Ministers’ Deputies
Decisions

CM/Del/Dec(2010)1084 7 May 2010
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1084th meeting, 5 May 2010

Decisions adopted
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CONTENTS

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List of those present 6

1. General questions

1.1 Adoption of the agenda 6

1.2 Preparation of forthcoming meetings +

1.3 Dialogue with the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General – Staff matters 6

1.4 Report of the Bureau 6

1.5 120th Session of the Committee of Ministers (Strasbourg, 11 May 2010) – Preparation 10

1.6 Conferences of Specialised Ministers – State of preparation +

1.7 Meeting between the chair of the Ministers’ Deputies and the presidents of monitoring bodies
together with the Commissioner for Human Rights (19 March 2010) – Follow-up 10

1.8 Priorities for 2011 – Secretary General’s proposals 10

1.9 Communication by the Chairman of the Ministers’ Deputies +

2. Democracy and political questions

2.1. The Council of Europe and the conflict in Georgia +

2.1bis Current political questions
a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability 11
. Moldova
b. Other questions +

2.2 Situation in Cyprus+

2.3 European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) –
Abridged report of the 45th meeting (Strasbourg, 1-2 March 2010) 12

3. Parliamentary Assembly

3.1 2nd Part of the 2010 Session (Strasbourg, 26-30 April 2010)
a. Communication by the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly on the 2nd Part of the
2010 Session and other Assembly activities 12
b. Communication by the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers and replies to parliamentary
questions (26 April 2010) 12

3.2 Written Questions by members of the Parliamentary Assembly to the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers
a. Written Question No. 575 by Mr Pourgourides: “Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Cyprus v. Turkey: access to Turkish military archives” 13

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4. Human rights

4.1 European Social Charter –
European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) – Procedure for the election of five members 13

4.2 Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities –
Draft Resolution CM/ResCMN(2010)… on the implementation of the Framework Convention by Moldova 14

6. Social cohesion

6.1 Pompidou Group –
Opinion following a feasibility study with a view to examining the advisability of drawing up a new framework convention on drug policy 14

6.2 European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)
a. Abridged report of the 23rd meeting (Strasbourg, 24-25 February 2010) 15
b. Draft New Strategy for Social Cohesion 15
c. Draft Council of Europe Action Plan for Social Cohesion 15
d. Draft Guidelines on improving the situation of low-income workers and on the
empowerment of people experiencing extreme poverty 15

6.3 European Committee on Migration (CDMG) –
Abridged report of the 58th meeting (Strasbourg, 10-12 February 2010) 15

6.4 European Pharmacopoeia (EDQM) –
European Committee on Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (Partial Agreement)

(CD-P-PH) – Abridged report of the 3rd meeting (Strasbourg, 26-27 January 2010) 16

7. Education and culture

7.1 Steering Committee for Education (CDED) 16
a. Abridged report of the 9th plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 24-26 February 2010)
b. Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states
on the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education and its Explanatory Memorandum

7.2 “Cultural education: the promotion of cultural knowledge, creativity and intercultural understanding
through education” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1884 (2009)
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8. Youth and sport

8.1 Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) –
Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the revised Code of Sports Ethics 16

10. Legal questions

10.1 European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) –
Draft Council of Europe Convention on the Counterfeiting of Medical Products and Similar Crimes
involving Threats to Public Health and its Explanatory Report +

11. Administration and logistics

11.1 Pension Reserve Fund – Nomination to the Management Board 17

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APPENDICES

APPENDIX 1 1084th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies
(Item 1.1) (Strasbourg, 5 (10 a.m.) May 2010)
Agenda 18

APPENDIX 2 Resolution CM/Res(2010)2
(Item 1.8) amending Resolution (96) 36 establishing the criteria for partial and
enlarged agreements of the Council of Europe 22

APPENDIX 3 Reply by the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers to Written Question No. 575
(Item 3.2a) by Mr Pourgourides: “Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights
in the case of Cyprus v. Turkey: access to Turkish military archives” 23

APPENDIX 4 Resolution CM/ResCMN(2010)6
(Item 4.2) on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the
Protection of National Minorities by Moldova 24

APPENDIX 5 Guidelines on improving the situation of low-income workers and
(Item 6.2d) on the empowerment of people experiencing extreme poverty 28

The 1084th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies opened on 5 May 2010 at 10.00 a.m. under the chairmanship of Mr P. Widmer, Deputy for the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

PRESENT

ALBANIA
Ms M. Gega
Mr F. Peni
Ms A. Doko

ANDORRA
Ms F. Aleix

ARMENIA
Mr Z. Mnatsakanian
Ms N. Hambarzumyan
Mr A. Hovhannisyan
Ms I. Beglaryan

AUSTRIA
Mr T. Hajnoczi
Ms E. Ellison-Kramer
Mr S. Rutkowski

AZERBAIJAN
Mr A. Mammadov
Mr M. Kangarlinski
Mr J. Musayev

BELGIUM
Mr J. Devadder
Ms M. Janssens

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA
Mr Z. Martinović
Ms M. Muharemagić

