Ministers’ Deputies / Bureau
CM/Bur/Del(2002)20 9 September 2002
Strasbourg, 3 September 2002
This document sets out information, in condensed form, on the items and recommendations discussed by the Bureau at its meeting on 3 September 2002.
1. State of preparation of the 806th (4 September 2002), 807th (11 September 2002) and 808th (18 September 2002) meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies – Times and dates of the 810th (DH) (8-9 October 2002) meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies
The Bureau took note of the state of preparation of the 806th (4 September 2002), 807th (11 September 2002) and 808th (18 September 2002) meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies.
Concerning the 806th meeting, the Bureau noted that a number of items would be postponed, namely:
2.3 Humanitarian situation of the displaced Kurdish population in Turkey – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1563 (2002)
to the 807th meeting (11 September 2002) of the Ministers’ Deputies
2.4 Compliance with commitments by member states – Declaration of the Committee of Ministers of 10 November 1994 – Provisional Chairman’s summing-up following the 801st meeting (in camera) (1 July 2002)
to the 809th meeting (2 October 2002) of the Ministers’ Deputies
2.5 Relations between the Council of Europe and the OSCE – Report by the Chairman of the GR-OSCE
to the 808th meeting (18 September 2002) of the Ministers’ Deputies.
Concerning the 807th meeting, the Bureau noted that it was proposed to postpone the following items to the 808th meeting (18 September 2002) of the Ministers’ Deputies:
4.1 European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) - Election of members of the CPT in respect of Croatia, Germany, Moldova and Spain
4.2 The contribution of the Council of Europe towards the restoration of the rule of law, respect for human rights and democracy in Chechnya
10.1 European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)
c. European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ).
Request from Canada to attend discussions of the draft additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime
The Bureau was informed of the interest manifested by the Canadian delegation in attending the discussions of the draft additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime, concerning the criminalisation of acts of a racist and xenophobic nature committed through computer systems. The Bureau noted that this question was referred to in item 10.3 – European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) – Abridged report of the 51st plenary Session (Strasbourg, 17-21 June 2002) – of the 808th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, but that its discussion had been suspended pending the opinion of the Parliamentary Assembly on the subject. It nevertheless agreed to authorise those observers who so wished to attend the debate when the time came, as it had at the time of the adoption of the Convention on Cybercrime itself.
Timetable for the 810th meeting (DH)
The Bureau was also informed by the Vice-Chairman of the schedule for the 810th meeting (DH) (7-10 October 2002). This meeting would begin at 2.30 pm on the first day (Monday 7 October) and continue on Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 October with morning sessions at 9.30 am and afternoon sessions commencing at 2.30 pm.
2. Subsidiary Groups of the Ministers’ Deputies
The Bureau resumed examination of the vacancies in the subsidiary groups of the Ministers’ Deputies.
It recalled that the Chairs of the Rapporteur Group on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (GR-AB), the Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) and the Steering Group on the Confidence-Building Measures Programme (CBM) were vacant.
Some interest had been expressed, particularly in the GR-C and the CBM. The Chairman would proceed with the necessary consultations and report to the Bureau at its next meeting.
The Bureau held an exchange of views on the future activities of the GR-C and recommended that this Group give all the requisite attention to the preparation of the next meeting of the enlarged GR-C.
The Bureau further agreed to invite the Rapporteur on Equality between Women and Men (RAP-EG) to consider the Summary of the feasibility study on a Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CM(2002)129), drawn up by the Steering Committee for equality between women and men (CDEG), before its submission to the Ministers’ Deputies, at their 812th meeting (16 October 2002).
3. Invitation to the Committee of Ministers to attend the 16th informal meeting of the ministers responsible for Sport (Warsaw, 12-13 September 2002)
The Bureau recommended that the Committee of Ministers be represented at the above meeting by Ambassador Krzysztof Kocel, Permanent Representative of Poland, who would be present in Warsaw on that occasion.
4. Phase 2 of the competitions for the new general purpose building and the new building of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines – Appointment of two representatives of the Committee of Ministers
The Bureau was informed that at this stage only one representative of the Committee of Ministers had expressed interest in participating in this procedure. The Bureau decided to renew its appeal and resume examination of this question at its next meeting.
5. Decisions ad referendum
As the delegations had made use on several occasions in recent months of the possibility provided for in Article 10.1.b of their Rules of Procedure to accept a decision ad referendum, the Bureau examined the present practice of publishing and implementing such decisions and approved it (cf. CM/Bur/Del(2002)21).
The Bureau took note of document CM/Inf(2002)31 – Meetings and documentation of the Committee of Ministers – Statistics. It noted in particular that the number of pages printed, as it had been informed at its meeting on 19 June 2002 (cf. CM/Bur/Del(2002)17, item 3), had increased. It also noted that, following the steps taken by the Secretariat, the trend should be reversed in the 2nd half of 2002. It further noted the sharp increase in the percentage of documents issued on time.
7. Use of the Foyer of the Committee of Ministers
The Bureau had received several requests to use the Foyer of the Committee of Ministers:
- from the EUR-OPA Major Hazards Agreement, to install poster display boards on the occasion of the Conference on nano-particle and nano-system science, from 9 to 13 September 2002;
- from the Directorate General of Political Affairs, to hold a ceremony, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the granting of consultative status to INGOs and the 25th anniversary of the Liaison Committee, on 25 September 2002, at midday;
- from the Directorate General of Administration and Logistics, to install the exhibition of scale models in connection with the international architectural competition for the two new Council of Europe buildings as of 2 December 2002, instead of 9 December, the date previously agreed by the Ministers’ Deputies;
- from the Greek delegation, for the organisation, from 6 to 24 January 2003, of an exhibition of mosaics on the theme “Olympic Games, Ancient Greece, restoration work on the Acropolis, the democratic regime of Ancient Greece”, to mark the Greek Presidency of the European Union.
It recommended that the Committee accept these requests.
8. Exchanges of views
a. Mr Sviatoslav Piskun, Prosecutor-General of Ukraine
The Bureau was informed of the visit to the Council of Europe of Mr Sviatoslav Piskun, Prosecutor-General of Ukraine, and noted that on this occasion an exchange of views between Mr Piskun and the Bureau of the Deputies, enlarged to all the delegations, was scheduled to take place on 12 September 2002, at 12 noon.
b. Mr Jan Kubiš, Secretary General of the OSCE
The Bureau noted that an exchange of views of the Deputies with Mr Jan Kubiš, Secretary General of the OSCE, would be scheduled for 11 December 2002, on the occasion of the 821st meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies.