impartiality of judges and with the national administration responsible for managing the judiciary, from among serving judges having a thorough knowledge of questions relating to the functioning of the judicial system combined with utmost personal integrity.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one judge from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send a representative without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - European Court of Human Rights;

    - Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE);

    - European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ);

    - European Committee of Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

    - European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC);

    - other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send a representative without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Union;

    - Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America.

Observers:

The following non-governmental organisations may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Association of Judges (EAJ);

    - Association “Magistrats européens pour la démocratie et les libertés” (MEDEL);

    - European Federation of Administrative Judges;

    - Groupement des Magistrats pour la Médiation (GEMME);

    - European Network of Judicial Training (ENJT);

    - European Network of Councils for the Judiciary (ENCJ);

    - The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE)

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 3 days

48 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 3 days

Bureau:

Consisting of the President, the Vice-President and two other members of the Council.

4 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 1 day

4 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 1 day

Additional working methods:

      (i) 2 meetings of limited members of the CCJE (max. 9 members) per year, to prepare the draft Opinion;

      (ii) 1 meeting of limited members of the CCJE (max. 4 members) per year to provide targeted co-operation with member States to comply with Council of Europe standards concerning judges;

      (iii) 1 European conference of judges.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

3

48

57 400

10 000

30 000

0,5 A ; 0,75 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

3

48

57 400

10 000

30 000

0,5 A ; 0,75 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Ad hoc Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CAHDI is instructed to:

      (i) examine questions related to public international law;

      (ii) conduct exchanges and co-ordinate views of member States;

      (iii) provide opinions at the request of the Committee of Ministers or at the request of other Steering Committees or Ad hoc Committees, transmitted via the Committee of Ministers

      (iv) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility6, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of law
Sector:
Common standards and policies
Programme:
Development and implementation of common standards and policies

Expected results

      (i) Examine topical questions of public international law.

      (ii) Respond to requests for opinion or exchanges of views requested or transmitted by the Committee of Ministers.

      (iii) Continue its active role as the European Observatory of Reservations to International Treaties.

      (iv) Deepen exchanges of views on the work of the International Law Commission and of the Sixth Committee.

      (v) Continue to update and improve databases managed by the Committee which are related to States practice on immunities of States; organisation and functions of the Office of the Legal Adviser of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and implementation of United Nations sanctions.

      (vi) Review recent developments regarding international disputes, namely cases before the European Court of Human Rights involving issues of public international law.

      (vii) Maintain contacts with lawyers and legal services of other entities or international organisations.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to appoint representatives, experts in the field of public international law, of the highest possible rank, preferably chosen among the Legal Advisers to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member States may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:

The following may send representatives to meetings of the Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- States with observer status with the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico and United States of America;

- The Hague Conference on Private International Law;

- North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO);

- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- The United Nations and its specialised agencies;

- European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN);

- International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL;

- Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE);

- International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC).

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - Australia; Belarus, Israel and New Zealand.

Working methods

Meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.


The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

48

103 400

-

-

2 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

48

103 400

-

-

2 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

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CAHDI

23

European Convention for the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes

61

European Convention on Consular Functions

61A

Protocol to the European Convention on Consular Functions concerning the Protection of Refugees

61B

Protocol to the European Convention on Consular Functions relating to Consular Functions in respect of Civil Aircraft

63

European Convention on the Abolition of Legalisation of Documents executed by Diplomatic Agents or Consular Officers

74

European Convention on State Immunity

82

European Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitation to Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes

European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res (2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDPC’s mandate is to identify priority elements for intergovernmental legal cooperation, to propose to the Committee of Ministers areas for action in criminal law and procedure, criminology and penology, by providing scientific advice, collecting information, conducting activities in these areas and by advising the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives. With this purpose, the CDPC is instructed to:

      (i) steer the legal co-operation among the Council of Europe member States in order to assist member States in developing modern penal policies. In particular, it shall develop common standards in the fields of criminal law and in preventing and combating organised crime, including both substantive and procedural aspects;

      (ii) be responsible for following the functioning of the more than 30 Council of Europe Conventions in the criminal law fields7 (in particular those on extradition, mutual legal assistance, Medicrime, cybercrime, money laundering, protection of victims of crime, protection of children against sexual exploitation and abuse), for their revision and updating as necessary and for facilitating friendly settlements of any difficulty which may arise out of their execution and implementation;

      (iii) be responsible for assisting the member States in the implementation of the European Prison Rules, the European Rules for juvenile offenders, the Council of Europe Probation Rules, as well as the other relevant recommendations in the penitentiary field with a view of ensuring harmonised laws and practices of execution of sanctions and measures throughout Europe. In order to assist member States develop modern penal policies based on validated data and research, it will also ensure the regular collection of the Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE);

      (iv) be responsible, in co-operation with the CDDH and CDCJ, for the preparation of the Conferences of the Ministers of Justice and ensure, as appropriate, for the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conferences. The CDPC will be similarly responsible for the Conferences of Directors of Prison Administration;

      (v) enhance co-operation and transversal activities with other Council of Europe relevant bodies (such as GRECO, MONEYVAL, Pompidou Group, CODEXTER, CEPEJ, CCPE, CCJE, CPT);

      (vi) provide an intergovernmental setting for the negotiation and finalisation of draft legal instruments or draft amendments to existing legal instruments prepared by ad hoc committees and committees of the parties.

      (vii) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions8 for which it has been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sector: Ensuring Justice / Common standards and policies

Programme: Prisons and Police / Development and implementation of common standards and policies

Expected results

      (i) Drafting a CDPC document/guidelines containing “Model provisions” clearly defining a certain number of rules to be duly considered by the expert committees in their drafting work as the base to be followed during future negotiations of any possible convention in a criminal law matter with a view to avoiding long discussions in the ad hoc drafting committees with regard to standard provisions covering general issues such as jurisdiction, corporate liability, sanctions and measures, aggravating circumstances, international co-operation.

      (ii) ensuring the proper follow-up to the work carried out by the Ad hoc Drafting Groups on Transnational Organised Crime (PC-GR-COT) and on Dangerous Offenders (PC-GR-DD) in 2013.

      (iii) ensuring the follow-up to the resolution of the 31st Conference of the Ministers of Justice (Vienna, September 2012) on responses of justice to urban violence and the (mis)use of new modern telecommunication technologies: a) preparation of a compilation of the existing Council of Europe recommendations on juvenile offenders and other legal instruments produced by other organisations (such as UN, EU) and possible follow-up activities, and b) possible organisation of a conference on urban violence in 2014.

      (iv) elaboration of activities related to the statute of the public prosecutor services in the criminal justice system, in co-operation with the Consultative Council of European prosecutors (CCPE) and GRECO.

      (v) drafting a document/report with a view to identifying new forms of behaviour that have emerged in the recent past in connection with the use of modern technologies and that have brought to light possible lacunae in the existing criminal offences/law.

      (vi) in accordance with the relevant CM decision, conduct regular reviews of Council of Europe legal instruments under its field of competence with a view to:

        - propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which CDPC has been given responsibility.

        - where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to the ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation.

        - encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions.

        - assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions; and

        - report back to the Committee of Ministers.

      (vii) examination of previous recommendations adopted by the CDPC in order to assess their current relevance.

      (viii) ensuring follow-up to be given to the 17th and 18th Conferences of Directors of Prison Administration, in particular the problem of overcrowding of prisons.

      (ix) collection, analysis and dissemination of the annual penal statistics SPACE.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one representative of the highest possible rank with the following qualifications: senior officials and experts in the fields of criminal law and criminal procedure, penology or criminology, with responsibility at the national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments to co-ordinate, at national level, all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member States may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE);

- European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CPT) and any other relevant body of the Council of Europe;

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- civil society and representatives of professional communities (to be determined);

- other relevant International Organisations.

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 4 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 4 days

Bureau:

9 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

9 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The Committee shall appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res (2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Subordinate structure(s)

The CDPC provides a coordinating, supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate bodies:

- Committee of experts on the operation of European conventions on co-operation in criminal matters (PC-OC);

- Council for penological co-operation (PC-CP).

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

4

48

162 500

24 600

-

1 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

4

48

162 500

24 600

-

1 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CDPC

24

European Convention on Extradition

30

European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

51

European Convention on the Supervision of Conditionally Sentenced or Conditionally Released Offenders

52

European Convention on the Punishment of Road Traffic Offences

70

European Convention on the International Validity of Criminal Judgments

73

European Convention on the Transfer of Proceedings in Criminal Matters

86

Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition

88

European Convention on the International Effects of Deprivation of the Right to Drive a Motor Vehicle

CDPC

98

Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition

99

Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

101

European Convention on the Control of the Acquisition and Possession of Firearms by Individuals

112

Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons

116

European Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes

119

European Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property

130

Convention on Insider Trading

133

Protocol to the Convention on Insider Trading

141

Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime

156

Agreement on Illicit Traffic by Sea, implementing Article 17 of the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances

167

Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons

172

Convention on the Protection of Environment through Criminal Law

173

Criminal Law Convention on Corruption

182

Second Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

185

Convention on Cybercrime

189

Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems

191

Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption

198

Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism

201

Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

209

Third Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition

211

Council of Europe Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health

212

Fourth Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition

Committee of Experts on the Operation of European Conventions on Co-operation in Criminal Matters (PC-OC)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), the Committee is instructed to:

      (i) monitor and evaluate the operation of the conventions9 on international co-operation in criminal matters with a view to facilitating their practical implementation;

      (ii) discuss practical difficulties encountered by States Parties concerning the European conventions on international co-operation in criminal matters and express non-binding opinions concerning the implementation of the provisions of these Conventions;

      (iii) consider various steps and initiatives to improve the efficiency of international co-operation in criminal matters, including in particular to improve practical co-operation as well as developing normative texts in accordance with the given instructions by the CDPC;10

      (iv) follow developments in other international frameworks (e.g., United Nations, European Union) in the fields covered by these conventions and, where appropriate, propose measures likely to ensure their conformity with such developments;

      (v) follow the application of the European Convention on Human Rights with regard to international co-operation in criminal matters;

      (vi) carry out other specific mandates given by the CDPC;

      (vii) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which the Steering Committee (CDPC) has been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sector: Common standards and policies

Programme: Development and implementation of common standards and policies

Expected results

      (i) one or several model request forms and practical guidelines are developed to facilitate and improve mutual legal assistance in criminal matters.

      (ii) the standard text providing information on the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (appendix to Recommendation No. R (84)11) is completed with a text on the Additional protocol and the model request form appended to Recommendation No. R (92)18 is updated.

      (iii) the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and its Additional Protocol are assessed with a view to their possible modernisation and improvement by the drafting of new standards and/or practical guidelines.

      (iv) issues affecting the implementation of Council of Europe Conventions on international co-operation in criminal matters are addressed. These issues include the relationship between extradition and asylum proceedings, the application of the “aut dedere aut iudiciare” (extradite or prosecute) principle, the use of “assurances” in international co-operation as well as mutual legal assistance for the purpose of proceedings against legal entities.

      (v) concrete problems experienced by Parties to the conventions11 are identified at the earliest stage possible by discussion during meetings and on an on-line forum, practical solutions are proposed and ways are found to facilitate bilateral consultation.

      (vi) where a need has been identified, practical procedural guidelines and bilateral consultation channels are developed to assist practitioners (government officials, judges and prosecutors) in the implementation of the conventions on international co-operation in criminal matters12.

      (vii) the PC-OC user-friendly website is further developed to allow practitioners to find legal and practical information (including, for example, country information, legal standards, case law, practical guidelines, model forms, thematic background papers and non-binding opinions of the PC-OC) needed to implement the main conventions on international co-operation in criminal matters; Practitioners will furthermore have the possibility to ask questions to the PC-OC.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant field of international criminal law, in particular officials in charge of international co-operation in criminal matters.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

    - Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

    - European Court of Human Rights;

    - Commissioner for Human Rights;

    - Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

    - Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);

    - Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE);

    - Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE);

    - European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ);

    - other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Union;

    - Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

    - United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC);

    - International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL);

    - United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI);

    - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR);

    - International Criminal Court (ICC);

    - European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI);

    - Organisation of American States (OAS);

    - Ibero-American Network for International Legal Cooperation (IberRed)

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 3 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 3 days

Working Group meetings:

9 members (Bureau members and 7 members elected by the PC-OC), 2 meetings in 2014, 3 days

9 members (Bureau members and 7 members elected by the PC-OC), 2 meetings in 2015, 3 days

All member States may send representatives to the working group meeting without defrayal of expenses.

Bureau:

The Bureau is composed by the Chair and its Vice-Chair. The Chair and the Vice Chair are elected for a term of one year. The terms of the Chair and of the Vice-Chair are renewable once.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

48

125 500

-

31 600

1 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

48

125 500

-

31 600

1 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), the PC-CP is instructed to:

      (i) follow the developments related to the national policies and practices in the field of execution of penal sanctions and measures in the Council of Europe member States;

      (ii) follow the development of European prison systems and of the services entrusted with the implementation of alternatives to pre-trial detention and with the implementation of community sanctions and measures with special attention being paid to avoiding situations leading to prison overcrowding;

      (iii) assess the functioning and implementation of the European Prison Rules13, the European Rules on community sanctions and measures14, the European Rules for juvenile offenders subject to sanctions or measures15, the Council of Europe Probation Rules16 as well as of other relevant Committee of Ministers recommendations, and make proposals for improving their practical application and, if necessary, for their updating with a view to achieving coherence and comprehensiveness of the standards in the area;

      (iv) prepare binding and non-binding instruments, studies and reports on penological matters;

      (v) formulate opinions on penological matters at the request of the CDPC, of member States or on its own initiative;

      (vi) prepare the Conferences of Directors of Prison Administration (CDAP) and Conferences of Directors of Probation Services and ensures their follow-up as instructed by the Committee of Ministers, and following proposals made by the CDPC;

      (vii) provide guidance and assistance with regard to the collection and publication of the Annual Penal Statistics of the Council of Europe SPACE I and SPACE II.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law

Sector: Justice

Programme: Prisons and Police

Expected results

      (i) Guidance and assistance is provided to the national authorities to improve the conditions of detention and to more efficiently use probation sanctions and measures by following up on the implementation of the Council of Europe standards (notably the European Prison Rules and the Council of Europe Probation Rules) and by creating a platform for exchange of good practices.

