967th meeting – 14 June 2006

Item 2.3a

State Union of Serbia and Montenegro

a. Continuation of the Republic of Serbia as a member state of the Council of Europe
(CM(2006)104 revised, 105 and 106)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. noted the contents of the letters of 5 June 2006 in which Mr Boris Tadic, President of the Republic of Serbia, informed respectively Mr Sergey Lavrov, Chairman-in-office of the Committee of Ministers, and Mr Terry Davis, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, that on the basis of Article 60 of the Constitutional Charter of Serbia and Montenegro, activated by the Declaration of Independence adopted by the National Assembly of Montenegro on 3 June 2006, the Republic of Serbia will continue the membership of the Council of Europe hitherto exercised by the Union of States of Serbia and Montenegro, and the obligations and commitments arising from it;

2. therefore noted that the Republic of Serbia is continuing the membership of Serbia and Montenegro in the Council of Europe with effect from 3 June 2006;

3. bearing in mind the proposal in the letter of 9 June 2006 from the President of the Parliamentary Assembly to the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, approved the following amendment to Article 26 of the Statute of the Council of Europe:

"Members shall be entitled to the number of representatives given below:

Albania 4
Andorra 2
Armenia 4
Austria 6
Azerbaijan 6
Belgium 7
Bosnia and Herzegovina 5

      Bulgaria 6

Croatia 5
Cyprus 3
Czech Republic 7
Denmark 5
Estonia 3
Finland 5
France 18
Georgia 5
Germany 18
Greece 7
Hungary 7
Iceland 3
Ireland 4
Italy 18
Liechtenstein 2
Latvia 3
Lithuania 4
Luxembourg 3
Malta 3
Moldova 5
Monaco 2
Netherlands 7
Norway 5
Poland 12
Portugal 7
Romania 10
Russia 18
San Marino 2
Serbia 7
Slovakia 5
Slovenia 3
Spain 12
Sweden 6
Switzerland 6
"the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" 3
Turkey 12
Ukraine 12
United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland 18"

4. noted that the Republic of Serbia was either a signatory or a party to the Council of Europe conventions referred to in the appendix to these decisions, to which Serbia and Montenegro had been a signatory or party;

5. also noted that the Republic of Serbia was a member of the following partial agreements, of which Serbia and Montenegro had been a member:

. European Pharmacopoeia;

. Partial Agreement Setting up a European Support Fund for the Co-Production and Distribution of Creative Cinematographic and Audiovisual Works "Eurimages";

. Enlarged Partial Agreement Establishing the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO);

. Enlarged Partial Agreement Establishing the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission);

. Partial Agreement on the Council of Europe Development Bank, the detailed arrangements to be determined by the organs of the Bank;

. Partial Agreement on the Youth Card for the Purpose of Promoting and Facilitating Youth Mobility in Europe;

6. noted that the Republic of Serbia would take part in the activities of the intergovernmental committees of experts in which Serbia and Montenegro had taken part;

7. agreed to consider the financial and other implications of the aforementioned decisions at a subsequent meeting;

8. adopted the following statement:

    “Continuation by the Republic of Serbia of membership of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro in the Council of Europe

    The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe noted today that, following the declaration of independence of the Republic of Montenegro on 3 June 2006, and in accordance with Article 60 of the Constitutional Charter of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro, the Republic of Serbia will continue membership of the State Union in the Council of Europe and will assume the attendant obligations and commitments.

    The Committee of Ministers will maintain with the Republic of Serbia the close co-operative relations which it had established with the State Union and wishes to assure the Serbian authorities of its readiness to continue working with them towards greater European unity on the basis of the Council of Europe’s values and principles. It welcomes their declared willingness to work in the same direction.

    The Committee of Ministers expressed its confidence that the authorities of Serbia and Montenegro will settle matters relating to the succession of the State Union in the same spirit of mutual understanding and co-operation which they have shown in the last few weeks, in the interest of stability and prosperity of Europe.”



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