BULGARIA
Mr A. Tehov
Mr A. Ananiev
Mr A. Krestev
Ms Y. Parparova
Mr M. Bozhkov

CROATIA
Ms A. Djamić
Ms L. Glavaš Kovačić
Mrs P. Leppee Fraize

CYPRUS
Mr E. Evriviades
Mr Y. Michaelides
Mr S. Hatziyiannis

CZECH REPUBLIC
Mr T. Boček
Mr M. Bouček
Ms K. Markovová

DENMARK
Mr C. von Barnekow

ESTONIA
Mr S. Kannike
Ms K. Tikenberg
Mr E. Harremoes

FINLAND
Ms I. Ertman
Ms A.-C. Krank
Mr P. Kotilainen

FRANCE
Mr P. Dahan
Mr P. Ray
Ms M. Bilocq
Ms C. Larene

GEORGIA
Mr Z. Tchiaberashvili
Mr M. Jgenti
Ms L. Goginava
Ms I. Mamuchishvili

GERMANY
Mr H.-D. Heumann
Mr H. Haupt
Ms C. Althauser
Mr J. Holzenberger

GREECE
Mr A. Dendoulis
Mr D. Karabalis
Mr G. Daskalopoulos
Ms I. Petropoulou

HUNGARY
Ms J. József
Mr V. Garai
Mr B. Horváth

ICELAND
Mr T. Ibsen
Mr J.L. Logason

IRELAND
Ms M. Hennessy
Ms M. Connery
Ms B. Walshe
Ms C. Donnellan

ITALY
Mr S. Busetto
Ms D. D'Orlandi

LATVIA
Ms A. Liepina

LIECHTENSTEIN
Mr D. Ospelt

LITHUANIA
Mr G. Šerkšnys
Mr D. Simaitis

LUXEMBOURG
Mr R. Mayer
Ms A. Kayser-Attuil

MALTA
Mr J. Licari

MOLDOVA
Mr A. Paladuta

MONACO
Mrs C. Gastaud

MONTENEGRO
Mr Z. Janković
Mr I. Ivanišević

NETHERLANDS
Mr M. van der Kolk
Mr J. Rademaker
Ms M. Ouwens

NORWAY
Mr P. Wille
Ms T. Kongsvik
Ms E. Widsteen

POLAND
Mr J. Grabowski

PORTUGAL
Mr A. Madeira Bárbara
Mr J. Patricio
Mr L. Sequeira

ROMANIA
Mr S. Stoian
Mr C.H. Rogoveanu

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Mr A. Alekseev
Mr I. Kapyrin
Mr V. Egorov
Mr I. Podolskiy
Mr I. Maltsev
Mr I. Subbotin
Ms M. Kostyanaya

SAN MARINO
Mr G. Bellatti Ceccoli
Ms M. Bovi

SERBIA
Ms D. Filipovic
Ms V. Radonjic-Rakic
Mr A. Tomic

SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Mr E. Kuchár
Mr J. Kubla
Ms S. Danová

SLOVENIA
Mr D. Bergant
Ms B. Sušnic

SPAIN
Ms M. Vilardell Coma
Mr P. Jiménez Nacher
Mr P. Desportes

SWEDEN
Mr P. Sjögren
Ms A. Lundkvist
Ms F. Tamas-Hermelin

SWITZERLAND
Mr P. Widmer, Chairman
Mr M. Wey
Ms B. Schaer

“THE FORMER
YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC
OF MACEDONIA”
Mr V. Ristovski, Vice-Chairman
Ms D. Zafirovska
Ms E. Ilieva
Ms R. Safitli
Ms E. Bodeva

TURKEY
Mr D. Batibay
Mr H. Ulusoy
Mr C. Kahyaoğlu
Mr B. Ulusoy
Mr U. Acar
Mr T. Oba
Mr E. Türesin
Mr Ü. Öktem
Ms B. Kabakçi
Mr T. Ok

UKRAINE
Ms N. Shakuro
Mr D. Nebrat

UNITED KINGDOM
Ms E. Fuller
Ms P. Gordon

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EUROPEAN UNION
Ms L. Pavan-Woolfe

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CANADA
-

HOLY SEE
-

JAPAN
Mr H. Karube
Mr Y. Iizawa

MEXICO
Ms L. Madero

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Mr V. Carver

Item 1.1

Adoption of the agenda

Decisions

The Deputies

1. agreed to postpone the following item to one of their forthcoming meetings:

 

8.1

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) –
Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the revised Code of Sports Ethics

2. taking into account the decision above, adopted the agenda of their 1084th meeting, as it appears at Appendix 1 to the present volume of Decisions.

Item 1.3

Communication from the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General Staff matters
(SG/Com(2010)1084)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the Secretary General’s intention to appoint Mr Stanley Naismith to the post of Section Registrar (Grade A6) in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, in accordance with Article 25.5b of the Regulations on Appointments (Appendix II to the Staff Regulations), with effect from 1 July 2010;

2. took note of the communication of the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General (SG/Com(2010)1084) and the exchange of views under this item.

Item 1.4

Report of the Bureau
(CM/Bur/Del(2010)13)

Decision

The Deputies took note of the report of the meeting of the Bureau of 30 April 2010 (document CM/Bur/Del(2010)13) and approved the recommendations contained therein.

Item 1.5

120th Session of the Committee of Ministers (Strasbourg, 11 May 2010) – Preparation
(CM/Del/Dec(2010)1080/1.5, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1081/1.5, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1082/1.5, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/1.5, CM(2008)34, CM(2010)52 prov, CM(2010)OJ1 final)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the draft annotated agenda of the 120th Session of the Committee of Ministers, as it appears in document CM(2010)OJ1 final;

2. noted that the Chairmanship and the Vice-chairmanship will make a Declaration on Bosnia and Herzegovina;

3. approved the report on the co-operation between the Council of Europe and the European Union (documents CM(2010)52 final and CM(2010)52 add final) and agreed to transmit it to the 120th Ministerial Session;

4. noted that a provisional list of speakers for the 120th Session, established by the Chair on the basis of information provided concerning ministerial attendance, will be communicated to delegations on Friday 7 May 2010.

Item 1.7

Meeting between the chair of the Ministers’ Deputies and the presidents of monitoring bodies together with the Commissioner for Human Rights (19 March 2010) – Follow-up

This item was postponed.

