CM(99)45 Revised 2 ... 104th Session of the CM (6-7 May 1999) - Draft provisional annotated agenda

Committee of Ministers
Comité des Ministres

104th Session


(6-7 May 1999)

Strasbourg, 16 April 1999

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CM(99)45 revised 2
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DRAFT PROVISIONAL ANNOTATED AGENDA

 

 

 

Item 1 of the agenda Adoption of the agenda

The items proposed for the agenda of the 104th Session of the Committee of Ministers are as follows (in principle, items 2 and 3 will be dealt with together):

 

1. Adoption of the agenda

2. "Budapest Declaration – For a greater Europe without dividing lines"

3. Follow-up to the Second Summit (Strasbourg, 10-11 October 1997)

a. Report of the Follow-up Committee on the Second Summit (GT-SUIVI)

b. Creation of the office of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

c. Reform of Council of Europe structures, further to the Final Report of the Committee of Wise Persons

4. Crisis in Kosovo and situation in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

5. Other business

6. Dates of the next Session

The programme for the Session appears in the Appendix to this draft annotated agenda.

 

Item 2 of the agenda

"Budapest Declaration
For a greater Europe without dividing lines"

A draft "Budapest Declaration for a greater Europe without dividing lines", prepared by the Deputies in their ad hoc Working Party on the 50th Anniversary Political Declaration (GT-DECPOL), is submitted to the Ministers for final adoption following approval within the Enlarged Joint Committee at its meeting just before the 104th Session of the Committee of Ministers. The draft Declaration is contained in document CM(99)… and the draft conclusions of the Chair appear in document CM(99)….

 

Item 3 of the agenda

Second Summit (Strasbourg, 10-11 October 1997)
Implementation

a. Final report of the Follow-up Committee on the Second Summit (GT-SUIVI)

At their 101st Session (6 November 1997), the Ministers decided to set up a "Follow-up Committee on the Second Summit" and to keep follow-up to the Summit on the agenda of their next sessions, asking their Deputies to report to them on progress in this area.

In accordance with these decisions, the Deputies set up the Follow-up Committee (GT-SUIVI), chaired by the Permanent Representative of France and open to all Delegations, experts from the national capitals and the European Commission. It was instructed to supervise follow-up to the Final Declaration and the implementation of the Action Plan adopted at the Summit, in liaison with the various sectoral rapporteur groups and the other relevant bodies of the Council of Europe, and to report to the Deputies in preparation for each Session of the Committee of Ministers up to the 50th Anniversary.

The Follow-up Committee’s first two reports were respectively presented at the Committee of Ministers’ 102nd (5 May 1998) and 103rd (4 November 1998) Sessions. The main results since November 1998 in the implementation of the Summit decisions are as follows:

 

- Democracy and human rights

- entry into operation of the new European Court of Human Rights;

- agreement on the creation of the office of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights (see 3.b below);

- signature of an agreement between the Council of Europe and the European Community with a view to ensuring close cooperation between ECRI and the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia;

- launching of a European Commission / Council of Europe Joint Programme for national minorities in Europe;

 

- Social cohesion

- creation of the Specialised Unit for monitoring, comparing and handling issues linked to social cohesion;

 

- Security of citizens

- opening for signature of the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (ETS No. 173) on 27 January 1999;

- progress with the drafting of a civil law convention on corruption;

 

- Democratic values and cultural diversity

- draft declaration and programme on education for democratic citizenship, based on citizens’ rights and responsibilities;

- progress with the preparation of the "Europe, a common heritage" campaign;

- draft declaration on a European policy for the application of new information technologies.

The two draft declarations mentioned above are submitted to the Ministers for adoption. They appear respectively in documents CM(99)… and CM(99)…. The final report of the GT-SUIVI, which takes stock of the implementation of the Summit decisions eighteen months after the event (cf. document CM(99)…), is submitted to the Ministers for information.

 

b. Creation of the office of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

The Ministers are invited to create the office of Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, while adopting the draft terms of reference of the future Commissioner, as set out in document CM(99)….

