1057th meeting – 20 May 2009

Item 1.5

119th Session of the Committee of Ministers (Madrid, 12 May 2009) –
Follow-up
(CM(2009)PV prov, CM(2009)PV add1, CM(2009)PV add2, CM/Inf(2009)22, CM/Inf(2009)22 add1 et CM/Inf(2009)22 add2, CM(2009)50 final)

Decisions

The Deputies, on the basis of the decisions taken at the 119th Session and the discussions held,

On Guaranteeing the long-term effectiveness of the control system of the European Convention on Human Rights

1. invited their Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) to further examine the specific measures envisaged in the report “Guaranteeing the long-term effectiveness of the control system of the European Convention on Human Rights” (document CM(2009)51) and to report back to it;

2. invited their Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) to follow closely the work of the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) on effective remedies for excessive length of proceedings and to report back in due time;

3. called on all member states to ratify Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights as a matter of priority and, in the meantime, called on member states to accept, as soon as possible, that the provisions regarding the new single-judge formation and the new competence of the Committees of three judges contained in Protocol No. 14 to the European Convention on Human Rights are to be applied to them on a provisional basis either by signing and ratifying Protocol No. 14bis to the European Convention on Human Rights – and if possible accepting its provisional application – or by making a declaration of acceptance as foreseen in document CM(2009)71 rev2, subject to the absence of opposition by 31 May 2009 by the High Contracting Parties to the European Convention on Human Rights not represented at the Conference of High Contracting Parties held on 12 May 2009 in Madrid;

On the Relations between the Council of Europe and the European Union

4. invited their Rapporteur Group on External Relations (GR-EXT) to follow developments in the co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Union on the basis of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations signed in May 2007 and taking into consideration the priorities for future action adopted on 27 November 2008 (document CM(2008)169) and to prepare a comprehensive report, in close co-operation with the European Union, for the 120th Ministerial Session in May 2010;

On the Follow-up to other priorities resulting from the Warsaw Summit

5. invited their Working Party on Institutional Reforms (GT-REF.INST) to prepare a report on the ongoing reform process of the Council of Europe’s organisational structures and working methods for the 120th Ministerial Session in May 2010;

6. asked the Secretary General to ensure a wide distribution of the Declaration “Making gender equality a reality”, and invited their Thematic Co-ordinator on Equality between Women and Men (TC-EG) to follow the implementation of the Declaration in the member states and within the Council of Europe on the basis of reports by the Secretary General;

On the Declaration marking the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe

7. agreed to transmit the Declaration marking the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe to the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, and to all the committees answerable to the Committee of Ministers, for information.


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