Item 1.8

Priorities for 2011 – Secretary General’s proposals
(CM/Del/Dec(2010)1075/1.5, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1077/11.7/app12, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/1.6, CM(2010)42 rev)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. welcomed the strategic approach of the Secretary General to the prioritisation of the Programme of Activities and Budget and supported his proposals for Priorities for 2011, as they appear in chapter II of document CM(2010)42 rev;

2. considering that containing staff costs is a necessary part of the reform process, emphasised the need to further pursue such efforts in this respect;

3. agreed to examine the budgetary implications contained in document CM(2010)42 rev in their Rapporteur Group on Programme, Budget and Administration (GR-PBA);

4. adopted Resolution CM/Res(2010)2 amending Resolution (96) 36 establishing the criteria for partial and enlarged agreements of the Council of Europe, as it appears at Appendix 2 to the present volume of Decisions;

5. agreed to resume consideration of this item at the latest at their 1089th meeting (30 June 2010), with a view to taking appropriate decisions.

Item 2.1bis

Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability
- Moldova
(GR-DEM(2010)CB5, SG/Inf(2010)10 and DPA/Inf(2010)13)

Decisions

The Deputies

Concerning Moldova

In the light of the report of the Secretariat on the state of progress of co-operation between the Council of Europe and Moldova (document SG/Inf(2010)10) and document DPA/Inf(2010)13 on the draft implementation plan for confidence-building measures in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova (2010-2011),

1. welcomed the willingness of the Moldovan authorities to carry out a set of reforms, the intensification of co-operation between Moldova and the Council of Europe, as well as the joint efforts of the Council of Europe and the European Union in designing and implementing programmes of co-operation with Moldova in the fields of democracy, the rule of law and human rights;

2. invited the Moldovan authorities to implement, as soon as possible, the last remaining accession commitments, in particular the transfer of responsibility of remand prisoners in pre-trial detention centres from the Ministry of Internal Affairs to the Ministry of Justice;

3. called on all political forces to do their utmost to address the political and institutional deadlock by engaging in a constructive dialogue, with a view to reaching a mutually acceptable agreement, as soon as possible, regarding the revision of Article 78 of the Constitution (on the election of the President), in ongoing consultation with and taking into account the advice of the Venice Commission;

4. reiterated the importance of ensuring that the future elections meet the highest democratic standards by addressing deficiencies which were identified during the 2009 elections; in this regard, they invited the Secretariat to prepare, in co-operation with the competent Moldovan authorities, detailed proposals for pre-electoral assistance and to submit them for consideration to their Rapporteur Group on Democracy
(GR-DEM);

5. invited the GR-DEM to follow progress made in the implementation of the recommendations included in document SG/Inf(2010)10 and the projects concerning confidence-building measures in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova contained in document DPA/Inf(2010)13 and the above-mentioned decisions.

Item 2.3

European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) –
Abridged report of the 45th meeting (Strasbourg, 1-2 March 2010)
(GR-DEM(2010)CB5, CM(2010)38)

Decision

The Deputies took note of the abridged report of the 45th meeting of the European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR), as it appears in document CM(2010)38.

Item 3.1a

Parliamentary Assembly –
2nd part of the 2010 Session (Strasbourg, 26-30 April 2010)

a. Communication by the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly on the 2nd part of the 2010 Session and other Assembly activities
(SG-AS(2010)04)

Decision

The Deputies took note of the communication by the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly on the 2nd part of the 2010 Session and other Assembly activities, as it appears in document SG-AS(2010)04.

Item 3.1b

Parliamentary Assembly –
2nd part of the 2010 Session (Strasbourg, 26-30 April 2010)

b. Communication by the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers and replies to parliamentary questions (26 April 2010)
(CM/AS(2010)3, CM/AS(2010)4, AS(2010)CR11)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the report of Ms Micheline Calmy-Rey, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland and Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers, to the Parliamentary Assembly (document CM/AS(2010)3) and of her statement (document CM/AS(2010)4);

2. took note of the replies given to parliamentary questions by the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers (document AS(2010)CR11).

Item 3.2a

Written Questions by members of the Parliamentary Assembly to the Chairprson of the Committee of Ministers

a. Written Question No. 575 by Mr Pourgourides: “Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Cyprus v. Turkey: access to Turkish military archives”
(CM/AS(2010)Quest575 prov2)

Decision

The Deputies noted that their Chair would send to the Parliamentary Assembly the reply by the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers to Written Question No. 575 by Mr Pourgourides: “Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Cyprus v. Turkey: access to Turkish military archives”, as it appears at Appendix 3 to the present volume of Decisions.3

Item 4.1

European Social Charter – European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) –
Procedure for the election of five members

Decisions

The Deputies

1. adopted the following procedure for filling the five seats on the European Committee of Social Rights falling vacant on 31 December 2010, the terms for these seats beginning on 1 January 2011 and ending on 31 December 2016:

a. each Contracting Party to the European Social Charter or Revised European Social Charter may submit to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, by 15 September 2010 at the latest, the name of a candidate it deems suitable for the vacant seats, bearing in mind that these seats concern Groups I (one seat), III (one seat), IV (one seat) and V (two seats), and having regard to Article 25 of the Charter as it appears in Article 3 of the Protocol amending the European Social Charter and to the agreed rules concerning nationality,4 and taking into account Recommendation No. R (81) 6 of the Committee of Ministers adopted on 30 April 1981;5

b. the Secretary General will then forward the list of nominations to the Committee of Ministers which will hold an election by secret ballot at one of its meetings in the autumn of 2010;

c. the candidate(s) obtaining an absolute majority of the votes cast and the highest number of votes will be declared elected;

d. if one or all the seats remain unfilled after the first ballot, there will be a second round of voting in which the candidate(s) obtaining the highest number of votes will be declared elected;

2. agreed, for the purposes of this election, to allocate the 47 member states as follows:6

Group I (three seats): one seat vacant

Armenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Slovak Republic and Switzerland.