 

c. Reform of Council of Europe structures

At their 101st Session (6 November 1997), the Ministers decided to set up a Committee of Wise Persons to draw up proposals for implementing the reform of the Organisation’s structures decided upon by the Second Summit. On 22 December 1997, the Deputies adopted the terms of reference and the composition of the Committee of Wise Persons and appointed Mario Soares as Chairman.

On 4 November 1998, Mario Soares officially presented the final report of the Committee of Wise Persons ("Building Greater Europe without dividing lines") at the 103rd Session of the Committee of Ministers. The Ministers instructed their Deputies to examine the proposals made by the Wise Persons in preparation for their 104th Session.

On the basis of the final report by the Committee of Wise Persons and in the light, in particular, of the opinions adopted on the matter by the Parliamentary Assembly and, with regard to the issues falling within its competence, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the Deputies have prepared, in their Ad Hoc Working Party on Follow-up Action on the Final Report of the Committee of Wise Persons (GT-SAGES), chaired by the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, a progress report on the reform of Council of Europe structures (cf. document CM(99)..).

 

Item 4 of the agenda

Crisis in Kosovo and situation in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

The Ministers might adopt a Council of Europe programme, prepared by their Deputies, to contribute to stability in South Eastern Europe affected by the Kosovo crisis.

 

Item 5 of the agenda

Other business

The Chair might take up any other question raised, subject to the time available.

 

Item 6 of the agenda

Dates of the next Session

The 105th Session of the Committee of Ministers will be held in Strasbourg on 8 and 9 November 1999.

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The Chair of the Committee of Ministers, Mr János Martonyi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary, will write to his colleagues explaining how he intends organising the Session.

The "conclusions of the Chair" will serve as the press communiqué of the 104th Session.

 

APPENDIX

 

COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS
104th SESSION

Provisional programme of the events to mark
the 50th Anniversary in Budapest, 6-8 May 1999

 

 

Thursday 6 May 1999

1 to 1.15 pm (approx.): Arrival in Budapest from London
transfer to hotels by coach

5.30 pm: Informal meeting between Mr Arpád Göncz, President of the Republic of Hungary, and Heads of delegation of member, candidate and observer States, as well as the representatives of international organisations invited
Nándorfehérvár Hall in the Parliament

6 to 7.30 pm: Official ceremony to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe
Congress Hall (former Upper House)

Theme: "Towards a united Greater Europe – three landmarks (1949, 1989, 1999)"

Speakers: Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament (opening)
Prime Minister of Hungary
President of the Parliamentary Assembly
President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
President of the European Commission
Chair-in-Office of the OSCE
Senior representatives of the United Nations and the OECD
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Speaker of the Hungarian Parliament (closing remarks)

7.30 pm: Children’s folk dance ensemble
Cupola Hall

7.50 to 8 pm: Words of welcome by Mr Arpád Göncz, President of the Republic of Hungary
Cupola Hall

8 to 9.30 pm: Reception hosted by the President of the Republic of Hungary
Hunters’ Hall

 

Friday 7 May 1999

8.30 to 9.30 am: Meeting of the Enlarged Joint Committee ("Colloquy")
Budapest Convention Centre
Patria Room

9.30 am: Signature of conventions
Bartok Room

10 am: 104th Session of the Committee of Ministers
Patria Room

1.30 pm: Lunch
Convention Centre – Novotel

3 pm: Press conference (Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Secretary General)
Patria Room

5 pm: Departure from the hotels to the European Youth Centre

5.30 pm: Visit to the European Youth Centre followed by a vin d’honneur at the invitation of the Secretary General
European Youth Centre

7 pm: Departure from the European Youth Centre

7.30 pm: Arrival at the Duna Palace - Cultural programme organised by the Hungarian authorities

8.30 to 9.30 pm: Reception given by Mr János Martonyi, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary

 

Saturday 8 May 1999

Morning: Guided tour of Budapest (informal and optional)

5 pm: Departure from the hotels to the airport

7 pm: Departure to Strasbourg by special MALEV flight.

 

 



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