      (ii) guidance and assistance is provided to the national authorities in the field of electronic monitoring as a tool for reducing the overuse of imprisonment and for more efficient supervision and treatment of offenders in the community (adoption by the CM of the Recommendation on electronic monitoring and ensuring follow-up to its implementation).

      (iii) organising the 2014 and 2015 Conferences of Directors of Prison Administration (CDAP) and of Directors of Probation Services in order to improve the knowledge of the latest Council of Europe standards.

      (iv) assisting prison and probation services in establishing and maintaining dialogue and co-operation with the judiciary and the legislative authorities in their respective countries on issues relating to the execution of sanctions and measures in order to reduce prison overcrowding and make more efficient use of community sanctions and measures (maintaining the dialogue with judges and prosecutors, in particular with the CCPE and the CCJE).

      (v) the pertinence of the relevant Council of Europe standards is evaluated and their updating as necessary is proposed (revision of the contents of the Compendium of conventions, recommendations and resolutions relating to penitentiary questions).

Composition

Members:

The PC-CP shall be composed of one representative per member State, designated by the Government of that State from among officials of the highest possible rank in the relevant field.

The PC-CP Working Group shall be composed of 9 members, elected by the CDPC in their personal capacity for a period of two years (renewable), with the following desirable qualifications: high-level representatives of prison administrations, of probation services and of juvenile justice agencies, researchers or other experts having a thorough knowledge of penological questions.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative per Council of Europe member State at the plenary meeting of the PC-CP as well as the travel and subsistence expenses of the 9 members of the PC-CP Working Group members.

Member States may also send representatives to the meetings of the PC-CP Working Group without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the PC-CP shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC);

- European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT);

- Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE);

- Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE);

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT);

- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC);

- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Organisation for Probation (CEP);

- International Centre for Prison Studies ;

- Penal Reform International (PRI);

- International Association of Juvenile and Family Court Magistrates (IAJFCM);

- EuroPris.

External consultants:

In its work, the PC-CP shall be assisted, within the limits of its budgetary appropriations, by four scientific experts, two of whom collect SPACE statistics, with specific knowledge of relevant legislation and legal practice, of international standards and conventions relating to penitentiary issues and community sanctions and measures, as well as of the European Convention on Human Rights and the ensuing case law and of recent developments in research and practice in the different European member States.

The Council of Europe budget will bear their travel and subsistence expenses.

Working methods

Working Group meetings:

9 members and 2 consultants, 4 meetings in 2014, 3 days

9 members and 2 consultants, 4 meetings in 2015, 3 days

Plenary meetings:

A plenary session will only be held if the CDPC considers necessary that legal instruments should be approved by the PC-CP in plenary before submitting them to the CDPC.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

4

3

9

[64 000]

-

65 300

1 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

4

3

9

[64 000]

-

65 300

1 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDCJ will oversee the Council of Europe’s work in the field of public and private law and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives. For this purpose, the CDCJ is instructed to:

      (i) steer the legal co-operation among the Council of Europe member States in order to identify new and emerging challenges to member States, make proposals to the Committee of Ministers in areas within its expertise (inter alia family law, children’s rights, nationality, administrative law, justice and rule of law);

      (ii) plan, supervise and evaluate standard-setting activities;

      (iii) promote and facilitate co-operation and understanding between member States;

      (iv) promote and facilitate the functioning and implementation of Council of Europe conventions, agreements and protocols, as well as recommendations, including, where appropriate, of any conventional bodies established by them;

      (v) contribute (if necessary) to the preparation of the next Conference of the Ministers of Justice (subject to invitation), in co-operation with the CDDH and the CDPC, and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the conference;

      (vi) take due account of gender and children’s rights perspectives in the performance of the above-mentioned tasks;

      (vii) contribute to standard-setting work in respect of the protection of personal data and the right to private life, in close association with other relevant Council of Europe bodies (e.g. T-PD, CDSMI).

      (viii) In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility17, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law
Sector:
Common Standards and Policies
Programme:
Development and Implementation of Common Standards and Policies

Expected results

      (i) A legal instrument is prepared, subject to a preliminary feasibility study, on the regulation of lobbying activities.

      (ii) Work is undertaken, in co-operation with DH-BIO, on the regulation of prenatal sex selection

      (iii) Comparative studies are completed and made available on the impact of the internet and new technologies on rules of evidence and modes of proof, and on two rule of law topics to be confirmed by CDCJ.

      (iv) Legislative advice, training and awareness-raising is provided to national authorities and other relevant bodies on Council of Europe public and private law standards relating to (i) public interest disclosures and the protection of whistleblowers, and (ii) integrating a child-friendly perspective into the administration of justice.

      (v) Finalise the instrument on parental dispute resolution (currently under preparation).

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the field of public and private law, with responsibility at the national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments to co-ordinate at national level all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:
The following may send a representative without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send a representative without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Union (including, as appropriate, the Fundamental Rights Agency);

    - Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

    - United Nations International Law Commission (ILC);

    - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR);

    - International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT);

    - Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH);

    - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

    - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

    - Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE-ODIHR);

    - International Commission on Civil Status (ICCS).

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - Belarus.

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 3 days

48 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 3 days

Bureau:

7 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

7 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

3

48

62 300

21 000

-

1 A ; 2 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

3

48

62 300

21 000

-

1 A ; 2 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CDCJ

16

European Convention relating to the Formalities required for Patent Applications

17

European Convention on the International Classification of Patents for Inventions

19

European Convention on Establishment

25

European Agreement on Regulations governing the Movement of Persons between Member States of the Council of Europe

29

European Convention on Compulsory Insurance against Civil Liability in respect of Motor Vehicles

31

European Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Refugees

37

European Agreement on Travel by Young Persons on Collective Passports between the Member Countries of the Council of Europe

CDCJ

41

Convention on the Liability of Hotel-keepers concerning the Property of their Guests

42

Agreement relating to Application of the European Convention on International Commercial Arbitration

43

Convention on the Reduction of Cases of Multiple Nationality and on Military Obligations in Cases of Multiple Nationality

47

Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention

56

European Convention providing a Uniform Law on Arbitration

57

European Convention on Establishment of Companies

58

European Convention on the Adoption of Children

60

European Convention on Foreign Money Liabilities

62

European Convention on Information on Foreign Law

65

European Convention for the Protection of Animals during International Transport

71

European Convention on the Repatriation of Minors

72

Convention relating to Stops on Bearer Securities in International Circulation

75

European Convention on the Place of Payment of Money Liabilities

76

European Convention on the Calculation of Time-Limits

77

Convention on the Establishment of a Scheme of Registration of Wills

79

European Convention on Civil Liability for Damage caused by Motor Vehicles

80

Agreement on the Transfer of Corpses

85

European Convention on the Legal Status of Children born out of Wedlock

87

European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes

91

European Convention on Products Liability in regard to Personal Injury and Death

92

European Agreement on the Transmission of Applications for Legal Aid

94

European Convention on the Service Abroad of Documents relating to Administrative Matters

   

95

Protocol amending the Convention on the Reduction of Cases of Multiple Nationality and Military Obligations in Cases of Multiple Nationality

96

Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Reduction of Cases of Multiple Nationality and Military Obligations in Cases of Multiple Nationality

97

Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Information on Foreign Law

100

European Convention on the Obtaining Abroad of Information and Evidence in Administrative Matters

102

European Convention for the Protection of Animals for Slaughter

103

Additional Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of Animals during International Transport

105

European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions concerning Custody of Children and on Restoration of Custody of Children

107

European Agreement on Transfer of Responsibility for Refugees

108

Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data

123

European Convention for the Protection of Vertebrate Animals used for Experimental and other Scientific Purposes

124

European Convention on the Recognition of the Legal Personality of International Non-Governmental Organisations

125

European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals

127

Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

130

Convention on Insider Trading

133

Protocol to the Convention on Insider Trading

136

European Convention on Certain International Aspects of Bankruptcy

145

Protocol of Amendment to the European Convention for the Protection of Animals kept for Farming Purposes

149

Second Protocol amending the Convention on the Reduction of Cases of Multiple Nationality and Military Obligations in Cases of Multiple Nationality

150

Convention on Civil Liability for Damage resulting from Activities Dangerous to the Environment

160

European Convention on the Exercise of Children's Rights

CDCJ

166

European Convention on Nationality

174

Civil Law Convention on Corruption

175

European Convention on the Promotion of a Transnational Long-Term Voluntary Service for Young People

179

Additional Protocol to the European Agreement on the Transmission of Applications for Legal Aid

180

Convention on Information and Legal Co-operation concerning "Information Society Services"

181

Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, regarding supervisory authorities and transborder data flows

192

Convention on Contact concerning Children

193

European Convention for the Protection of Animals during International Transport (Revised)

200

Council of Europe Convention on the avoidance of statelessness in relation to State succession

202

European Convention on the Adoption of Children (Revised)

208

Protocol amending the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters

Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDMSI oversees the Council of Europe’s work in the field of media, information society and data protection, and advises the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence, focusing on human rights protection and promotion, taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives and of the activities of other international organisations. For this purpose, the CDMSI is instructed to facilitate co-operation among the Council of Europe member States and assist them in the development of common policies, as well as fulfil any other activity which might be assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers. In particular, the CDMSI will:

      (i) oversee the implementation of a Council of Europe Internet Governance Strategy, focusing on the right to freedom of expression on the Internet and the right to impart and receive information regardless of frontiers;

      (ii) develop co-operation at pan-European level, extend this co-operation to its neighbouring regions and engage other relevant stakeholders, preparing instruments with a view to promoting and protecting human rights, the rule of law and pluralist democracy in the Information Society and Internet Governance;

      (iii) review, consolidate and update existing instruments and conduct, where necessary, additional standard-setting work in respect of freedom of the media, paying due attention to professional journalism standards, supporting independence, pluralism and diversity in the media, including public service media;

      (iv) contribute to the implementation of the Committee of Ministers’ Declaration of 13 January 2010 on measures to promote the respect of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights;

      (v) co-ordinate standard-setting work in respect of the protection of personal data and the right to private life, in close association with other relevant Council of Europe bodies (e.g. CAHDATA, T-PD, CDCJ);

      (vi) ensure follow-up to Committee of Ministers decisions taken in light of Resolutions adopted at the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society (Belgrade, Serbia, 7 and 8 November 2013);

      (vii) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility18, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

    Pillar/Sector/Programme

    Pillar: Rule of Law
    Sector:
    Common standards and policies
    Programme:
    Information Society and Internet Governance

    Expected results

      (i) The Council of Europe contributes to enhancing human rights aspects of Internet Governance; to this end draft texts are prepared and submitted to the Committee of Ministers having regard to the Council of Europe Internet Governance Strategy adopted by the Committee of Ministers on:

        a. Network neutrality;

        b. Internet freedom;

      c. Cross border-flow of Internet traffic.

      (ii) A new Internet Governance Strategy 2015-2019 of the Council of Europe is prepared and submitted to the Committee of Ministers.

      (iii) Media freedom and pluralism are promoted and better protected, taking due account of gender equality, youth and children’s issues; to this end draft texts are prepared and submitted to the Committee of Ministers on:

        a. the protection of journalism and safety of journalists;

        b. professional and ethical journalism;

        c. media pluralism and transparency of media ownership;

        d. gender equality dimension in the media coverage of election campaigns (in consultation with the Council of Europe GEC and UN Women).

      (iv) A feasibility study is prepared on the revision of existing texts or on possible new activities in the area of hate speech, in co-operation with the CDDH.

      (v) A report is prepared on the implementation of CM Declaration of 13 January 2010, including proposals for follow-up.

      (vi) Personal data and the right to private life are better protected in the Information society; to this end the CDMSI offers, in consultation with the T-PD, CDCJ and CAHDATA, an intergovernmental setting of 47 for the finalisation and submission to the Committee of Ministers of draft texts on:

        a. data protection and employment;

        b. data protection and the police;

        c. biometric data;

        d. data protection and children.

The CDMSI also contributes to the modernisation process of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108).

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant fields (media policy and freedom of expression, information society and Internet governance, data protection).

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member States may send other representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:
The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER);

- European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

- Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (T-PD);

- Ad Hoc Committee on Data Protection (CAHDATA);

- other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

- European Audiovisual Observatory;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

    - European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights – FRA);

    - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

    - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

    - Organization of American States (OAS);

    - UN agencies (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation - UNESCO);

    - International Telecommunication Union (ITU);

    - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN);

    - Civil society and representatives of business, technical, professional and academic communities.

    Observers:

    The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - Belarus.

    Working methods

    Plenary meetings:

    48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 3 days

    48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 3 days

    Bureau:

    7 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

    7 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

    The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

    The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

48

137 000

21 000

-

3 A ; 3 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

48

137 000

21 000

-

3 A ; 3 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CDMSI

27

European Agreement concerning Programme Exchanges by means of Television Films

34

European Agreement on the Protection of Television Broadcasts

53

European Agreement for the Prevention of Broadcasts transmitted from Stations outside National Territories

108

Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data

131

Third Additional Protocol to the Protocol to the European Agreement on the Protection of Television Broadcasts

132

European Convention on Transfrontier Television

153

European Convention relating to questions on Copyright Law and Neighbouring Rights in the Framework of Transfrontier Broadcasting by Satellite

178

European Convention on the Legal Protection of Services based on, or consisting of, Conditional Access

181

Additional Protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, regarding supervisory authorities and transborder data flows

Committee of experts on protection of journalism and safety of journalists (MSI-JO)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the CDMSI, the MSI-JO will work on the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists and other media actors, taking account of Committee of Ministers thematic debates and decisions and also of the UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists. The MSI-JO will consider other challenges that confront journalism having regard to the resolutions adopted at the Belgrade Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and Information Society.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law
Sector:
Common standards and policies
Programme:
Information Society and Internet Governance

    Expected results

The Council of Europe contributes to the better protection of journalists and journalism and, at a regional level, to the implementation of the UN Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists. To this end, the MSI-JO prepares and submits to the CDMSI:

      (i) Draft recommendation on the protection of journalism and safety of journalists and other media actors.