Group II (three seats): no seats vacant

Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Romania and Turkey.

Group III (three seats): one seat vacant

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Group IV (three seats): one seat vacant

Albania, Andorra, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino and Spain.

Group V (three seats): two seats vacant

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Ukraine.

Item 4.2

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities –
Draft Resolution CM/ResCMN(2010)… on the implementation of the Framework Convention by Moldova
(CM(2010)33)

Decision

The Deputies adopted Resolution CM/ResCMN(2010)6 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Moldova, as it appears at Appendix 4 to the present volume of Decisions.

Item 6.1

Pompidou Group – Opinion following a feasibility study with a view to examining the advisability of drawing up a new framework convention on drug policy
(CM(2010)37)

Decision

The Deputies, in their composition restricted to the representatives of the States members of the
Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group),
7 took note of the opinion of the Pompidou Group, as it appears in document CM(2010)37.

Item 6.2a,b,c

European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)

a. Abridged report of the 23rd meeting (Strasbourg, 24-25 February 2010)
b. Draft New Strategy for Social Cohesion
c. Draft Council of Europe Action Plan for Social Cohesion

These sub-items were postponed.

Item 6.2d

European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)

d. Draft Guidelines on improving the situation of low-income workers and on the empowerment of people experiencing extreme poverty
(CM(2010)39)

Decision

The Deputies adopted the Guidelines on improving the situation of low-income workers and on the empowerment of people experiencing extreme poverty, as they appear at Appendix 5 to the present volume of Decisions.

Item 6.3

European Committee on Migration (CDMG) –
Abridged report of the 58th meeting (Strasbourg, 10-12 February 2010)
(CM(2010)34)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. took note of the opinion on the housing situation of Roma and Travellers in Europe (cf. Appendix II to document CM(2010)34);

2. in the light of the decision above, took note of the abridged report of the 58th meeting of the European Committee on Migration (CDMG), as it appears in document CM(2010)34, as a whole.

Item 6.4

European Pharmacopoeia (EDQM) –
European Committee on Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-PH) –
Abridged report of the 3rd meeting (Strasbourg, 26-27 January 2010)
(CM(2010)35)

Decision

The Deputies, in their composition restricted to the representatives of the States Parties to the Convention on the Elaboration of a European Pharmacopoeia,8 took note of the abridged report of the 3rd meeting of the European Committee on Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (CD-P-PH), as it appears in document CM(2010)35.

Item 7.1

Steering Committee for Education (CDED)

a. Abridged report of the 9th plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 24-26 February 2010)
b. Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education and its Explanatory Memorandum
(CM(2010)32 and CM(2010)32 add)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. approved draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (document CM(2010)32, Appendix 2) and agreed to transmit it to the 120th Session of the Committee of Ministers (11 May 2010), together with its Explanatory Memorandum (document CM(2010)32 add);

3. in the light of the decision above, took note of the abridged report of the 9th plenary meeting of the Steering Committee for Education (CDED), as it appears in document CM(2010)32, as a whole.

Item 8.1

Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) – Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the revised Code of Sports Ethics

This item was postponed under item 1.1.

Item 11.1

Pension Reserve Fund –
Nomination to the Management Board
(CM(2010)40 and CM(2010)41)

Decision

The Deputies decided to make the following nominations to the Management Board of the Pension Reserve Fund, in accordance with Article 5 of Resolution Res(2006)1:

- Mr Ahmet Kesik, on the proposal of Turkey, for a term of appointment of three years beginning on 24 May 2010;

- Mr Marc Baechel, on the proposal of the Staff Committee, for a term of appointment of three years beginning on 24 May 2010.

Appendix 1
(Item 1.1)

1084 Meeting of the Ministers' Deputies
(Strasbourg, 5 (10 a.m.) May 2010)


Agenda

1. General questions

1.1 Adoption of the agenda

      (CM/Del/OJ(2010)1084)

1.2 Preparation of forthcoming meetings

1.3 Dialogue with the Secretary General and the Deputy Secretary General – Staff matters

      (SG/Com(2010)1084)

1.4 Report of the Bureau

      (CM/Bur/Del(2010)13)

1.5 120th Session of the Committee of Ministers (Strasbourg, 11 May 2010) – Preparation

      (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1080/1.5, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1081/1.5, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1082/1.5, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/1.5, CM(2008)34, CM(2010)52 prov, CM(2010)OJ1 final and DD(2010)235)
      (CM/Notes/1084/1.5 of 3.5.2010)

1.6 Conferences of Specialised Ministers – State of preparation

      (CM/Inf(2010)13)

1.7 Meeting between the chair of the Ministers’ Deputies and the presidents of monitoring bodies together with the Commissioner for Human Rights (19 March 2010) – Follow-up

(Item postponed)


1.8 Priorities for 2011 – Secretary General’s proposals

      (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1075/1.5, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1077/11.7 app12, CM/Del/Dec(2010)1083/1.6 and CM(2010)42 rev)

