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CM/Inf(2005)43 5 October 20051
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2nd meeting of the Co-ordination Group
between the Council of Europe and the OSCE
(Strasbourg, 30 September 2005)

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Introduction

The second meeting of the Co-ordination Group set up in December 2004 between the Council of Europe and the OSCE took place on 30 September 2005 at the Council of Europe’s headquarters in Strasbourg.

The list of participants is set out in Appendix 1.

The report drawn up by the Chairs at the close of the meeting appears in Appendix 2.

Appendix 1

List of participants

OSCE

SLOVENIA (Chairmanship)
- Amb. Janez LENARCIC, Chairman of the Permanent Council, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the OSCE
- Ms Blažka KEPIC, Deputy Head of Mission, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the OSCE
BULGARIA
- Mr Petko BAEV, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Bulgarian Mission to the Council of Europe
BELGIUM
- Mr Pascal HEYMAN, Deputy Head of Mission, Permanent Mission of Belgium to the OSCE

OSCE focal points

The protection of national minorities
- Amb. Rolf EKEUS, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
- Ms Rebecca Soderberg, Assistant of the High Commissioner

The fight against terrorism
- Mr Dimitar JALNEV, Programme Co-ordinator, Action Against Terrorism Unit

The fight against trafficking in human beings
- Mr Berry KRALJ, Executive Assistant to the Special Representative

The fight against intolerance and discrimination
- Mr Maximilian HENNIG, Special Adviser, ODIHR

OSCE Secretariat

- Mr Marc PERRIN de BRICHAMBAUT, Secretary General of the OSCE
- Ms Biliana HRISTOVA, External Co-operation Officer

COUNCIL OF EUROPE

Committee of Ministers

PORTUGAL (Chairmanship)
Amb. Joaquim DUARTE, Chairman of the Ministers’ Deputies, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the Council of Europe
NORWAY
Amb. Torbjørn FRØYSNES, Permanent Representative of Norway to the Council of Europe
POLAND
Mr Jacek KASPRZYK, Deputy Permanent Representative of Poland to the Council of Europe
ROMANIA
Amb. Gheorghe MAGHERU, Permanent Representative of Romania to the Council of Europe
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Mr Vasily POSPELOV, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the Council of Europe
UNITED KINGDOM
Amb. Stephen HOWARTH, Chairman of GR-OSCE, Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the Council of Europe

Council of Europe focal points

The protection of national minorities
Amb. Constantin YEROCOSTOPOULOS, Permanent Representative of Greece to the Council of Europe
Mr Hanno HARTIG, Head of the Department on Media, Equality and Minorities, Directorate General of Human Rights

The fight against terrorism
Amb. Niels-Jørgen NEHRING, Permanent Representative of Denmark to the Council of Europe
Mr Rafael BENITEZ, Head of the Counter-Terrorism Task Force – Directorate General of Legal Affairs

The fight against trafficking in human beings
Amb. Pēteris ELFERTS, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the Council of Europe
Mr Hanno HARTIG, Head of the Department on Media, Equality and Minorities, Directorate General of Human Rights

The fight against intolerance and discrimination
Amb. Constantin YEROCOSTOPOULOS, Permanent Representative of Greece to the Council of Europe
Ms Isil GACHET, Secretary to the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), Directorate General of Human Rights

Council of Europe Secretariat

Mr Terry DAVIS, Secretary General
Mr Klaus SCHUMANN, Director General of Political Affairs
Mr Ivan KOEDJIKOV, Deputy Director of Private Office
Mr Christophe POIREL, Deputy to the Secretary of the Committee of Ministers
Mr Denis HUBER, Principal Administrative Officer – Secretariat of the Committee of Ministers
Ms Olena PETSUN, Administrative Officer at the Directorate of External and Multilateral Relations – Directorate General of Political Affairs

Appendix 2

Report by the Chairs

The second meeting of the Co-ordination Group between the Council of Europe and the OSCE took place on 30 September 2005 at the Council of Europe’s headquarters in Strasbourg. The meeting was chaired by Ambassador Joaquim Duarte, Chairman of the Ministers’ Deputies of the Council of Europe. Participants in the meeting were, on the OSCE side, representatives of the OSCE troika, Secretary General Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, as well as representatives of the four OSCE focal points. The Council of Europe delegation included representatives of the Bureau of the Ministers’ Deputies, the Chair of the Rapporteur Group on relations with the OSCE, the Council of Europe focal points, as well as Secretary General Terry Davis.