Composition

Members:

The Committee shall be composed of 11 governmental experts and 2 scientific experts, designated by the CDMSI. The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of all 13 members.

Other member States may designate representatives without defrayal of expenses.

The composition of the Committee will reflect an equitable geographic distribution amongst the member States and will take account of the gender equality dimension.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Union;

    - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

    - UNESCO;

    - Representatives of civil society, professional and academic communities.

Working methods

Meetings:

13 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

13 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

13

-

-

32 200

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

13

-

-

32 200

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Committee of experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom (MSI-INT)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the CDMSI, the MSI-INT will prepare human rights-based standards to protect and preserve the unimpeded cross-border flow of legal Internet content. It will also explore best practice and standards to optimise access to the Internet in light of the freedoms of expression and association as guaranteed by Articles 10 and 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights and in accordance with the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law
Sector:
Common standards and policies
Programme:
Information Society and Internet Governance

Expected results

The Council of Europe contributes to enhancing the respect and promotion of human rights on the Internet and digital environments. To this end, the MSI-INT prepares and submits to the CDMSI:

      (i) Draft recommendation on cross-border Internet traffic.

      (ii) Draft recommendation on Internet freedom.

      (iii) Report on freedom of assembly, expression and access to content on the Internet and proposals for further action to promote them.

Composition

Members:

The Committee shall be composed of 13 experts, comprising seven government or member States’ representatives, designated by the CDMSI, and six independent experts, appointed by the Secretary General, with recognised expertise in the fields of human rights and the Internet. The Council of Europe shall bear the travel and subsistence expenses of all 13 members.

The composition of the Committee will reflect an equitable geographic distribution amongst the member States and will take account of the gender equality dimension.

Other member States may designate representatives without defrayal of expenses.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Union (including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA));

    - European Audiovisual Observatory;

    - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

    - UN agencies (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation – UNESCO);

    - representatives of civil society, private sector, technical, professional and academic communities;

    - Observers from States or organisations other than those referred above shall be admitted to the Expert Committee in the manner and according to the conditions provided in Resolution CM/Res(2011)24).

Working methods

Meetings:

13 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

13 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

13

-

-

32 200

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

13

-

-

32 200

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Ad hoc committee on data protection (CAHDATA)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Ad hoc Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2014

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CAHDATA will finalise and submit to the Committee of Ministers proposals for the modernisation of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108), having regard to the proposals prepared by the Consultative Committee of Convention No. 108 (adopted at its 29th Plenary meeting, 27-30 November 2012) following the mandate it received from the Committee of Ministers (1079th meeting of the Deputies, 10 March 2010).

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law
Sector:
Development of Common Standards and Policies
Programme:
Information Society and Internet Governance

Expected results

      (i) A draft amending protocol to the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108) is prepared and finalised.

      (ii) a consolidated version of the Convention is finalised.

      (iii) the explanatory report to the Convention is updated.

Composition

Members:
The governments of Council of Europe member States, and where appropriate of other States Parties to Convention No. 108, are entitled to appoint as members of the CAHDATA a representative of the highest possible rank from their national ministry or from the relevant public authority responsible for data protection policies.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:
The governments of States that are not members of the Council of Europe which have been invited by the Committee of Ministers to accede to Convention No. 108 are entitled to appoint to the CAHDATA a representative of the highest possible rank from their national ministry or from the relevant public authority responsible for data protection policies, without the right to vote.

The following Council of Europe bodies may send one or more representatives to meetings of the CAHDATA, without the right to vote but with defrayal of expenses at the charge of their respective administrative budgets:

- the Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (ETS No. 108) (T-PD);
- the Parliamentary Assembly;
- the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;
- the European Court of Human Rights;
- the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe;
- the Conference of INGOs enjoying participatory status with the Council of Europe;
- the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) and its Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO);
- the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

- the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC);

- the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY);
- the Steering Committee on the Media and Information Society (CDMSI);
- the Data Protection Commissioner of the Council of Europe.

The European Union may send one or more representatives to meetings of the Committee, without defrayal of expenses. [The Committee of Ministers will decide on the issue of the right to vote of the European Union at a later stage.]

The governments of States that are not members of the Council of Europe which have observer status (Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico and USA) with the Council of Europe are entitled to appoint to the CAHDATA a representative of the highest possible rank from their national ministry or from the relevant public authority responsible for data protection policies, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

Observers:
The following States may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

Argentina, Australia, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dubai, Gabon, Ecuador, Israel, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Malaysia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Vietnam.

The following organisations may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- International Chamber of Commerce (ICC);
- European Privacy Association (EPA);
- European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH);
- International Conference of data protection and privacy Commissioners;
- Europol;
- Interpol;
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);
- French-Speaking Association of Personal Data Protection Authorities (AFADPD);
- Ibero-American Network of Data Protection (RIPD);
- International Commission on civil status (ICCS);
- the Personal Information Protection Commission (PIPC) of the Republic of Korea;
- Internet Society (ISOC);

- Australian Privacy Foundation (APF);
- United Nations (UN);
- Organization of American States (OAS);
- African Union (AU);
- Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS);
- Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN);
- Mercosur;
- Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).

Observers from States and organisations other than those referred to above may be admitted as an observer in accordance with the provisions of Resolution CM/Res(2011)24.

Working methods

Meetings:
50 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 3 days.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The assistance of a scientific expert may be requested.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

50

122 600

-

-

0,5 A ; 0,5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

    Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, CODEXTER shall identify priority elements for intergovernmental legal cooperation, propose to the Committee of Ministers areas for action in the field of terrorism, conduct activities in this area and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. With this purpose, the CODEXTER is instructed to:

      (i) follow the implementation of the Council of Europe instruments applicable to the fight against terrorism, in particular the effective implementation of the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196) ;

      (ii) continue the work: on country profiles on legislative and institutional counter-terrorism capacity, on exchange of best practices concerning, inter alia, preventing and suppressing terrorism, protecting and compensating victims of terrorism and on the examination of other issues related to combating terrorism, while fully respecting human rights and the rule of law;

      (iii) co-ordinate the work of all Council of Europe inter-governmental committees as far as action against terrorism is concerned; and

      (iv) identify possible additional priority activities against terrorism and make appropriate proposals to the Committee of Ministers with a view to intensifying the Council of Europe's action against terrorism, including through preventive measures;

      (v) provide an intergovernmental setting for the negotiation and finalisation of draft legal instruments or draft amendments to existing legal instruments prepared by ad hoc committees and committees of parties;

      (vi) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions19 for which it has been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

    Pillar/Sector/Programme

    Pillar: Rule of Law

    Sector: Threats to the Rule of Law

Programme: Corruption and Threats to the Rule of Law: Organised crime, Terrorism, cybercrime, counterfeiting of medical products, Money laundering – MONEYVAL – and trafficking in human beings – GRETA.

    Expected results

      (i) Co-ordination of the Council of Europe counter-terrorism action.

      (ii) Further analysis by the Committee is provided of the latest terrorist trends (such as the phenomenon of terrorists acting alone, self-radicalisation and the role of the Internet in this regard) and relevant best practices are identified.

      (iii) At least one relevant Recommendation by the Committee of Ministers is reviewed and updated.

      (iv) Follow-up is given, inter alia, in the form of a binding or non-binding legal instrument, to at least one shortcoming in international law and at least ten country profiles are elaborated or updated.

      (v) a Council of Europe counter-terrorism conference is held annually. The Council of Europe standards applicable to counter-terrorism are promoted internationally through participation in the international counter-terrorism effort.

      (vi) a report providing an overview of the implementation of certain provisions of the Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196) by the Parties is published.

      (vii) the database of country profiles on counter-terrorism capacity and the database on the use of the Internet for terrorist purposes is further developed.

      (viii) the database on case law of the European Court of Human Rights relevant for the fight against terrorism is further developed.

    Composition

    Members:

    Governments of member States are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank with responsibility at the national level for the planning and/or development and/or implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and with extensive knowledge of legal or financial questions concerning terrorism.

    The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

    Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

    In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties

    Participants:

    The following may send a representative without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

    - European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ);

    - European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC);

    - Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);

    - Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI);

    - other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate;

    - Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures and the Financing of Terrorism (MONEYVAL).

    The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, Europol and Eurojust);

    - Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

    - United Nations;

    - International Criminal Police Organisation-Interpol (ICPO-Interpol);

    - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

    - Organization of American States (OAS);

    - Organisation for Democracy and Economic Development (GUAM);

    - Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS);

    - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

    Working methods

    Plenary meetings:

    48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

    48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

    Pursuant to the adoption at the 18th meeting of the CODEXTER (7-8 April 2010) of the monitoring mechanism of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196) and subsequent decision of the Ministers’ Deputies on 7 July 2010, subject to its decision, the Group of Parties to the Convention is invited to hold its one-day meetings prior to/after the meetings of the CODEXTER.

    Bureau:

    7 members (the Chair, the Vice-Chair, the Chair of the Group of Parties and four members of the Committee), 2 meetings in 2014, 1 day

    7 members (the Chair, the Vice-Chair, the Chair of the Group of Parties and four members of the Committee), 2 meetings in 2015, 1 day

    The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

    The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

48

96 700

14 600

-

1 A ; 1 B

NB: Budgetary cost of the adjacent meeting of the Group of Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196): € 46 000.

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

48

96 700

14 600

-

1 A ; 1B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

NB: Budgetary cost of the adjacent meeting of the Group of Parties of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism (CETS No. 196): € 46 000.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CODEXTER

90

European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism

190

Protocol amending the European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism

196

Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism

198

Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism

Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Ad hoc Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA) will co-ordinate the positions of all the States Party to the European Cultural Convention on issues relating to anti-doping policy development, support the work of the 6 representatives of the European Public Authorities in the Executive Committee and Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and provide the Committee of Ministers with feedback, direction and advice.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Rule of Law
Sector:
Threats to the Rule of Law
Programme:
Sport and Integrity

Expected results

      (i) Guidelines for common action of Council of Europe member States in their dealings with WADA are prepared.

      (ii) Position papers summarising European consensus are developed and addressed to WADA on any relevant projects or initiatives where consultation is needed and/or desirable.

      (iii) Mandates for the 6 representatives of the European Public Authorities in the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board on matters to be discussed and/or are of importance at the meetings of these two bodies are agreed, and their participation in these meetings is prepared and coordinated.

      (iv) Reports from representatives of the European Public Authorities in the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board are received, discussed and, where appropriate, actions agreed at CAHAMA meetings with a view to proper follow-up to the pan-European strategy on issues related to WADA.

      (v) The general terms of reference of WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board and WADA members appointed by the Council of Europe are kept under review.

      (vi) Selection criteria for designating 3 representatives of European Public Authorities in the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board, as well as indicative votes, are submitted to the Committee of Ministers.

      (vii) Selection criteria for electing WADA President or Vice-President, as well as indicative votes, are submitted to the Committee of Ministers.

Composition

Members:

The Governments of Council of Europe member States and of the other States Party to the European Cultural Convention are entitled to appoint as members of the CAHAMA a high-ranking official preferably from their national ministry or the relevant public authority responsible for anti-doping policies in sport.

The members of the CAHAMA shall defray their own travel and subsistence expenses, in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24.

Each State Party may also designate national, governmental or non-governmental experts to participate in meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Each State Party to the European Cultural Convention shall have one vote.

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- The European Union;

- The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO);

- The 6 representatives of European Public Authorities in the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board.

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA);

- UNESCO

Working methods

Meetings:

Plenary Meetings of the CAHAMA

50 members, 3 meetings in 2014, 1 day

50 members, 3 meetings in 2015, 1 day

Meetings of the 6 representatives of European Public Authorities in the WADA Executive Committee and Foundation Board

6 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days
1 member, 1 meeting in 2014, 1 day

6 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days
1 member, 1 meeting in 2015, 1 day

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur amongst its members.


Ordinary meetings of the CAHAMA will be convened at least one week before the meetings of the WADA Foundation Board and/or Executive Committee. All other meetings are considered as extraordinary meetings.

The Secretary General may convene additional meetings.

A quorum shall be achieved when half of the members of the CAHAMA are present, in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The CAHAMA shall elect a Chair and a Vice-Chair for a two-year term, in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The CAHAMA adopts its own rules of procedure.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

3

1

50

25 000

-

-

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

3

1

50

25 000

-

-

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, and building notably on the achievements in the area of local and regional democracy and the outcomes of relevant ministerial conferences, the European Committee on Democracy and Governance (CDDG) will oversee the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of democratic governance, with a particular focus on local and regional democracy, while taking due account of the role of civil society, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence.

Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to share information about policy, disseminate best practice and develop, as appropriate, proposals for possible standards relating to the modernisation of public administration, strengthening citizens’ democratic participation and democratic governance (including e-governance and e-democracy) at all levels, in particular at local and regional level, and in all forms, as well as to facilitate upon request targeted activities of exchange and assistance between member States in its field of work.