1.9 Communication by the Chairman of the Ministers’ Deputies

2. Democracy and political questions

2.1 The Council of Europe and the conflict in Georgia

      (CM(2008)150 rev, CM(2008)162, SG/Inf(2008)19, DD(2008)631, SG/Inf(2009)5, SG/Inf(2009)7, CM(2009)PV prov, CM(2009)PV add1, CM(2009)PV add2, SG/Inf(2009)10, SG/Inf(2009)5 add, SG/Inf(2009)9, CM/AS(2009)Quest572, DD(2009)447, SG/Inf(2009)15 fin, SG/Inf(2009)5 add2, Parliamentary Assembly REC_1846 (2008) and CM/AS(2009)Rec1846 fin, Parliamentary Assembly REC_1857 (2009) and CM/AS(2009)Rec1857 fin, CM(2009)164, Parliamentary Assembly
      REC_1869 (2009) and CM/AS(2010)Rec1869 fin, DD(2010)71, DD(2010)95, SG/Inf(2010)7, SG/Inf(2010)8 and DD(2010)238)
      (CM/Notes/1084/2.1 of 30.4.2010)

2.1bis Current political questions

a. Activities for the development and consolidation of democratic stability

    . Moldova

(Item prepared by the GR-DEM on 20.4.2010)

      (GR-DEM(2010)CB5, SG/Inf(2010)10 and DPA/Inf(2010)13)
      (CM/Notes/1084/2.1bis of 28.4.2010)

b. Other questions

2.2 Situation in Cyprus

2.3 European Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) –
Abridged report of the 45th meeting (Strasbourg, 1-2 March 2010)
(Item prepared by the GR-DEM on 20.4.2010)

      (CM(2010)38 and GR-DEM(2010)CB5)
      (CM/Notes/1084/2.3 of 23.4.2010)

3. Parliamentary Assembly

3.1 2nd Part of the 2010 Session (Strasbourg, 26-30 April 2010)

a. Communication by the Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly on the 2nd Part of the 2010 Session and other Assembly activities

b. Communication by the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers and replies to parliamentary questions (26 April 2010)

      (SG/AS(2010)04, CM/AS(2010)3, CM/AS(2010)4 and AS(2010)CR11)
      (CM/Notes/1084/3.1 of 27.4.2010)

3.2 Written Questions by members of the Parliamentary Assembly to the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers

a. Written Question No. 575 by Mr Pourgourides: “Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Cyprus v. Turkey: access to Turkish military archives”

      (CM/AS(2010)Quest575 prov2)
      (CM/Notes/1084/3.2a of 30.4.2010)

4. Human rights

4.1 European Social Charter –
European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) – Procedure for the election of five members
(Item prepared by the GR-H on 15.4.2010)

      (CM/Notes/1084/4.1 of 15.4.2010)

4.2 Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities –
Draft Resolution CM/ResCMN(2010)… on the implementation of the Framework Convention by Moldova
(Item prepared by the GR-H on 15.4.2010)

      (CM(2010)33)
      (CM/Notes/1084/4.2 of 22.4.2010)

6. Social cohesion

6.1 Pompidou Group –
Opinion following a feasibility study with a view to examining the advisability of drawing up a new framework convention on drug policy
(Item prepared by the GR-SOC on 22.4.2010)

      (CM(2010)37)
      (CM/Notes/1084/6.1 of 23.4.2010)

6.2 European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)

a. Abridged report of the 23rd meeting (Strasbourg, 24-25 February 2010)

b. Draft New Strategy for Social Cohesion

c. Draft Council of Europe Action Plan for Social Cohesion

(Sub-items a, b and c to be prepared by the GR-SOC on 15.6.2010)

(Sub-items a, b and c postponed)

d. Draft Guidelines on improving the situation of low-income workers and on the empowerment of people experiencing extreme poverty

(Sub-item d prepared by the GR-SOC on 22.4.2010)

      (CM(2010)39)
      (CM/Notes/1084/6.2 of 23.4.2010)

6.3 European Committee on Migration (CDMG) –
Abridged report of the 58th meeting (Strasbourg, 10-12 February 2010)
(Item prepared by the GR-SOC on 22.4.2010)

      (CM(2010)34)
      (CM/Notes/1084/6.3 of 23.4.2010)

6.4 European Pharmacopoeia (EDQM) –
European Committee on Pharmaceuticals and Pharmaceutical Care (Partial Agreement)
(CD-P-PH) – Abridged report of the 3rd meeting (Strasbourg, 26-27 January 2010)
(Item prepared by the GR-SOC on 22.4.2010)

      (CM(2010)35)
      (CM/Notes/1084/6.4 of 23.4.2010)

7. Education and culture

7.1 Steering Committee for Education (CDED)

a. Abridged report of the 9th plenary meeting (Strasbourg, 24-26 February 2010)

b. Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education and its Explanatory Memorandum

(Item prepared by the GR-C on 20.4.2010)

      (CM(2010)32 and CM(2010)32 add)
      (CM/Notes/1084/7.1 of 21.4.2010)

7.2 “Cultural education: the promotion of cultural knowledge, creativity and intercultural understanding through education” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1884 (2009)
(Item prepared by the GR-C on 20.4.2010)


(This item has been examined at the 1083rd meeting (21 April 2010) of the Ministers’ Deputies)

8. Youth and sport

8.1 Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS) –
Draft Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)… of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the revised Code of Sports Ethics
(Item prepared by the GR-C on 20.4.2010)


      (CM(2010)18)
      (CM/Notes/1084/8.1 of 21.4.2010)

(Item postponed)

10. Legal questions

10.1 European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) –
Draft Council of Europe Convention on the Counterfeiting of Medical Products and Similar Crimes involving Threats to Public Health and its Explanatory Report
(Item to be prepared by the GR-J on 4.5.2010)

      (CM/Del/Dec(2010)1082/1.1, CM(2010)30 prov3 and CM(2010)30 addprov3)

11. Administration and logistics

11.1 Pension Reserve Fund – Nomination to the Management Board

      (CM(2010)40 and CM(2010)41)
      (CM/Notes/1084/11.1 of 22.4.2010)

13. Any other business

Appendix 2
(Item 1.8)

