1068th meeting – 20 and 21 October 2009

Item 4.4

1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and New Communication Services (Reykjavik, 28-29 May 2009) –
Report by the Secretary General
(CM(2009)143)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. supported the implementation of the action mentioned in the texts adopted by the Ministerial Conference and decided to transmit them to relevant steering and other committees (Steering Committee for Education (CDED), European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ), Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services (CDMC), Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI), Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)) for information and action within their respective fields of competence;

2. invited, in particular, the CDMC to seek to ensure multistakeholder participation in the implementation of relevant parts of its terms of reference and to give priority attention in that work to the elaboration of legal instruments designed (i) to preserve or reinforce the protection of the cross-border flow of Internet traffic and (ii) to protect resources which are critical for the ongoing functioning and borderless nature and integrity of the Internet (i.e. critical internet resources);

3. invited the Secretary General to make arrangements for the regular organisation of a European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) or Pan-European Internet Governance Forum (IGF), in co-operation with interested stakeholders and in partnership with European Union bodies, providing it with Council of Europe Secretariat services;

4. supported the Secretary General’s efforts to identify the best possible way to ensure enhanced in-house and external co-ordination in respect of Council of Europe information society and internet governance work;

5. invited the Secretary General to explore ways to strengthen Council of Europe efforts to promote media literacy and encouraged a Council of Europe transversal approach to this work under the stewardship of the Directorate General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport;

6. invited the Secretary General to make technical assistance available to member states wishing to review their national legislation and/or practice in light of their undertaking in the Resolution “Developments in anti-terrorism legislation in Council of Europe member states and their impact on freedom of expression and information”;

7. decided to transmit the texts adopted by the Ministerial Conference to the Parliamentary Assembly for information;

8. in the light of decisions 1 to 7 above, took note of the Secretary General’s report on the 1st Council of Europe Conference of Ministers responsible for Media and New Communication Services (Reykjavik,
28-29 May 2009), as it appears in document CM(2009)143, as a whole.


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