With this purpose, the CDDG is instructed to:

      (i) exchange information, views and good practices among its members, associating as appropriate observers and participants, on issues concerning citizens democratic participation, the modernisation of public administration and democratic governance, in particular from a local and regional perspective, making the most of available electronic means;

      (ii) respond to requests from member States for information on specific issues relating to current or envisaged policies on the modernisation of public administration and on democratic governance (including e-governance and e-democracy) at all levels, in particular at local and regional level, and in all forms (rapid response service for governments);

      (iii) facilitate, upon request from interested member States and within the limit of its resources, targeted activities of exchange and assistance between member States in its field of work, notably regarding local and regional democracy, the modernisation of public administration and transfrontier cooperation. This will be done including through peer-to-peer advice and drawing on the in-depth knowledge of governmental representatives from other member States and the expertise of high-level consultants, having full regard to Council of Europe standards;

      (iv) contribute to the guidance materials and toolkits for the “Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance” and the “Centre of expertise for local government reform”, as requested by the Council of Europe bodies managing the Strategy and the Centre; designate representatives in these bodies as well as, subject to invitation and available means, in other relevant and appropriate fora;

      (v) on the basis of a comprehensive document by the Secretariat, advise the Committee of Ministers on the necessity, purpose, scope, feasibility and budgetary and workload implications of the preparation of a reference text bringing together existing principles and standards of democracy, intended for programming purposes and, if the advice is positive and the Committee of Ministers agrees, prepare such a draft reference text;

      (vi) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility20, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant bodies21, with regard to their respective mandate, and report back to the Committee of Ministers;

      (vii) provide, in its regular meeting reports, information on progress made in the different tasks above and difficulties encountered.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Democratic Governance and Innovation

Programme: Good Governance

Expected results

      (i) Compilation of best practice and guidelines emanating from administrative and modernisation reforms at all levels, in particular local and regional, in member States to assist them in the preparation and implementation of own reforms;

      (ii) Rapid response service enables governments to benefit from knowledge and experience of peers in preparation and implementation of policy and reforms;

      (iii) Peer reviews (up to four) organised upon the request of member States provide advice and expertise to facilitate modernisation of public administration at any level;

      (iv) Updated guidance and toolkits for the “Strategy for Innovation and Good Governance” and the “Centre of expertise for local government reform” reflecting the latest governance practices tailored to the circumstances member States faced today, such as strengthening citizens’ democratic participation.

      (v) in 2014, advice is given to the Committee of Ministers on the necessity, purpose, scope, feasibility and budgetary and workload implications of the preparation of a reference text on the existing principles and standards of democracy. If the advice is positive and the Committee of Ministers agrees, a draft reference text is prepared in 2015.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one or more representatives of the highest possible rank in the relevant field, with senior responsibility at national level for the implementation of democratic (constitutional) principles and/or the planning, development and implementation of policies in the field of democratic governance, in particular at local and regional level and the modernisation of public administration, and/or for co-ordinating government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member States may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

- European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission).

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- Office for Democratic Institutions and Human rights (ODIHR-OSCE);

- Benelux Union.

Observers:

Non-governmental organisations may receive, upon request, the observer status and have the right to send representatives without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

Bureau:

7 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

7 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of committees are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Without prejudice to Resolution CM/Res(2011)24, draft agendas for meetings will be prepared with a view to facilitating participation by representatives, with due regard to the areas of expertise of those representatives.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

48

97 700

19 000

-

1 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

48

97 700

19 000

-

1 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CDDG

106

European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities

122

European Charter of Local Self-Government

144

Convention on the Participation of Foreigners in Public Life at Local Level

159

Additional Protocol to the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities

169

Protocol No. 2 to the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities concerning interterritorial co-operation

206

Protocol No. 3 to the European Outline Convention on Transfrontier Co-operation between Territorial Communities or Authorities concerning Euroregional Co-operation Groupings (ECGs)

207

Additional Protocol to the European Charter of Local Self-Government on the right to participate in the affairs of a local authority

Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the CDCPP will oversee the Council of Europe’s intergovernmental work in the field of culture, heritage and landscape, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to share information on policy, exchange best practice and develop standards as appropriate relating to culture, heritage and landscape policies in States Party to the Cultural Convention and other relevant Conventions.

With this purpose, the Committee is instructed to:

      (i) oversee the programmes adopted by the Committee of Ministers and devise innovative policies and strategies related to the sustainable management of the above sectors; develop new standards (recommendations, guidelines) or adapt existing ones on the basis of the outcomes of field pilot projects aimed at enhancing governance and capacities in culture, cultural heritage, landscape and integrated socio-economic development, intercultural dialogue, confidence-building and post-conflict reconstruction and development;

      (ii) encourage European platforms and networks - including electronic - to collect best practice of, and exchange experiences on, policies and strategies on culture, heritage and landscape and their value for society, bearing in mind the key role of the intergovernmental dialogue;

      (iii) evaluate the impact of technical assistance and pilot projects implemented in the field in the framework of the Co-operation Programme for technical assistance;

      (iv) give a follow-up to the 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture “Governance of Culture – Promoting access to Culture” (Moscow, 15-16 April 2013) on the basis of its final statement and specific Committee of Ministers’ decision, in view of the Council of Europe’s position as a unique pan-European organisation for intergovernmental co-operation in the field of culture; in line with decisions of the Committee of Ministers, follow-up on additional proposals that may arise from relevant reports relating to the sectors of culture and intercultural dialogue, cultural heritage and landscape;

      (v) identify opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action and programmes, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE;

      (vi) perform the tasks provided for in the relevant conventions , in particular as regards the monitoring of the conventions; advise member States, at their request, on policy development at national, regional and local levels using the appropriate Council of Europe instruments: policy reviews, technical assistance, including capacity building and field activities, as well as pilot projects, information systems and public awareness strategies, within existing resources;

      (vii) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility,22 in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Diversity

Programme: Valuing culture, nature and heritage; Building capacities for dialogue

Expected results

      (i) Member States are assisted in the development of democratic policies in the fields of culture, heritage and landscape through thematic policy reviews and the Compendium, HEREIN, ELCIS and Culture WatchEurope information systems.

      (ii) Follow-up given to the 10th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Culture “Governance of Culture – Promoting access to Culture”, notably through the preparation of (a) two guidelines (policy-orientation documents) on actions to address the impact of digitisation on culture and (b) a framework of indicators to measure the impact of cultural activity on democracy and the economic efficiency of financing culture.

      (iii) Examination of a revision of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production for submission to the Committee of Ministers.

      (iv) Preparation of two draft recommendations fostering the implementation of the cultural heritage and landscape conventions, for adoption by the Committee of Ministers.

      (v) Preparation of the 8th Council of Europe Conference for the European Landscape Convention in 2015;

      (vi) Identification of best practices on improving living spaces, social inclusion and quality of life in line with the Faro and Landscape conventions, with a view to their wide dissemination in member States.

      (vii) Evaluation of the lessons learned from the field pilot projects on cultural and natural heritage in South-East Europe, Caucasus and Black Sea regions and selected EU member States, and preparation of policy guidelines.

      (viii) Adoption of recommendations for the granting of the European Landscape Award, for the consideration of the Committee of Ministers.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States of the Council of Europe and of other States having acceded to the European Cultural Convention are invited to appoint one or more high ranking representatives with top responsibilities for the development and management of policy in the fields of culture, intercultural dialogue, cultural heritage and landscape.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each State Party (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

States Party to the European Cultural Convention may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to participate, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:

The following may send a representative, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

    - Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

    - Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

    - Committee of Senior Officials of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Spatial/Regional Planning (CEMAT);

    - Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB);

    - Standing Committee of the Bern Convention (T-PVS);

    - Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe not party to the European Cultural Convention: Canada, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

as well as the following intergovernmental organisations:

- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

- European Free Trade Association (EFTA);

- Nordic Council of Ministers;

- Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (ALECSO);

- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE);

- International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM).

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Israel.

as well as the following non-governmental organisations:

- European Cultural Foundation (ECF);

- European Cultural Centre in Delphi;

- Culture Action Europe;

- European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres (ENCATC);

- European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF);

- European Association of Archaeologists (EAA);

- Europae Archaeologiae Consilium (EAC);

- Europa Nostra;

- International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS);

- Organisation of World Heritage Cities (OHWC);

- International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP);

- European Federation of Landscape Architects (EFLA);

- European Council of Town Planners (ECTP);

- European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS);

- International Association of the European Heritage Network (AISBL).

Working methods

Plenary meetings:
50 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 2.5 days

50 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 2.5 days

Bureau:
9 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 1.5 days
9 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 1.5 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Subordinate structure

The CDCPP provides a coordinating, supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate body:

Committee of experts for the revision of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production (CPP-CINE).(See separate Terms of Reference).

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2.5

50

68 200

23 600

-

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2.5

50

68 200

23 600

-

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant Committee of Ministers’ decision and list of conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CDCPP

18

European Cultural Convention

66

European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage

104

Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats

119

European Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property

121

Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe

143

European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (Revised)

147

European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production

176

European Landscape Convention

183

European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage

184

Protocol to the European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage, on the Protection of Television Productions

199

Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society

Committee of experts for the revision of European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production (CPP-CINE)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of Reference valid from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the Steering Committee for Culture, Cultural Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP), the CPP-CINE is entrusted with the task of assessing the continued relevance of the provisions of the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production and drawing up a revised version of the Convention which takes into account recent technological and financial changes in the European film industry.

The CPP-CINE will submit its final draft to the CDCPP, which will transmit it to the Committee of Ministers for adoption and opening for signature.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Democracy

Sector: Diversity

Programme: Valuing culture, nature and heritage

Expected results

A draft revised convention is prepared and submitted to the CDCPP for approval prior to being sent to the Committee of Ministers for adoption and opening for signature.

Composition

Members:

Each States Party to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-production can appoint one or more experts in the field of cinematographic co-production having extensive knowledge of procedures, legal aspects, mechanisms and approaches at domestic, European and international level.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each States Party.

Other member States may send representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Participants:

    The following may send a representative, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budget:

- Eurimages;

- European Audiovisual Observatory.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Japan, Mexico, United States of America.

as well as the following intergovernmental organisations:

    - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);

    - Conferencia de Autoridades Cinematográficas de Iberoamérica (CACI).

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Israel

as well as the following non-governmental organisations:

    - Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA)

Working methods

Plenary meeting:

43 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 2 days

Working group:

The working group, composed of up to 15 experts nominated by the States Parties, will prepare the proposals for the consideration of the CPP-CINE.

15 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

15

-

-

55 000

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2

43

55 000

-

-

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Eurimages will contribute to the process of revision of the Convention with an amount of €25 000 per year.

Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

    Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers and in the framework of the European Cultural Convention, the CDPPE will oversee the Council of Europe’s programmes in the field of education and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to develop a coherent approach of the role of education on the basis of a broad vision encompassing both values and competences, with particular emphasis on preserving and promoting human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and the ability of our societies to engage in intercultural dialogue. The CDPPE will cover all areas and levels of education. With this purpose, the CDPPE is instructed to:

      (i) develop, at European level, education policies based on the core values and standards of the Council of Europe;

      (ii) exchange ideas, information and good practice among its members, associating, as appropriate, observers and participants, on issues concerning education, making the most of available electronic means;

      (iii) promote and facilitate co-operation and understanding between member States;

      (iv) promote reforms of education systems and policies to further democratic competences and participation and to develop the European Higher Education Area;

      (v) provide advice for policy makers and education professionals in States Party to the European Cultural Convention in implementing education policies in line with the programme of activities adopted by the Committee of Ministers;

      (vi) draw up recommendations and other instruments allowing States Party to the European Cultural Convention to develop education policies in conformity with the principles and standards of the Organisation and implement them;

      (vii) subject to the decision by the Committee of Ministers on the holding of the Council of Europe Conference of Ministers of Education, contribute, as appropriate, to the preparation of the Conference and ensure the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conference;

      (viii) identify opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action and programmes, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE;

      (ix) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions23 for which it has been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

    Pillar: Democracy
    Sector:
    Democratic governance and innovation / Diversity / Participation
    Programme:
    Promoting democratic competences / Building capacity for dialogue /Strengthening participation

Expected results

    Programme: Promoting democratic competences
    Within the framework of this programme, the CDPPE will :

      (i) prepare reference guidelines for developing, in all education contexts, competences necessary for active participation in democracy, human rights and intercultural dialogue, as appropriate in co-operation with the Youth sector;

      (ii) develop descriptors of competences for democracy, human rights and intercultural dialogue for all education actors.

      (iii) develop support tools for the implementation of the Council of Europe Charter on Citizenship and Human Rights Education in the curricula of national education systems of member States.

      (iv) develop new strategy lines in order for educators to integrate competences in their teaching practice.

      (v) develop a European debate on the democratic mission of higher education.

    Programme: Building capacity for dialogue
    Within the framework of this programme, the CDPPE will :

      (i) supervise and support the organisation of training for over 500 education professionals annually in order to promote the respect of diversity and participation in schools.

      (ii) supervise and support the development and testing of 80 new teaching and training resources in the framework of the training activities.

      (iii) support the dissemination of relevant publications and tools in the national education systems of member States.

      (iv) continue to develop policies to promote European identity and mutual understanding and to promote the development of knowledge and skills for intercultural dialogue through education policies, including through taking into account the on-going work in the areas of language education and history teaching, relevant to the core mission of the Council of Europe.

    Programme: Strengthening participation (through quality education)
    Within the framework of this programme, the CDPPE will :

      (i) undertake stocktaking exercises and evaluate the opportunities for the development of specific policies to further quality education and participation in member States.

      (ii) define priority areas and design new measures to assist member States in the process of implementation of the Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)13 on ensuring quality education, with particular reference to the final declaration adopted by the 24th session of the Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education (Helsinki, 26-27 April 2013).

      (iii) contribute to developing the European Higher Education Area, in particular by linking structural reform to European values and the full range of purposes of education as defined in Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)6 on the public responsibility for higher education and research.

      (iv) develop specific measures and tools to increase participation of vulnerable groups in education.

Composition

    Members:
    Governments of the 50 States Party to the European Cultural Convention are invited to designate two representatives of the highest possible rank representing (1) the general education and (2) the higher education sectors, with responsibility at the national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments and by the competent body or bodies representing the universities or other institutions of higher education. Committee members will co-ordinate at national level all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

    The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each State Party to the European Cultural Convention (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

    States Party to the European Cultural Convention may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

    Each delegation shall have one vote.

    In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to participate, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

    Participants:
    The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

    - Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

    - European Court of Human Rights;

    - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

    - Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

    - other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

    The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Union;

    - The following observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

    - Arab League for Education Culture and Science Organisation (ALECSO);

    - Nordic Council of Ministers;

    - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

    - Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

    - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

    Observers:
    The following non-member States and non-governmental organisations may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - Israel;

    - the Conference of European Churches (CEC);

    - Education International (EI);

    - European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE);

    - European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (EURODOC);

    - European Cultural Foundation (ECF);

    - European Federation of Catholic Universities (FUCE);

    - European Science Foundation (ESF);

    - European Students’ Union (ESU);

    - European University Association (EUA);

    - the European Wergeland Centre;

    - the International Association of Universities (IAU).