Resolution CM/Res(2010)2
amending Resolution (96) 36
establishing the criteria for partial and enlarged agreements of the Council of Europe

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 5 May 2010
at the 1084th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers,

Considering Statutory Resolution (93) 28 on partial and enlarged agreements adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 14 May 1993 at its 92nd Session;

Having regard to Resolution (96) 36 establishing the criteria for partial and enlarged agreements of the Council of Europe adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 17 October 1996 at the 575th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies;

In view of the Secretary General’s proposals regarding priorities for 2011 as set out in document CM(2010)42 rev;

Wishing to introduce a measure of flexibility in the application of the criteria set forth in the aforementioned Resolution (96) 36 as regards the minimum membership threshold for establishing new partial agreements;

Decides to amend Resolution (96) 36 establishing the criteria for partial and enlarged agreements of the Council of Europe as follows:

1. Paragraph 2 of this resolution is amended to read:

“No new partial agreement shall be established without a sufficient number of participating states. The Committee of Ministers shall decide the required minimum number of participating states for each new partial agreement. Unless otherwise decided by the Committee of Ministers, the minimum membership criterion is fixed at one third of the member states of the Council of Europe. If an existing partial agreement no longer meets the minimum membership criterion decided at its establishment, the Committee of Ministers will decide whether it should continue.”

2. All the other provisions of Resolution (96) 36 establishing the criteria for partial and enlarged agreements of the Council of Europe remain unchanged.

Appendix 3
(Item 3.2a)

Reply by the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers to Written Question No. 575 by Mr Pourgourides: “Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Cyprus v. Turkey: access to Turkish military archives”

The Chair of the Committee of Ministers would like to remind the Honourable Parliamentarian that, as this judgment is on the Committee’s agenda under the terms of Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the answer it can provide to his Written Question is contained in the decisions adopted in this context.

The decisions can be reached at the following link:

http://www.coe.int/t/cm/System/WCDsearch.asp?ShowRes=yes&DocType=docDecision&Theme=thmHumanRights&Keyword=(DH)&Language=lanEnglish&Sector=secCM&ResultTitle=Decisions#

Appendix 4
(Item 4.2)

Resolution CM/ResCMN(2010)6
on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
by Moldova

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 5 May 2010
at the 1084th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

The Committee of Ministers, under the terms of Articles 24 to 26 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (hereinafter referred to as “the Framework Convention”);

Having regard to Resolution (97) 10 of 17 September 1997 setting out rules adopted by the Committee of Ministers on the monitoring arrangements under Articles 24 to 26 of the Framework Convention;

Having regard to the voting rule adopted in the context of adopting Resolution (97) 10;9

Having regard to the instrument of ratification submitted by Moldova on 20 November 1996;

Recalling that the Government of Moldova transmitted its state report in respect of the third monitoring cycle under the Framework Convention on 24 February 2009;

Having examined the Advisory Committee’s third opinion on Moldova, adopted on 26 June 2009, as well as the written comments of the Government of Moldova, received on 11 December 2009;

Having also taken note of comments by other governments,

1. Adopts the following conclusions in respect of Moldova:

a) Positive developments

Moldova has pursued a proactive approach towards the monitoring process and has taken useful steps to disseminate the results of the two first cycles of monitoring, notably by translating them into various national minority languages. The authorities have also maintained an inclusive approach in practice in the communication with representatives of the national minorities.

In the field of protection against discrimination, some positive steps have been taken in order to improve the legislative framework to combat discrimination. It is expected notably that a comprehensive
anti-discrimination law will be adopted as a matter of priority. Additionally, the important work of the Parliamentary Advocates in the field of prevention and monitoring of discrimination has been pursued.

The authorities have continued to provide support to activities to preserve and develop the cultural heritage of national minorities. Public TV and radio have continued to broadcast programmes in minority languages, even though the amount and quality are reportedly insufficient and broadcasting times, as far as television is concerned, are not adequate.

Muslim believers have been allocated a specific spot for burials in Chisinau’s cemetery.

Possibilities to be taught minority languages have expanded. Particular efforts have been made to develop the supply of textbooks for minority language teaching. Efforts have also been made to expand the model of “experimental schools” providing education in minority languages. New classes aiming at fostering tolerance and mutual respect in society have been introduced in the school curriculum. Some municipalities have developed measures to increase the enrolment rates of Roma children in schools and improve their participation in education in general.

The authorities have developed a range of agreements aiming at developing cross border co-operation in the field of minority protection, including at regional level.

b) Issues of concern

The results of the population census of 2004 are not entirely reliable as far as ethnic origin and language are concerned. Moreover, information on the socio-economic and educational situation of persons belonging to national minorities remains limited. The systematic collection of data on discrimination-related cases is also lacking.

Although Moldovan society continues to be characterised by peaceful relations between persons belonging to different groups, it is worrying that linguistic divisions are sometimes used to stir up cleavages in society. Moreover, persons belonging to some groups, such as non-European immigrants and Roma, are often confronted with intolerance, at times fuelled by the media, and instances of racially-motivated insults and acts. Police harassment and brutality against persons belonging to these groups are also often reported.

Support allocated to the Bureau for Interethnic Relations, and other institutions dealing with minority issues, has decreased in recent years. As far as the system of allocation of support for the preservation and development of the cultural heritage of national minorities is concerned, the representatives of the latter regret that it lacks transparency and participation of minority organisations and representatives. Numerically smaller minorities would like to receive greater support to preserve their culture and languages.

Muslim organisations have not succeeded in having Islam recognised as a religion in Moldova, including following the entry into force of the new Law on religious denominations in 2008. This prevents them from effectively exercising their right to manifest their religion and establish religious institutions, organisations and associations.