During this meeting, the participants reviewed the progress made in co-operation between the two organisations, since the first meeting of the Group (7 March 2005), in the four priority areas previously agreed upon, namely: the fight against terrorism, the protection of the rights of persons belonging to national minorities, combating trafficking in human beings and promoting tolerance and non-discrimination. In the light of reports presented by the respective OSCE and Council of Europe focal points, the Group welcomed the positive steps taken in the above four areas towards better and more effective co ordination.

A concrete example of enhanced co-operation highlighted during the meeting was the inter-agency meeting on combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance organised in Paris on 1 September 2005 with the participation of representatives of the United Nations, the OSCE/ODIHR, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe and the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia. Other welcome initiatives are the establishment of closer ties between the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts on issues relating to the protection of national minorities (DH-MIN), as well as between the OSCE and Council of Europe structures working on the fight against trafficking in human beings and terrorism.

The Group was unanimous in considering that these exchanges and contacts, including between the focal points, should become more systematic in order to ensure the best possible co-ordination on a daily basis. In this respect, it was noted that opportunities for exchanges between the two organisations should be exploited to the fullest extent possible, through, for example, participation in each other’s expert meetings or joint publications. It was also underlined that the launching of new initiatives by either organisation should be preceded by careful assessment of the situation in order to ensure that such new initiatives do not duplicate, but on the contrary reinforce, the activities carried out by the other.

Beyond the establishment of a regular and substantial flow of information between the two institutions on their respective projects and activities, the Group agreed that particular consideration should be given to the implementation of joint activities, so as to achieve more effective and long-term results in the promotion of the values which the Council of Europe and the OSCE share. This was considered all the more necessary in that the challenges to human rights and democratic values posed by issues such as terrorism and trafficking in human beings are of a global nature and therefore require common responses at the widest geographical level. Support for enhanced co-operation between the OSCE institutions and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was also proposed.

Having regard to the Council of Europe acquis in the standard-setting field, it was agreed that promoting the signature and ratification of the recently adopted Council of Europe Conventions on the Prevention of Terrorism and on the Fight against Trafficking in Human Beings by the largest possible number of countries should be one of the priorities for co-operation between the two organisations during the months to come. In this respect, the recent initiative by Spain and the Russian Federation for an OSCE draft decision on the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism was welcomed and the hope was expressed that consultations on this initiative would be successfully completed soon.

Beyond standard-setting activities, the Group agreed that equal attention should be paid to joint activities in implementing these standards. The possibilities for such joint initiatives should be explored more systematically. Reference was made, inter alia, to the organisation of joint awareness-raising and training activities for public officials in Council of Europe and OSCE member states, or the elaboration of joint strategies or action plans.

The Group asked the Council of Europe and OSCE focal points to give greater consideration to such possible joint initiatives, bearing in mind the advisability of co-ordinating action with other relevant international bodies. In particular, in the area of the fight against terrorism, attention should be paid to reinforcing co-operation with the United Nations in the context of the latter’s global strategy against terrorism. Similar attention should be paid, in the area of tolerance and non-discrimination, to co-operation with other bodies, such as the United Nations and the European Union. The Group also invited the focal points to prepare joint reports for its next meeting.

In conclusion, the Group agreed to meet again in Vienna in March 2006 in order to review the situation. It was also agreed that the two chairmanships would report back to the Permanent Council and the Committee of Ministers as soon as possible on the results of today’s meeting. Participants noted the intention expressed by the future Romanian Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to organise a High-Level “2+2”/“3+3” meeting between the Council of Europe and the OSCE in early 2006 and to work with the future Belgian Chair of the OSCE.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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