Working methods

    Plenary meetings:
    51 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 3 days
    51 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 3 days

    Bureau:
    11 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days
    11 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

    The CDPPE elects a Bureau of six members, of whom the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Committee, representing in a balanced way the general and higher education sectors. Two members of the academic community and two NGO representatives, designated by the CDPPE, participate in the meeting of the Bureau, without the right to vote.

    The Committee will also appoint a gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

    The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

    Meetings
    per year

    Number
    of days

    Members

    Plenary

    Bureau

    Subordinate structures/
    Working groups

    Secretariat
    (A, B)

    1

    3

    51

    81 000

    28 200

    -

    0.5 A ; 0.5 B

2015

    Meetings
    per year

    Number
    of days

    Members

    Plenary

    Bureau

    Subordinate structures/
    Working groups

    Secretariat
    (A, B)

    1

    3

    51

    81 000

    28 200

    -

    0.5 A ; 0.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 – Relevant Committee of Ministers’ decision and list of conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CDPPE

15

European Convention on the Equivalence of Diplomas leading to Admission to Universities

21

European Convention on the Equivalence of Periods of University Study

32

European Convention on the Academic Recognition of University Qualifications

49

Protocol to the European Convention on the Equivalence of Diplomas leading to Admission to Universities

69

European Agreement on continued Payment of Scholarships to students studying abroad

138

European Convention on the General Equivalence of Periods of University Study

165

Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education in the European Region

European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the CDDECS will oversee and co-ordinate the intergovernmental work of the Council of Europe in the fields of social cohesion, human dignity, equality and anti-discrimination, and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence.

With the aim of securing the full enjoyment of and access to human rights, including social and economic rights, by all members of society, reducing the vulnerability of people and strengthening the fabric of sustainable democratic societies, the CDDECS will contribute to the promotion of solidarity and protection of human dignity, equality and equal opportunities for all, and the prevention and combatting of violence and discrimination on any ground. On the basis of the relevant Council of Europe strategies24 and taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the CDDECS will enhance implementation of the related standards and policies in the member States and co-operate with other structures and bodies as appropriate. In particular, the CDDECS will:

      (i) oversee, promote and review the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion (2010) and develop appropriate tools to promote social cohesion, combat discrimination, marginalisation, social exclusion and poverty, to foster social justice and the social inclusion of vulnerable groups including migrants, to promote social protection, including its health dimension, to support the families and enlarge the provision of social and health care services;

      (ii) support the implementation of the Gender Equality transversal programme, specifically by promoting and keeping under review the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the work of the Organisation; assisting the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy for Gender Equality 2014-2017; and promote measures to prevent and combat all forms of violence against women and to protect and support the victims;

      (iii) support the implementation of the transversal programme “Building a Europe for and with Children” and of the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2012-2015; support the preparation of the Strategy for 2016-2019; and promote measures to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence against children and to protect and support child victims of violence;

      (iv) oversee the promotion, implementation, follow-up and final review of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, as well as the development of the Council of Europe post-2015 disability framework;

      (v) contribute, promote and support in its field of competence the implementation of standards, in particular through the promotion of the relevant Council of Europe conventions and the work carried out by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), supporting States in the exchange of good practice to address the problems highlighted by monitoring mechanisms, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE;

      (vi) carry out any further tasks on the basis of decisions that may be taken by the Committee of Ministers including with regard to the preparation and follow-up of Council of Europe conferences of ministers responsible for issues falling within its competence, in line with Resolution CM/Res(2011)7 on Council of Europe conferences of specialised ministers;

      (vii) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the Conventions for which it has been given responsibility25, and contribute to the examination of other Conventions that are relevant for the performance of the CDDECS’ tasks,26 in co-operation, where appropriate, with other competent steering committees and the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillars: Human Rights / Democracy

Sectors: Promoting Human Rights / Participation

Programmes: Equality and diversity / Racism and intolerance / Minorities / Children’s rights/ Strengthening social cohesion

Expected results

      (i) the Council of Europe Strategy and Action Plan for Social Cohesion (2010) are promoted and implemented by member States, and in 2015 reviewed by the Committee;

      (ii) the Council of Europe Strategy for Gender Equality 2014-2017 is promoted and implemented by member States; supervision is ensured in particular of activities aimed at reducing all forms of violence against women and domestic violence in the member States; exchange of good practices are promoted;

      (iii) the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child 2012-2015 is promoted and implemented by member States, and the Strategy 2016-2019 is submitted to the Committee of Ministers for adoption by 31 December 2015; member States share experiences and examples of good practice on positive parenting and the provision of social and health care services to children and families; member States are supported in developing comprehensive and coherent strategies to eliminate violence against children and strengthening child-friendly mechanisms, services and systems;

      (iv) the 3rd Conference of Ministers responsible for Social Cohesion (Baku, 2015) adopts a political declaration that will serve as a major guideline for future social cohesion policies;27

      (v) the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 is promoted, implemented by member States, and in 2015 reviewed and evaluated by the Committee; a post-2015 disability framework is developed;

      (vi) relevant European conventions, including the European Code of Social Security (ETS No. 48), the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ETS No. 148), the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (ETS No. 157), the Revised European Social Charter (CETS No. 163), the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No. 197), the Convention on the protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No. 201), and the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CETS No. 210) are promoted and their implementation is enhanced.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one representative of the highest possible rank and expertise in the relevant fields, with responsibility at the national level for the planning, development and implementation of policies relevant to the work of the Committee and appointed by their governments to co-ordinate at national level all elements of government policy relevant to the work of the Committee.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member States may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:
The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

    - Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

    - European Court of Human Rights;

    - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

    - Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

    - Council of Europe Development Bank;

    - Committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate;

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (EUROFOUND);

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- States Party to the European Cultural Convention that are not member States of the Council of Europe;

- Countries concerned with the Council of Europe policy towards neighbourhood regions;

- United Nations including its specialised agencies, programmes, funds and other entities;

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);

- Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC) under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers;

- European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and Conference of European Business (EUROBUSINESS) (“social partners”)


Observers:

    - Amnesty International;

    - Children’s Rights International Network (CRIN);

    - Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE);

    - End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT international);

    - European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD);

    - European Disability Forum (EDF);

    - European Network of Ombudspeople for Children (ENOC);

    - European Roma28 and Travellers Forum (ERTF);

    - European Women’s Lobby and Women against Violence in Europe (WAVE)

    - European Youth Forum (YFJ);

    - Human Rights Watch;

    - International Observatory of Juvenile Justice (OIJJ);

    - International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates;

    - Missing Children Europe;

    - Save the Children;

    - European Network of Equality Bodies (EQUINET).

Working methods

Meetings:

48 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 3 days

48 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 3 days

Bureau:

9 members, 3 meetings in 2014, 2 days

9 members, 3 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

Subordinate structure

The CDDECS provides a co-ordinating supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate body:

- Committee of experts on the rights of people with disabilities (DECS-RPD) (see separate terms of reference)

- Gender Equality Commission (DECS-GEC) (see separate terms of reference)

- Committee of experts on the Council of Europe strategy for the rights of the child 2016-2019
(DECS-ENF) (see separate terms of reference)

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

48

138 200

44 400

-

1.25 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

48

138 200

44 400

-

1.25 ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 – Relevant Committee of Ministers’ decision and list of conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CDDECS

12

European Interim Agreement on Social Security Schemes Relating to Old Age, Invalidity and Survivors

13

European Interim Agreement on Social Security other than Schemes for Old Age, Invalidity and Survivors

14

European Convention on Social and Medical Assistance

20

Agreement on the Exchange of War Cripples between Member Countries of the Council of Europe with a view to Medical Treatment

33

Agreement on the Temporary Importation, free of duty, of Medical, Surgical and Laboratory Equipment for use on free loan in Hospitals and other Medical Institutions for purposes of Diagnosis or Treatment

38

European Agreement on Mutual Assistance in the matter of Special Medical Treatments and Climatic Facilities

40

Agreement between the Member States of the Council of Europe on the issue to Military and Civilian War-Disabled of an International Book of Vouchers for the repair of Prosthetic and Orthopaedic Appliances

59

European Agreement on the Instruction and Education of Nurses

64

European Agreement on the Restriction of the Use of certain Detergents in Washing and Cleaning Products

68

European Agreement on Au Pair Placement

78

European Convention on Social Security

78A

Supplementary Agreement for the Application of the European Convention on Social Security

83

European Convention on the Social Protection of Farmers

93

European Convention on the Legal Status of Migrant Workers

154

Protocol to the European Convention on Social Security

197

Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

210

Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

Gender Equality Commission (DECS-GEC)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS), the DECS-GEC will conduct the intergovernmental work in the field of gender equality assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers. The DECS-GEC will:

      (i) ensure that a gender perspective is maintained in the activities of other committees and bodies of the Organisation;

      (ii) conduct needs’ assessments and advise on the development of standards, co-operation and monitoring activities within its field of competence;

      (iii) provide expertise to member States on the development of legislation, policies, practice, training schemes and awareness material to support implementation of internationally agreed standards at national level;

      (iv) support the implementation of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy (2014-17);

      (v) Support a network of national focal points from government, parliaments, local authorities, civil society and business for the purposes of achieving real change on gender equality in member States;

      (vi) annually identify a topic of particular relevance in the field of gender equality and organise an annual thematic conference to exchange experience, good practices and facilitate progress on this topic;

      (vii) advise, through the CDDECS, the Committee of Ministers and the Secretary General on appropriate action to be taken and likewise provide advice as requested on such questions as may arise;

      (viii) engage in co-ordination and joint planning at international level with the European Union, UN Women and other intergovernmental organisations and civil society;

      (ix) advise on gender equality issues within the Secretariat of the Organisation;

      (x) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility29, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights

Sector: Promoting Human Rights

Programme: Equality and Diversity

Expected results

      (i) gender equality remains a visible priority for the Organisation (internal and external).

      (ii) the 2009 Madrid Declaration and the 2010 Baku Action Plan are being implemented.

      (iii) the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy (2014-17) is being implemented.

      (iv) the implementation of gender equality standards at national level is enhanced.

      (v) the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CETS 210) and the Council of Europe Convention Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS 197 are promoted.

      (vi) combating all forms of violence against women and domestic violence is included on the political agendas of the Council of Europe member States and beyond; awareness is raised within public in general, victims are supported and perpetrators are prosecuted.

      (vii) the implementation of relevant Committee of Ministers’ recommendations is reviewed.

      (viii) the visibility of the Council of Europe’s standards is enhanced at United Nations level.

      (ix) co-operation with relevant UN agencies, namely UN Women and relevant UN Special Rapporteurs and participation in relevant meetings (UN Commission on the Status of Women, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Human Rights Committee, events and conferences organised by UN Women), the World Bank, the OAS, OSCE, OECD as well as at the European Union level, by co-operation with the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), with the aim of strengthening equality and enhancing women’s rights as an integral part of universal human rights.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one or more representatives of the government of the highest possible rank in the field of gender equality.

Each member of the Commission shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

The CDDECS will decide, according to a method that it will determine as the most appropriate and which will ensure rotation, on 16 representatives30 whose travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe. When deciding, the CDDECS will take account of the equitable geographic distribution amongst the member States and the gender equality dimension.

Participants:
The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

    - Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

    - European Court of Human Rights;

    - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

    - Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe;

    - Committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Union (one or more representatives, including, as appropriate, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE));

    - Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

    - Representatives of other international organisations: Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) (including ODIHR), United Nations (including UN-Women and other relevant UN agencies).

Observers:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, European Women’s Lobby and WAVE (Women against Violence in Europe).

Working methods

Meetings:

47 members of which 16 members’ travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe, 2 meetings in 2014, 3 days

47 members of which 16 members’ travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe, 2 meetings in 2015, 3 days

The Gender Equality Commission is an integral part of the Council of Europe Transversal Programme on Gender Equality. With a view to fulfilling its main tasks, the GEC will maintain close links with other elements of the Transversal Programme, notably with the National Focal Points on gender equality.

The Gender Equality Commission will engage in a regular exchange of views with the CM Thematic Co-ordinator on Equality and Trafficking (TC-ET) and Gender Equality Rapporteurs appointed by the respective steering committees and/or monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The Chair or Vice–Chair of DECS-GEC may be invited to attend the meetings of the CDDECS and its Bureau in order to inform them on progress with its work.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

4731

54 700

-

-

2 A ; 1.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

478

54 700

-

-

2 A ; 1.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

DECS-GEC

197

Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

210

Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence

Committee of Experts on the Council of Europe strategy for the rights of the child (2016-2019) (DECS-ENF)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of Reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS), the Committee on the Council of Europe strategy for the Rights of the Child 2016-2019 is entrusted with:

      (i) the preparation of a report on the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of the Child 2012-2015;

      (ii) the draft Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of the Child 2016-2019 to be submitted to the Committee of Ministers for adoption by 31 December 2015.

      (iii) building on the knowledge and experience of the Council of Europe Network of National Focal Points on the Rights of the Child;

      (iv) conducting a consultation with the Council of Europe member States, international organisations and partners, experts and NGOs working in the area of the rights of the child with the view of fostering synergies and complementarity.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights

Sector: Promoting Human Rights

Programme: Children’s Rights

Expected results

      (i) Take stock of the implementation of the Council of Europe Strategy on the Rights of the Child (2012-2015).

      (ii) Undertake consultation to assess needs and opportunities in the field of children’s rights and advise on action to be taken by the Council of Europe in this area.

      (iii) Agree on a draft Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2019) to be presented to the Committee of Ministers for adoption by 31 December 2015.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to designate one or more representative of the highest possible rank, with wide expertise and high responsibilities in the field of children’s rights.

Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

The CDDECS will decide, according to a method that it will determine as the most appropriate, on 16 representatives whose travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe. When deciding, the CDDECS will take account of the equitable geographic distribution amongst the member States and the gender equality dimension.