The provision of adequate teaching of the state language to persons belonging to national minorities continues to be insufficient, despite the various programmes implemented by different actors in recent years. This can result in reduced opportunities to effectively participate in public affairs and in socio-economic life. Besides, further developments of the system of teaching of and in minority languages are hampered by a general lack of means, notably of textbooks and adequate teacher training.

Despite the adoption of successive specific action plans to improve the situation of the Roma and some action taken locally, many of the Roma continue to live in isolated settlements in substandard housing and extreme poverty conditions, and have low rates of participation in the education system. Their participation in public affairs also remains limited. Moreover, they often face discrimination, and sometimes hostile societal attitudes. Implementation of the 2007-2010 Action Plan could have benefitted from the allocation of greater resources.

The participation of persons belonging to national minorities in the state administration is more limited than in elected bodies. The employment of Roma and of persons belonging to numerically smaller minorities in state administration and civil service is particularly low.

Minority representatives regret that the decision-making authorities do not make full use of the potential of the Co-ordinating Council of Ethno-cultural Organisations as an advisory body on minority-related issues.

The functioning of the autonomy regime in Gagauzia is marred by a number of inconsistencies with regard to the division of competences between the central government and the authorities of Gagauzia.

2. Adopts the following recommendations in respect of Moldova:

In addition to the measures to be taken to implement the detailed recommendations contained in sections I and II of the Advisory Committee's Opinion, the authorities are invited to take the following measures to improve further the implementation of the Framework Convention:

Issues for immediate action10

- Adopt as a matter of priority comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation; carry out, on a regular basis, monitoring of discrimination, as well as of racially-motivated or anti-Semitic acts.

- Take more resolute measures to combat all forms of intolerance, including in the media and in political life, and promote mutual respect and understanding. Effectively investigate and sanction all forms of misbehaviour by the police.

- Take more resolute measures to ensure that the implementation of the action plan for Roma results in substantial and lasting improvement in the situation of the Roma in all areas, including by allocating adequate resources to its implementation; take steps to promote a better representation of the Roma at all levels.

Further recommendations1

- Ensure that the next population census is carried out fully in accordance with international recommendations as far as the collection of data on ethnic origin and language are concerned.

- Provide adequate support to the Bureau for Interethnic Relations so that it can effectively play its role as main actor of the government’s policy in the field of national minorities and interethnic relations.

- Ensure that the allocation of support for the activities of national minority organisations is made in a transparent and participative manner; pay due attention to the needs of all the national minorities in the field of preservation and development of their culture and language.

- Ensure that Muslim believers, and persons belonging to other religions, can effectively enjoy the right to manifest their religion or belief and establish religious institutions, organisations and associations.

- Pursue the efforts to develop a system of multilingual education, including education in minority languages. Make every effort to improve substantially the availability and quality of teaching of the state language.

- Take further, more resolute measures to increase the participation of persons belonging to national minorities, including of numerically smaller minorities, in the state administration and in public services.

- Ensure that the Co-ordinating Council of Ethno-cultural Organisations can effectively play its role as a consultation mechanism and enable persons belonging to national minorities effectively to take part in decision making.

- Pursue the dialogue with a view to providing a clearer determination of the competences of the Gagauz authorities and allowing for a more effective functioning of the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia.

3. Invites the Government of Moldova, in accordance with Resolution (97) 10:

    a. to continue the dialogue in progress with the Advisory Committee;

b. to keep the Advisory Committee regularly informed of the measures it has taken in response
to the conclusions and recommendations set out in sections 1 and 2 above.

Appendix 5
(Item 6.2d)

Guidelines on improving the situation of low-income workers and on the empowerment of people experiencing extreme poverty

(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 5 May 2010
at the 1084th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

Preamble

The Committee of Ministers,

Recalling Articles 1 and 4 on the right to work and the right to a fair remuneration, as well as Article 30 on the right to protection against poverty and social exclusion, of the revised European Social Charter (ETS No. 163);

Bearing in mind the basic principles of the European Code of Social Security (ETS No. 48);

Recalling the Strategy for Social Cohesion (revised);

Stressing the importance of implementing integrated policies in these areas, involving public authorities at all levels, as well as civil society and other relevant stakeholders;

Bearing in mind that low-income employment and precarious work have become increasingly widespread problems in many member states and that, for too many low-income workers, employment is not the only way to escape from poverty;

Acknowledging that some vulnerable groups are at risk of low-income employment, such as women, young and older workers, single-earner households, lone-parents, single people, those with a low level of qualification or no qualifications at all, migrants, internally displaced persons, members of the Roma and Traveller communities, people with disabilities and homeless people;

Recognising that prolonged unemployment, or prolonged low-income employment, can be a barrier to employment progression, with negative consequences;

Considering that extreme poverty, which prevents people from exercising their social and human rights, leads to social exclusion and endangers social cohesion, and that people experiencing extreme poverty have the right to live a dignified and independent life;

Recognising that empowerment of people experiencing extreme poverty requires tailor-made measures in a multidimensional, structural, dynamic and long-term approach and that action is needed on three levels: on building individual capacity, on supporting social networks, and on stimulating participation in
policy-making processes;

Considering relevant work of the Council of Europe in the social field, in particular the report on access to social rights,

Invites member states to take into consideration the following guidelines when formulating or reviewing national policies.

A. Improving the situation of low-income workers

I. Definition

1. For the purpose of these guidelines, “low-income workers” are those living in households whose income from employment, together with other sources of income, is not sufficient to ensure that their total income is above 60% of the median national equivalised income (that is, the at risk of poverty threshold).

II. Integrated policies

2. Member states should reform the welfare regimes to ensure that poverty traps are removed and that low-income workers are not excluded from social welfare benefits.

