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CM/Bur/Del(2008)19 9 December 20081

Meeting report
Strasbourg, 8 December 2008


The following items were discussed by the Bureau at its meeting on 8 December 2008.

1. 60th Anniversary of the Council of Europe

The Deputy Secretary General informed the Bureau of the state of preparation of the final programme of events for the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe. The Bureau noted that the Deputy Secretary General would present, to the Deputies at their 1044th meeting (10 December 2008), a revised programme taking into account a substantially lower budgetary envelope as decided during the budgetary discussions. The Bureau also noted that further consultations would be necessary on certain aspects of the revised programme, in particular with the Bureau of the Assembly, and that these would take place at the beginning of January 2009. Further explanations, together with the revised programme and the budgetary implications, would be provided in document CM(2008)179.

The Bureau recommended that following a presentation of the document by the Deputy Secretary General on 10 December, the Deputies resume consideration of the final programme at their 1045th meeting on 14 January 2009; revised draft decisions would be distributed to this effect.

2. Subsidiary groups - Vacancies

The Bureau noted that the position of Chair of the Rapporteur Group on Social and Health Questions (GR-SOC) remained vacant.

It also noted that the position of Chair of the Committee for Works of Art (C-ART) would shortly become vacant.

Those interested in these positions should inform the Chair before 5 January 2009.

3. Use of the Foyer of the Committee of Ministers

The Bureau was informed of the request from Ambassador Vilardell Coma, Chair of the Ministers' Deputies and Permanent Representative of Spain to the Council of Europe, to hold an exhibition entitled "Visas pour la liberté", in the Foyer on the occasion of the Holocaust Memorial Day, 27January 2009; the exhibition would take place for one month from that date.

The Bureau recommended acceding to this request.

4. Date of next meeting

Monday 15 December 2008, 11 a.m.

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1. State of preparation of the 1044th (10 December 2008) meeting of the Ministers' Deputies

The Bureau took note of the state of preparation of the above meeting, and recommended that :

- the following new item be added:

2.3 “Code of Good Practice on Referendums“ – Parliamentary Assembly
Recommendation 1821 (2007)

- the following item be postponed to a forthcoming meeting of the Ministers' Deputies:

    10.2c Draft revised terms of reference of the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors (CCPE) for 2009-2010

2. Draft agendas of the 1045th (14 January 2009) and 1046th (21 January 2009) meetings - Items to be entrusted to Rapporteur Groups and Thematic Co-ordinators

The draft agendas and relevant draft decisions for the above meetings of the Ministers' Deputies appear in the Notes on the Agenda No. 1044/1.2 for the present meeting (item 1.2 - “Preparation of forthcoming meetings”).

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.



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