Participants :

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their administrative budgets:

- Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the of the Council of Europe;

- European Court of Human Rights;

- European Committee of Social Rights;

- Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

- relevant Council of Europe intergovernmental committees;

- Conference of INGOs.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- European Union: one or more representatives, including the European Commission, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), European Working Group on Children;

- Other international organisations including: United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR); World Health Organisation (WHO), United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (UN SRSG VAC), International Organisation of the Francophonie’s (OIF), Council of the Baltic States (CBSS).

Observers:

The following (non-exhaustive list) may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- Belarus;

- Countries concerned with the Council of Europe policy towards neighbourhood regions;

- Eurochild;

- European Network of Ombudspeople for Children (ENOC);

- Children’s Rights Information Network (CRIN);

- Inter-agency Panel on Juvenile justice (IPJJ);

- End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT international);

- Save the Children;

- SOS Children’s Villages;

- Missing Children Europe;

- Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union (COFACE);

- International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates;

- Other civil society and representatives of professional communities (to be determined).

Working methods

Meetings:

47 members of which 16 members’ travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe, 1 meeting in 2014, 2 days

47 members of which 16 members’ travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The Committee is an integral part of the Council of Europe Transversal Programme “Building a Europe for and with Children”. With a view to fulfilling its main tasks, the Committee will maintain close links with other elements of the Transversal Programme, notably with the Network of National Focal Points on the Rights of the Child;

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2

4732

26 300

-

-

0.5 A ; 0.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

479

37 600

-

-

1 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Committee of Experts on the Rights of People with Disabilities (DECS-RPD)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS), the DECS-RPD shall:

      (i) assist member States in the promotion, implementation, follow-up and evaluation of the national measures taken in pursuance of Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation Rec(2006)5: “Council of Europe Action Plan to promote the rights and full participation of people with disabilities in society: improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in Europe 2006-2015” (‘Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015’), the anti-discriminatory provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights (ETS No. 5), the European Social Charter and in particular of Article 15 of the revised European Social Charter (ETS No. 163), and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), by developing and strengthening relevant targeted and mainstream policies and standards founded on the social and human rights-based model of disability, with particular focus on the issues of empowerment of people with disabilities and their participation in the life of society;

      (ii) provide a platform for the exchange of information, experience, knowledge and examples of innovative practices in a structured way, and for the development of co-operation and technical assistance projects;

      (iii) effectively co-ordinate relevant intergovernmental and intra-institutional co-operation in this area, as well as co-operation with interested international organisations and observers, including civil society, and in particular organisations of and for people with disabilities;

      (iv) identify opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary action and programmes, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE;

      (v) elaborate proposals for the Council of Europe post-2015 five-year disability framework (post Disability Action Plan frame) based on the evaluation of the implementation of the Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 in member States.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights
Sector:
Promoting Human Rights
Programme:
Equality and Diversity

Expected results

Targeted policies and standards are established or strengthened to improve the protection of the rights of

people with disabilities, notably through:

      (i) evaluation of the implementation of the Disability Action Plan 2006-2015 and establishment of priority fields of action for the period from 2016 until 2020.

      (ii) exchange of good practices in the national implementation of the Disability Action Plan, in particular of Action Lines No. 1 (Participation in political and public life) and No. 12 (Legal protection) and Recommendation CM/Rec(2011)14 on the participation of persons with disabilities in political and public life.

      (iii) promotion of independent living and participation of people with disabilities in cultural life in the light of the Disability Action Plan’s Lines No. 2 (Participation in cultural life), No. 6 (The built environment), No. 7 (Transport), No. 8 (Community living), and of a forthcoming Committee of Ministers’ Recommendation on ensuring full, equal and effective participation of persons with disabilities in culture, sports, tourism and leisure activities (to be adopted by the Committee of Ministers’ in late 2013 or early 2014).

Standards and analyses of policies concerning people with disabilities, in particular vulnerable groups such as women, children and young people with disabilities, are promoted and disseminated to relevant stakeholders.

Composition

Members:

Governments of member States are invited to appoint representatives with the relevant qualifications and/or responsibility in the field of protection and promotion of the rights of people with disabilities. The competencies of member States’ representatives to the Committee should correspond to the comprehensive multidisciplinary nature of the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015, and to the objectives to be reached during the years 2014-2015.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member State (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Member States may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

    - Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

    - European Court of Human Rights;

    - Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights;

    - Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.

    - Governmental Committee of the European Social Charter and of the European Code of Social Security;

    - Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS);

    - Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB);

    - Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH);

    - European Committee on Legal Cooperation (CDCJ);

    - Joint Council on Youth (CMJ);

    - Gender Equality Commission (DECS-GEC);

    - Steering Committee for Education Policy and Practice (CDPPE);

    - Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP);

    - Steering Committee on Media and Information Society (CDMSI);

    - Other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- The European Union (including as appropriate the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA));

- Observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- United Nations Organisation (UN);

- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);

- United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF);

- World Health Organization (WHO);

- International Labour Organisation (ILO);

- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);

- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR);

- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);

- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD);

- Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC) under the aegis of the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Observers:

The following organisations may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

    - European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD);

    - European Disability Forum (EDF);

    - Rehabilitation International (RI).

Working methods

Meetings:

48 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 3 days

48 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 3 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The Committee may appoint other rapporteurs or a drafting committee or both, in particular with a view to defining new priorities in the field of disability-related policies for the period from 2016 to 2020.

The Committee’s work shall include relevant transversal perspectives, inter alia, on children, youth, gender and ageing of people with disabilities, in all areas of their work.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

3

48

66 400

-

39 300

1.25 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

3

48

66 400

-

39 300

1.25 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) will oversee the Council of Europe’s programme in the field of youth and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to stimulate co-operation between the governments of the States party to the European Cultural Convention, with a view to developing youth policies which are likely to ensure young people’s successful integration into society. The CDEJ acts as the governmental partner in the co-management structures of the youth sector (the non-governmental partner being the Advisory Council on Youth, CCJ); CDEJ and CCJ co-operate within the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) in order to establish the priorities of the Council of Europe youth sector. With this purpose, the CDEJ is instructed to:

      (i) promote the values of the Council of Europe;

      (ii) elaborate standards and instruments of youth policy where necessary;

      (iii) review national youth policies and advise governments on their youth policy;

      (iv) promote youth information as a full part of youth policy in line with Recommendation R(90)7 of the Committee of Ministers concerning information and counselling for young people in Europe and Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)8 on youth information;

      (v) stimulate youth research in Europe and support co-operation between youth researchers;

      (vi) promote training, lifelong training and education in connection with Council of Europe youth policies and programmes as well as youth activities and youth leaders through the Strasbourg and Budapest European Youth Centres;

      (vii) promote quality standards through the granting of the Council of Europe Label to youth centres in Europe;

      (viii) contribute to transversal activities of the Council of Europe involving youth;

      (ix) designate every two years, from among its members, those who shall be invited to represent it on the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ), the co-management body in charge of establishing the programme of activities of the youth sector;

      (x) contribute to the preparation of the Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers responsible for youth and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conferences.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Democracy
Sector:
Democratic governance and innovation
Programme:
Good Governance

Expected results

Member States have developed and applied youth policies based on the Council of Europe standards, with a view to supporting young people’s access to rights. The programme of activities implemented under the responsibility of the CDEJ includes:

      (i) International youth policy reviews of two member States (to be identified).

      (ii) Follow-up of previous international reviews of national youth policies (to be identified).

      (iii) Youth policy advisory missions upon request.

      (iv) Preparation of policy standards promoting the access of young people to rights (follow-up to the 9th Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Youth).

      (v) Implementation of the project “Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres”.

      (vi) Annual Summer University of the CDEJ, to examine a specific topical youth policy issue and improve the capacity of CDEJ and Advisory Council members to actively participate in the Council of Europe youth structures and programmes.

      (vii) implementation of the partnership with the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA), to improve the quality of youth information services in the member States.

Composition

Members:

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one representative from each State Party to the European Cultural Convention (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

States Party to the European Cultural Convention may send other representatives without defrayal of expenses.

Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

Participants:

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets:

    - Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe;

    - Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe;

    - Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice (CDPPE);

    - European Steering Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS);

    - Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape (CDCPP);

    - Other Council of Europe intergovernmental committees as appropriate.

The following may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Union;

- The following observer States to the Council of Europe: Canada, Japan, Mexico, United States of America;

- Ibero-American Youth Organisation;

- Secretariat of the Youth Programme of the Commonwealth.

Observers:

The following non-governmental organisations may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses:

- European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA);

- European Youth Card Association (EYCA);

- European Youth Forum.

The “Pool of European Youth Researchers” (PEYR), co-operating with the Council of Europe Youth Department and the European Commission in the framework of their partnership in the field of youth, will be invited to send a representative, without the right to vote. The expenses of this representative are borne by the Council of Europe in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Working methods

Meetings:

50 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 3 days

50 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 3 days

(held in parallel with the meetings of the Advisory Council on Youth and including the meetings of the Joint Council on Youth)

Bureau:

8 members, including the Chair and Vice-Chair.

2 meetings of 2 days each per year, held in parallel with the meetings of the Bureau of the Advisory Council on Youth and including the meetings of the Bureau of the Joint Council on Youth.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The meetings of the CDEJ are held at the European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe. However, the Secretary General may authorise the holding of meetings elsewhere, in particular in other Council of Europe premises, in accordance with the principles of sound management and within the resources available.

Additional working methods:

Meetings/special events involving CDEJ members.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

50

115 000

21 000

-

1 A ; 0.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

50

115 000

21 000

-

1 A ; 0.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Ad hoc committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ) will advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions relating to youth. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to act as the non-governmental partner in the co-management structures of the youth sector (the governmental partner being the European Steering Committee for Youth, CDEJ); the CCJ and CDEJ co-operate within the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) in order to establish the priorities of the Council of Europe youth sector. With this purpose, the Advisory Council on Youth is instructed to:

      (i) contribute to the effective mainstreaming of youth policies across the Council of Europe programme of activities by formulating opinions and proposals on general or specific questions concerning youth in the Council of Europe; where appropriate, to address these opinions and proposals to the Committee of Ministers or other bodies of the Council of Europe. The Advisory Council on Youth may also be invited by the Committee of Ministers to formulate opinions on general or specific questions concerning youth policy;

      (ii) formulate opinions and proposals concerning the priorities, expected results and budget allocations for the youth sector;

      (iii) designate for two years, from among its members, those who shall be invited to represent it in the Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ), the co-management body in charge of establishing the programme of activities of the youth sector.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Democracy
Sector:
Democratic governance and innovation / Diversity / Participation

Programmes33: Promoting democratic competencies / Building capacities for dialogue / Strengthening participation / Strengthening social cohesion / European Youth Centres / European Youth Foundation

Expected results

The Advisory Council on Youth is a non-governmental consultative body working within the co-management structures. In as much as it expresses opinions and makes proposals on the priorities, expected results and budget allocations for the youth sector, it relates to the expected results of activities to be supervised by the Joint Council on Youth.

Composition

Members:

30 members:

      (i) 7 representatives of national youth councils properly constituted in the member States of the Council of Europe, and the other States which participate in the activities of the programme of the Youth Department, designated by the Committee of Ministers on the proposal of the European Youth Forum;

      (ii) 13 representatives of international non-governmental youth organisations (INGYOs) designated by the Committee of Ministers on the proposal of the European Youth Forum;

      (iii) 10 representatives of non-governmental youth organisations or networks, not members of the European Youth Forum, designated by the Committee of Ministers on the proposal of the Secretary General.

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of these representatives.

Participants:

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send one representative, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

Observers:

The European Youth Forum may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

The Pool of European Youth Researchers (PEYR), co-operating with the Council of Europe Youth Department and the European Commission in the framework of their partnership in the field of youth, will be invited to send a representative without the right to vote. The expenses of this representative are borne by the Council of Europe in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Working methods

Meetings:

2 meetings in 2014, 3 days

2 meetings in 2015, 3 days

(held in parallel with the meetings of the European Steering Committee for Youth and including the meetings of the Joint Council on Youth.)

Bureau:

5 members including the Chair and Vice-Chair.

2 meetings of 2 days each per year, held in parallel with the meetings of the Bureau of the European Steering Committee for Youth and including the meetings of the Bureau of the Joint Council on Youth.

The Advisory Council on Youth will establish its rules of procedure in derogation from the provisions of Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Additional working methods:

Special meetings/events involving CCJ members.

Budgetary information*

The CCJ is financed by the subsidiary budget of the European Youth Centres.

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

30

52 400

10 000

-

1.5 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

3

30

52 400

10 000

-

1.5 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Joint Council on Youth (CMJ)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Ad hoc Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) will oversee the Council of Europe’s programme in the field of youth and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its area of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the Joint Council on Youth, within the framework of the Council of Europe policy established by the Committee of Ministers, is the youth policy-making body of the youth sector, bringing together the members of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ). With this purpose, the Joint Council on Youth is instructed to:

      (i) develop, jointly between member States and non-governmental youth organisations, standards of European youth policy with a view to submitting them, where appropriate, to the Committee of Ministers and other relevant bodies of the Council of Europe;

      (ii) prepare the priorities and expected results of the youth sector, and apportion the budgetary means available within the political and budgetary framework established by the Committee of Ministers

      (iii) establish the structure and programme policy of the youth sector;

      (iv) contribute to the effective mainstreaming of youth policies across the Council of Europe’s programme of activities;

      (v) contribute to transversal activities of the Council of Europe involving youth;

      (vi) evaluate on a regular basis the implementation of Resolution CM/Res(2008)23 on the Council of Europe policy in the field of youth;

      (vii) where appropriate contribute to the preparation of the Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers responsible for Youth and ensure, as appropriate, the follow-up of any decision taken by the Committee of Ministers subsequent to the Conferences;

      (viii) identify opportunities for Council of Europe input and/or complementary Council of Europe action and programmes, taking into account the activities of other international organisations, in particular the European Union, the United Nations and the OSCE.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Democracy
Sectors:
Democratic governance and innovation / Diversity / Participation /

Programmes: Good governance / Promoting democratic competencies / Building capacities for dialogue; Strengthening participation / Strengthening social cohesion / European Youth Centres / European Youth Foundation.

Expected results

Democratic Governance and innovation

    Good governance

    (i) Member States have developed and applied youth policies based on Council of Europe standards, with a view to supporting young people’s access to rights.