3. Employment policies on flexible working arrangements should not result in a reduction in workers’ rights and in social security entitlements.

4. Appropriate mechanisms for national minimum wages or equivalent adequate wages should be promoted.

5. Taxation policies should take into account the position of low-income workers.

6. Low-income workers should have access to good quality public services (for example, health, education, social services, housing, etc.).

III. Measures to prevent and to remedy low-income employment

7. Activation measures should address both the supply and demand sides of the labour market and should aim to provide the necessary support to obtain good quality, suitable and sustainable employment that provides an adequate income.

8. Policies should combat discrimination and reduce the gender pay gap in line with the right of men and women to equal pay for work of equal value and support the training and employment of people with disabilities.

9. Measures should be taken to ensure that children of low-income families have equal opportunities to be integrated fully in the educational system and to participate in cultural and leisure activities. Child labour should be eliminated and young people prevented from leaving school before they have obtained relevant qualifications and skills which would facilitate their access to employment and lifelong opportunities.

10. Measures should be implemented to inform families and young people on access to in-work support, social assistance, housing benefit, etc.

11. Regional differences should be addressed to ensure equity in pay, job availability and the provision of accessible and marketable training programmes.

12. Business sectors that have higher proportions of low-income workers should be encouraged to introduce measures contributing to an adequate income and to upgrade skills and enhance employability.

13. Low-income workers, like all workers, should be guaranteed acceptable working conditions: fair remuneration, participation and representation in collective bargain arrangements, a work-life balance and reasonable security of employment. Social dialogue should be promoted between trade unions and employers to ensure these rights.

14. The unemployed and low-skilled, low-income workers should be supported in addressing psychological, social and cultural barriers, as a means to enhancing employment prospects.

15. The work of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) providing services to support low-income workers and employment through social enterprise and other services should be promoted.

16. Local authorities should be encouraged to support and co-ordinate services at local level to improve the situation of low-income workers.

IV. Assessment

17. Appropriate mechanisms should be introduced to monitor the effectiveness of policies to improve the situation of low-income workers by:

a. collecting information and statistics on low-income employment and analysing the social, economic and gender-based situation of low-income households and the factors influencing changes in their number;

b. developing indicators (which are not only monetary) to monitor progress towards reducing
low-income employment (for example, mobility, quality of work, etc.);

c. assessing and evaluating current policies and pilot projects and involving low-income workers in the process;

d. undertaking longitudinal studies to monitor low-income employment;

e. conducting comparative studies on low-income workers and persons furthest from the labour market;

f. using this data to develop evidence-based policy to fight low-income employment.

B. Empowerment of people experiencing extreme poverty

V. Definition

18. Extreme poverty, which manifests itself differently in different countries, arises when the disadvantages of poverty – when the income and resources of a person are so inadequate as to preclude the person from having a standard of living considered acceptable by the society in which he/she lives – are greater in number and are endured for longer periods. No immediate prospects to overcome this degree of poverty are available to those affected, especially without external support.

VI. Strategies and their implementation

19. Comprehensive, multidimensional strategies should be developed to empower people experiencing extreme poverty, in dialogue with them, the people who work with them and other relevant stakeholders.

20. As a priority, an adequate minimum income and adequate quality social services should be provided.

21. Co-ordination of design and implementation of strategies and policies should be ensured between public services, in co-operation with NGOs and other relevant stakeholders while defining, as appropriate, related political responsibilities and accountability.

22. Funding arrangements for services which support people experiencing extreme poverty should be long term if they are to be effective.

23. Appropriate quality training should be ensured for those who implement policies and provide services.

VII. Support schemes

24. Integrated, tailored, affordable and geographically accessible systems of support for a decent life should be designed and implemented.

25. Private initiatives taken at the national and local level should be facilitated.

26. Initiatives of mutual support and collective mobilisation of people experiencing extreme poverty should be supported.

27. Solidarity should be stimulated and initiatives developed to enhance awareness about causes and effects of extreme poverty.

28. Long-term community development in deprived neighbourhoods should be conducted with full involvement of the local community.

VIII. Empowerment and participation

29. Policies and their implementation should be reviewed and if necessary reformed, particularly with the view of improving co-ordination and of promoting empowerment and participation.

30. Procedures for policy making, implementation, monitoring and evaluation should be adjusted in order to create and develop the necessary conditions to enable the people experiencing extreme poverty to voice their opinions.

31. Further development of the role of civil society, particularly NGOs playing a crucial role for poverty eradication, should be encouraged.

32. Children should be given adequate access to resources which allow them to realise their full potential, to avoid poverty and to ensure participation in society.

IX. Research and exchange of good practice

33. Qualitative and quantitative research should be carried out into the needs and aspirations of people experiencing extreme poverty, as well as into the effectiveness of the empowerment strategies and their implementation. This could be greatly assisted by exchanging and assessing good practices.

+ There were no decisions under this item.

+ There were no decisions under this item.

3 See also document CM/AS(2010)Quest575 final.

4 The Committee may consist of no more than one member of any particular nationality.

5 The recommendation covers the participation of men and women in an equitable proportion in committees and other bodies set up in the Council of Europe.

6 States that have ratified the Charter or Revised Charter are shown in bold type in the text.

7 Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom.

8 States concerned: Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Turkey and United Kingdom.

9 In the context of adopting Resolution (97) 10 on 17 September 1997, the Committee of Ministers also adopted the following rule: “Decisions pursuant to Articles 24.1 and 25.2 of the Framework Convention shall be considered to be adopted if two-thirds of the representatives of the Contracting Parties casting a vote, including a majority of the representatives of the Contracting Parties entitled to sit on the Committee of Ministers, vote in favour”.

10 The recommendations below are listed in the order of the corresponding articles of the Framework Convention.


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