    Promoting democratic competences

    (ii) Youth NGOs have increased their competences in human rights education and education for democratic citizenship to act as multipliers in member States.

    Diversity

    Building capacities for dialogue

    (iii) Youth NGOs are better prepared to contribute in peace building, conflict transformation and intercultural dialogue with neighbouring regions.

    (iv) Member States and non-governmental partners have actively committed themselves in the youth campaign “no hate speech movement”.

    Participation

    Strengthening participation

    (v) Policy and practice to further quality education in States members of the cultural convention are developed.

    (vi) Roma and other vulnerable groups are empowered and their participation is enhanced through education and youth work.

    Strengthening social cohesion

    (vii) Education and training have contributed to young people’s autonomy and a better transition from education to working life/labour market.

    (viii) The access of young people to social rights is improved by developing youth policy responses to exclusion, discrimination and xenophobia, in particular in disadvantaged areas and for vulnerable groups.

    European Youth centres

    (ix) Young people, other sectors of the Council of Europe and external partners are provided with quality residential/training infrastructure compatible with non-formal educational methods. and self-financing activities.

    European Youth Foundation

    (x) European youth structures and NGOs find the means to develop their projects aiming at the promotion of peace, understanding and co-operation.

Composition

Members:

The members of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the members of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ).

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of each member (two in the case of the State whose representative has been elected Chair).

Participants:
The participants in the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), without the right to vote and at the charge of their corresponding administrative budgets

Observers:

The observers in the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) and the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses;

The “Pool of European Youth Researchers” (PEYR), co-operating with the Council of Europe Youth Department and the European Commission in the framework of their partnership in the field of youth, will be invited to send a representative without the right to vote. The expenses of this representative are borne by the Council of Europe in derogation from Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Working methods

Meetings:

2014: 2 meetings during the meetings of the CDEJ and Advisory Council on Youth

2015: 2 meetings during the meetings of the CDEJ and Advisory Council on Youth

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Subordinate structure

In order to prepare the decisions on the complex annual programmes of the European Youth Centres, and on the grants to be made by the European Youth Foundation, the Joint Council on Youth is assisted by a subordinate committee (“the Programming Committee on Youth”) bringing together representatives of member States and non-governmental youth organisations (“co-management”) (see separate Terms of Reference).

Budgetary information

The meetings of the CMJ take place during the meetings of the CDEJ and the CCJ with no extra costs.

Programming Committee on Youth (CPJ)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Subordinate body

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the supervision of the Joint Council on Youth (CMJ) and according to the decisions of the Joint Council on Youth on the priorities and expected results of the youth sector, and on the apportionment of the budgetary means available, the Programming Committee on Youth,

      (i) establishes the programmes of the European Youth Centres (Strasbourg and Budapest) and of the European Youth Foundation;

      (ii) monitors the implementation and ensures follow-up to the Centres' and the Foundation’s programmes.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Democracy
Sector:
Democratic governance and innovation, Diversity and Participation
Programmes:
Promoting democratic competencies, Building capacities for dialogue, Strengthening participation, Strengthening social cohesion, European Youth Centres and European Youth Foundation.

Expected results

      (i) to establish, according to the decisions of the Joint Council on Youth on the priorities and expected results of the youth sector, and on the apportionment of the budgetary means available, the programmes of the European Youth Centres (Strasbourg and Budapest) and of the European Youth Foundation for 2014 and 2015.

      (ii) to monitor the implementation and ensure follow-up of the Centres' and the Foundation’s programmes in 2014 and 2015.

Composition

Members:

Up to sixteen members:

      (i) up to eight members of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ) representing governments from the member States of the Council of Europe, designated by the CDEJ with due regard to a well-balanced geographical distribution;

      (ii) up to eight members of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), designated by the CCJ.

The Council of Europe will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of each member.

Participants:

The European Commission may send representatives to the meetings of the Programming Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observers:

The European Youth Forum may send representatives to meetings of the Programming Committee without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Working methods

Meetings:

16 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

16 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

The Programming Committee on Youth will establish its rules of procedure in derogation from the provisions of Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Budgetary information*

The CPJ is financed by the subsidiary budget of the European Youth Centres.

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

16

-

-

22 300

0.75 A ;

0.75 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

16

-

-

22 300

0.75 A ;

0.75 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

PART 2: EUROPEAN DIRECTORATE FOR THE QUALITY OF MEDECINES AND HEALTHCARE

European Committee of Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-PH)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in its composition restricted to the representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia, the CD-P-PH will

      (i) fulfil the tasks of the Public Health Committee set out in the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia (ETS No. 50), as amended by the Protocol (ETS No. 134), Articles 2, 3, 4 and 8;

      (ii) fulfil the tasks of the Public Health Committee set out in Resolution ResAP(2007)1 on the classification of medicines as regards their supply;

      (iii) contribute to improving public health and reducing health inequalities via developing harmonised provisions and practices including the rational use of medicines, implementing and promoting pharmaceutical care34 in Europe;

      (iv) minimise public health risks posed by counterfeit medical products and similar through

        a. support to the preparation, implementation and follow-up of relevant national legislation and international legal instruments, in particular the Convention on the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes involving threats to public health (MEDICRIME Convention) (ETS No. 211) which ranks in the preamble the prevention of threats to public health from the counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes on a prominent position besides combating of such crimes, notably, chapters IV (Article 17), V (Article 18), VII (Article 22) and VIII (Follow-up mechanism) and its explanatory report, which foresees the contribution of the competent intergovernmental or scientific committee of the Council of Europe including the CD-P-PH and its CD-P-PH/CMED with a view to contribute to a multi-sectorial approach.

        b. the preparation and implementation of specific multisectorial prevention and risk management policies and strategies;

      (v) contribute to the multisectorial and multidisciplinary follow-up mechanism ensured by the Committee of the Parties to the MEDICRIME Convention;

      (vi) ensure and monitor adequate follow-up to the results of the relevant activities of the Council of Europe and at national level in States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia;

      (vii) facilitate the development and maintenance of links with relevant European institutions and international organisations being active in the field, in particular the European Commission and the World Health Organisation (WHO);

      (viii) approve proposals for resolutions prepared for adoption by the Committee of Ministers or adopt any document, guideline, or specific activity programme to be implemented in relation with its terms of reference;

      (ix) while taking account of the progress of its work, prepare, under its responsibility, proposals for the programme of activities for the coming years;

      (x) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility35, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights

Sector: Ensuring Social Rights
Programme:
European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM)

Expected results

Taking account of the Third Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the Council of Europe Action Plan (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005) laying down the protection of health as a social human right among the principal tasks of the Council of Europe including support to work on equity of access to care of appropriate quality, and services meeting the needs of the population in a patient-oriented way; the CD-P-PH will have:

      (i) contributed to patient safety, the accessibility of medicines to patients and the responsible use of medicines through promoting the annual revisions 2014 and 2015 of the appendices of Committee of Ministers (Partial Agreement) Resolution ResAP(2007)1 on the classification of medicines as regards their supply and good classification practices taking account of trends in demography, use of medicines in society and medicines’ supply modes.

      (ii) further promoted in 2014 and 2015 including in States with observer status with the European Pharmacopoeia Commission, the implementation and use of the MEDICRIME Convention, a legal instrument with global vocation, on senior policy-making level with special attention to training, prevention and multidisciplinary cooperation among competent authorities in co-operation with other relevant Council of Europe bodies, in particular the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC). It will contribute further through the building of expertise supporting the future Committee of the Parties and overseeing the finalisation of an inventory of proven risk management, prevention, identification methods and on methods to better identify health damage caused by medicrime.

      (iii) further promoted in 2014 and 2015 at senior-policy-making level policies and practices for the rational use of medicines based on evidence, through overseeing the development and implementation of indicators for the quality of pharmaceutical care, the implementation of Resolution CM/Res AP (2011)1 on quality and safety assurance requirements for medical products prepared in pharmacies for the special needs of patients in particular as regards reconstitution of medicines and overseeing the development of guidance for automated dose-dispensing.

Composition

Members:

Governments of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia are invited to designate a representative of the highest possible rank, such as the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer. Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

The sending authorities of the member States will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for their representatives’ participation in the meetings of the CD-P-PH. The travel and subsistence expenses of the Chair for participating in the meetings of the CD-P-PH will be borne by the specific budgetary appropriations of the CD-P-PH.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:

Committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly, the European Court of Human Rights, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the expense of their corresponding administrative budgets.

Council of Europe member States other than mentioned above under “Members” and other States with observer status to the European Pharmacopoeia Commission may send a representative to the meetings of the CD-P-PH, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observer States to the Council of Europe may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

The European Union is entitled to appoint a representative to the meetings of the CD-P-PH, without the right to vote except for the fulfilment of the tasks mentioned under item i, and without defrayal of expenses.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) may send a representative to the meetings of the
CD-P-PH, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observers:

Any non-governmental organisation active in the field of pharmaceuticals or pharmaceutical care may ask for observer status in accordance with the provisions of Resolution CM/Res(2011)24.Observers shall have neither the right to vote nor defrayal of expenses.

Working methods

Plenary Meetings:

37 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 2 days

37 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 2 days

Extraordinary meetings of the CD-P-PH can be convened upon motivated request by the Chairperson.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

With a view to reaching its objectives and to enable multidisciplinary working methods, the CD-P-PH may in derogation of CM/Res(2011)24, within the limit of budgetary attributions, create subordinate bodies.

Subordinate structures to the CD-P-PH

The CD-P-PH has a coordinating, supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate bodies:

Committee of Experts on the classification of medicines as regards their supply (CD-P-PH/PHO),

Committee of Experts on quality and safety standards in pharmaceutical practices and pharmaceutical care (CD-P-PH/PC),

Committee of Experts on minimising public health risks posed by counterfeiting of medical products and similar crimes (CD-P-PH/CMED)

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members (at sending authorities expenses)

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2

37

7 200

-

-

1 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

(at sending authorities expenses)

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2

37

7 200

-

-

1 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

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CP-P-PH

50

Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia

134

Protocol to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia

Consumer Health Protection Committee (Partial agreement) (CD-P-SC)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee
: Steering committee

Terms of reference valid: from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Ensuring consumer health protection in the fields of cosmetics and food packaging materials and improving product quality and safety is an important element of the protection of health as a social human right and essential condition for social cohesion.

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in its composition restricted to the representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia, the Consumer Health Protection Committee (hereinafter the “CD-P-SC”) shall pursue the following activities:

      (i) examine questions related to the quality and safety of cosmetics and food packaging materials;

      (ii) set standards and define policies and practices for product quality and safety in the fields of cosmetics and food packaging materials, promote and monitor their implementation with a view to ensuring consumer health protection and, where deemed necessary, approve proposals for resolutions prepared for adoption by the Committee of Ministers;

      (iii) to collect and evaluate quality and safety data on packaging materials, especially, where materials are used for both foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals or where such use is technically feasible for pharmaceuticals in addition to foodstuffs and, where appropriate, elaborate recommendations; resources permitting, the Committee may also deal with other than packaging materials coming into contact with foodstuffs, while avoiding duplication of the work of other international bodies;

      (iv) respond to health risks posed by the use of specific ingredients with pharmacological or toxic effects in cosmetics and, where appropriate, propose appropriate measures;

      (v) foster co-operation among member States and in particular, promoting technical collaboration in the field of market surveillance by Official Cosmetics Control Laboratories (e.g. implementing a quality management system according to international standards, setting up an analytical competence inventory and conducting surveys);

      (vi) while taking account of the progress of its work, prepare, under its own responsibility, proposals for the Programme of Activities for the coming years and ensure appropriate monitoring, where feasible.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights

Sector: Ensuring Social Rights

Programme: European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM)

Expected results

In the field of cosmetics: Standards and policies are strengthened or developed to improve the health protection of consumers, in particular aimed at reducing health risks related to the exposure to selected essential oils and to antimicrobials of the ‘azole type’. Four proficiency testing scheme (PTS) studies are performed in the network of Official Cosmetics Control Laboratories (OCCLs) and coordinated by the EDQM and a harmonised approach to analytical validation is developed.

In the field of packaging materials for food and pharmaceutical products: Standards and policies are strengthened or developed to improve the health protection of patients and consumers, in particular with a view to updating existing technical guidelines addressed by Council of Europe Resolutions.

Composition

Members:

Governments of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia are entitled to appoint a representative with expertise and responsibility for the implementation of national consumer health protection policies and programmes. Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in the voting.

The sending authorities of these States will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for their representatives’ participation in the meetings of the CD-P-SC. The travel and subsistence expenses of the Chair will be borne by the specific budgetary appropriations of the CD-P-SC.

Participants:

Committees or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly, the European Court of Human Rights, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the expense of their corresponding administrative budgets.

Council of Europe member States other than those mentioned above under “Members” and other States with observer status to the European Pharmacopoeia Commission may send a representative to the meetings of the CD-P-SC, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observer States to the Council of Europe may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

The European Union may send a representative to the meetings of the CD-P-SC, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may send a representative to the meetings of the CD-P-SC, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observers:

Any non-governmental organisation active in the field of consumer health protection may ask for observer status in accordance with the provisions of Resolution CM/Res(2011)24. Observers shall have neither the right to vote nor defrayal of expenses.

Working methods

Plenary meetings:

37 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 2 days

37 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 2 days

Extraordinary meetings of the CD-P-SC can be convened upon request by the Chairperson.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

With a view to reaching its objectives and to enable multidisciplinary working methods, the CD-P-SC may in derogation of Resolution CM/Res(2011)24, within the limits of budgetary appropriations, create subordinate bodies.

Subordinate structures to the CD-P-SC

The CD-P-SC has a coordinating, supervising and monitoring role in the functioning of its subordinate bodies:

    - Committee of experts on cosmetic products (P-SC-COS)

    - Committee of experts on packaging materials for food and pharmaceutical products (P-SC-EMB)

Budgetary information*


2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

 Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

 1

 2

37

8 700

-

-

 1 A ; 1 B

 2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

 Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

 1

 2

 37

8 700

-

-

 1 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

European Committee on Organ Transplantation (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-TO)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in its composition restricted to the representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia, without prejudice to the competences of the other relevant committees, the CD-P-TO will oversee and co-ordinate the Council of Europe’s work in the field of transplantation of organs, tissues and cells and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its field of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to ensure social rights by elaborating and promoting the principle of non-commercialisation of organ, tissue and cell donation, strengthening measures to avoid trafficking of organs, tissues and cells and, in general, elaborating high ethical, safety and quality standards in the field of organ, tissues and cells transplantation. In particular, the CD-P-TO shall:

      (i) examine questions related to the transplantation of organs, tissues and cells with regards to quality and safety standards and their implementation; in particular, by carrying out regular revisions and updates to the Guide to the quality and safety of organs for transplantation, and the Guide to the quality and safety of tissues and cells for human application;

      (ii) regularly collect and analyse international data on organ donation and transplantation for publication in the Newsletter Transplant;

      (iii) monitor practices in Europe and assess risks linked to procurement, storage and transplantation of organs, tissues and cells;

      (iv) assist member States in improving their organ transplantation services, whilst promoting the principle of voluntary non-remunerated donation;

      (v) provide guidelines on ethical, quality and safety standards and their implementation;

      (vi) examine the organisational structures concerning organ transplantation with a view to addressing the causes of organ shortages;

      (vii) develop links between organ exchange organisations and experts throughout Europe and ensure the transfer of knowledge and expertise;

      (viii) contribute to raising the awareness of the general public on organ, tissue and cell donation for transplantation;

      (ix) approve proposals for resolutions prepared for adoption by the Committee of Ministers, in its composition restricted to the representatives of the States members of the Partial Agreement of the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia;

      (x) co-operate with the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) in the implementation of all aspects of transplantation covered by the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (ETS No. 164) and its Additional Protocol on transplantation of organs and tissues of human origin (ETS No. 168);

      (xi) while taking account of the progress of its work, prepare, under its own responsibility, proposals for the Programme of Activities for the coming years.

      (xii) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility36, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights
Sector:
Ensuring Social Rights
Programme:
European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM)

Expected results

Expected results 2014-2015:

      (i) Update and publish the Guide to quality and safety of organs for transplantation, and the Guide to the quality and safely of tissues and cells for human application.

      (ii) perform international surveys on organ transplantation and donation and regularly publish results in Newsletter Transplant.

      (iii) elaborate tools for member States to promote constant improvements in ethical, organisational and regulatory frameworks for transplantation by means of Resolutions, policy guidelines and technical reports.

      (iv) support national initiatives and participate in assistance activities to support national organisations in improving their donation and transplantation programmes, to promote the principles defended by the Council of Europe and to raise public awareness on transplantation issues.

      (v) promote the organisation of European Organ Donation Day, hosted every year in a different country with the support of local governmental organisations or others.

Composition

Members:

Governments of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia are invited to designate one representative of the highest possible rank with expertise in a field covered by these terms of reference. Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in voting.

The sending authorities of the member States will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for their representatives’ participation in the meetings of the CD-P-TO. The travel and subsistence expenses of the Chair will be borne by the specific budgetary appropriations of the CD-P-TO.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:

The Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly, the European Court of Human Rights, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the expense of their corresponding administrative budgets.

Council of Europe member States other than those mentioned above under “Members” and other States with observer status to the European Pharmacopoeia Commission may send a representative to the meetings of the CD-P-TO, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observer States to the Council of Europe may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

The European Union is entitled to appoint a representative to meetings of the CD-P-TO, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

The World Health Organization (WHO) may send a representative to meetings of the CD-P-TO, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observers:

Any non-governmental organisation active in the field may ask for observer status in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24. Observers shall have neither the right to vote nor defrayal of expenses.

Working methods

Plenary Meetings:

37 members, 2 meetings in 2014, 2 days

37 members, 2 meetings in 2015, 2 days

Extraordinary meetings of the CD-P-TO can be convened upon request by the Chairperson.

Bureau:

8 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 1 day

8 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 1 day

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

With a view to reaching its objectives and to enable multidisciplinary working methods, the committee may in derogation of CM/Res(2011)24, within the limit of budgetary attributions, create subordinate bodies.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

37

2 900

3 000

-

1 A ; 1 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

2

2

37

2 900

3 000

-

1 A ; 1 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CD-P-TO

84

European Agreement on the Exchange of Tissue-Typing Reagents

European Committee on Blood Transfusion (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-TS)

Set up by the Committee of Ministers under Article 17 of the Statute of the Council of Europe and in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

Type of committee: Steering Committee

Terms of reference valid from: 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015

Main tasks

Under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, in its composition restricted to the representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia, the CD-P-TS will oversee and co-ordinate the Council of Europe’s work in the field of blood transfusion and advise the Committee of Ministers on all questions within its field of competence. Taking due account of relevant transversal perspectives, the overall aim is to ensure social rights by elaborating and promoting high ethical, safety and quality standards in the field of blood transfusion, In particular, the CD-P-TS shall:

      (i) examine questions related to human blood transfusion, notably as regards quality and safety standards and their implementation, including collection, preparation, testing, storage, distribution and appropriate use;

      (ii) assist member States in improving and, if needed, in restructuring their blood transfusion services by promoting principles of voluntary non-remunerated donations;

      (iii) propose ethical, safety and quality standards for professional practices and blood component specifications;

      (iv) ensure the transfer of knowledge and expertise and develop the competencies of experts through training and networking;

      (v) monitor practices in Europe and assess epidemiological risks and, in particular, the emergence of new blood-borne transmissible infectious agents that might jeopardise the safety of blood transfusion;

      (vi) promote standards in the collection, preparation, testing and use of blood and blood components using the latest scientific developments, in particular by updating the technical appendix to Recommendation R (95) 15, the so-called Guide to the preparation, use and quality assurance of blood components, and by regularly publishing it and promoting its implementation;

      (vii) ensure availability of rare blood products by means of the European Database and Bank of Frozen Blood of Rare Groups;

      (viii) approve proposals for resolutions prepared for adoption by the Committee of Ministers, in its composition restricted to the representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia;

      (ix) organise external quality assessment programmes (EQA) such as proficiency testing schemes to measure the performance of testing laboratories in blood establishments or hospital blood banks;

      (x) participate in or organise scientific symposia/congresses to promote the implementation of the standards described in the Guide to the preparation, use and quality assurance of blood components and increase the visibility of the EDQM’s activities in the field of blood transfusion;

      (xi) co-operate with the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) in the implementation of the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine (ETS No. 164) as far as blood transfusion is concerned;

      (xii) while taking account of the progress of its work, prepare, under its own responsibility, proposals for the Programme of Activities for the coming years.

      (xiii) in accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind its priorities, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which it has been given responsibility37, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, and report back to the Committee of Ministers.

Pillar/Sector/Programme

Pillar: Human Rights
Sector:
Ensuring Social Rights
Programme:
European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and HealthCare (EDQM)

Expected results

      (i) Update the relevant standards and publish a new edition of the “Guide to the Preparation, Use and Quality Assurance of Blood Components” in response to scientific progress in the field of blood transfusion.

      (ii) organise international surveys to gather European data on the collection, testing and use of blood components, analyse the data and make them available in annual reports to be published on the EDQM’s website.

      (iii) provide member States with tools to assess and improve blood supply management (BSM);

      (iv) provide member States with guidance on data collection on the incidence and prevalence of sexually-transmitted infections in the general population, in blood donors and among individuals with risky sexual behaviours for use as a scientific basis for amendments to donor deferral policy.

      (v) improve visibility of Council of Europe activities in the field of blood transfusion;

      (vi) participate in World Blood Donor Day and support member States in preparing the annual celebration on 14th June.

Composition

Members:

Governments of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia are invited to designate one representative of the highest possible rank with expertise in a field covered by these terms of reference. Each member of the committee shall have one vote. Where a government designates more than one member, only one of them is entitled to take part in voting.

The sending authorities of the member States will bear the travel and subsistence expenses for their representatives’ participation in the meetings of the CD-P-TS. The travel and subsistence expenses of the Chair will be borne by the specific budgetary appropriations of the CD-P-TS.

In accordance with decisions CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 of the Committee of Ministers, in cases where there is no convention-based body including all the Parties, non-member States are invited to take part, with a right to vote, in the committee meetings pertaining to the conventions to which they are Parties.

Participants:

The Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO) or other bodies of the Council of Europe engaged in related work, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly, the European Court of Human Rights, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights and the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send representatives, without the right to vote and at the expense of their corresponding administrative budgets.

Council of Europe member States other than those mentioned above under “Members” and other States with observer status to the European Pharmacopoeia Commission may send a representative to the meetings of the CD-P-TS, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observer status to the Council of Europe may send representatives, without the right to vote and without defrayal of expenses.

The European Union is entitled to appoint a representative to meetings of the CD-P-TS, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

The World Health Organization (WHO) may send a representative to meetings of the CD-P-TS, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

Observers:

Any non-governmental organisation active in the field may ask for observer status in accordance with Resolution CM/Res(2011)24. Observers shall have neither the right to vote nor defrayal of expenses.

Working methods

Meetings:

37 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 2 days

37 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 2 days

Extraordinary meetings of the CD-P-TS can be convened upon request by the Chairperson.

Bureau:

8 members, 1 meeting in 2014, 2 days

8 members, 1 meeting in 2015, 2 days

The Committee will also appoint a Gender Equality Rapporteur from amongst its members.

The rules of procedure of the Committee are governed by Resolution CM/Res(2011)24 on intergovernmental committees and subordinate bodies, their terms of reference and working methods.

With a view to reaching its objectives and to enable multidisciplinary working methods, the committee may in derogation of CM/Res(2011)24, within the limit of budgetary attributions, create subordinate bodies.

Budgetary information*

2014

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2

37

2 200

1 200

-

1 A ; 1.5 B

2015

Meetings

per year

Number

of days

Members

Plenary

Bureau

Subordinate structures/
Working groups

Secretariat
(A, B)

1

2

37

2 200

1 200

-

1 A ; 1.5 B

*The costs presented above take into consideration the per diem, travel, interpretation, translation and document printing. Costs calculated on the basis of the per diem and recharged services costs at their 2014 level.

Appendix 1 - Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers and list of Conventions

CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2 (Review of Council of Europe conventions – Report by the Secretary General)

9. [The Deputies] instructed the steering and ad hoc committees to carry out, at regular intervals, within the limits of the available resources and bearing in mind the priorities of each committee, an examination of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility, in co-operation, where appropriate, with the relevant convention-based bodies, in order to:

- propose ways of improving the visibility, impact and efficiency of some or all of the conventions for which they have been given responsibility;

- draw the attention of member States to the relevant conventions;

- where necessary, identify any operational problems or obstacles to ratification of the relevant conventions, and draw the attention of member States to reservations which impact substantively on the effectiveness of their implementation;

- encourage States to regularly examine the possibility and/or desirability of becoming a Party to new Council of Europe conventions;

- assess the necessity or advisability of drafting amendments or additional protocols to the conventions for which they have been given responsibility or drafting supplementary conventions;

- and to report back to the Committee of Ministers;

***

CD-P-TS

26

European Agreement on the Exchange of Therapeutic Substances of Human Origin

39

European Agreement on the Exchanges of Blood-Grouping Reagents

89

Additional Protocol to the European Agreement on the Exchange of Tissue-Typing Reagents

1 This document has been classified restricted until examination by the Committee of Ministers.

2 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

3 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

4 European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare.

5 The term “Roma” used at the Council of Europe refers to Roma, Sinti, Kale and related groups in Europe, including Travellers and the Eastern groups (Dom and Lom), and covers the wide diversity of the groups concerned, including persons who identify themselves as Gypsies.

6 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

7 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

8 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

9 These Conventions include in particular: ETS No. 24 (Extradition, and Additional Protocols ETS Nos 86, 98 and 209), 30 (Mutual assistance in criminal matters and Additional Protocols ETS Nos 99 and 182), 51 (Supervision of Conditionally sentenced or Conditionally released Offenders), 70 (International validity of criminal judgments), 73 (Transfer of criminal proceedings), 112 (Transfer of sentenced persons and its Protocol ETS No. 167).

10 On the basis of the elements presented, notably, in the following documents: Proposals of the PC-OC concerning normative and practical measures to improve the operation of relevant conventions (PC-OC (2008) 05 and 06), approved by the CDPC at its 56th plenary session (CDPC (2007) 23).

11 Conventions as quoted in footnote 1.

12 Cf. list of Conventions in the footnote 1.

13 Recommendation CM/Rec(2006)2.

14 Recommendation No. Rec(92)16.

15 Recommendation CM/Rec(2008)11.

16 Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)1.

17 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

18 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

19 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

20 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

21 See Statutory Resolution CM/Res(2011)2 relating to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

22 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

23 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

24 The new Council of Europe Strategy for Social Cohesion, the Council of Europe Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2012-2015) and the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017.

25 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

26 European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ETS No.148), the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (ETS No. 157), the Revised European Social Charter (CETS No. 163), the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No. 197), the Convention on the protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (CETS No. 201), and the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CETS No. 210).

27 Subject to the authorisation by the Committee of Ministers to hold this conference.

28 The term “Roma” used at the Council of Europe refers to Roma, Sinti, Kale and related groups in Europe, including Travellers and the Eastern groups (Dom and Lom), and covers the wide diversity of the groups concerned, including persons who identify themselves as Gypsies.

29 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

30 The representatives who are currently receiving travel and subsistence expenses will continue to do so until the first meeting of the CDDECS, to allow the latter to proceed with the designation of the new representatives whose travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe.

31 Of which 16 members travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe.

32 Of which 16 members travel and subsistence expenses will be borne by the Council of Europe

33 The Advisory Council on Youth is an advisory body and does not conduct any programme.

34 Pharmaceutical care is a quality philosophy (Hepler and Strand, 1989) and inspired Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Resolution ResAP (93)1 on the role and training of community pharmacists.

35 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

36 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.

37 Cf. Relevant decision of the Committee of Ministers (CM/Del/Dec(2013)1168/10.2) and list of Conventions in Appendix 1.



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