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CM/Monitor(2007)1 add 19 June 20071
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999 Meeting (in camera), 19 June 2007
2. Political questions


2.2 Future arrangements for Committee of Ministers’ thematic monitoring


Information document

Document prepared by the Directorate of Strategic Planning (DSP)

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Monitoring and other follow-up mechanisms

Theme

Relevant conventions and other legal instruments

Institution/Committee responsible

Procedure

I. Human Rights

     

General

Resolution 1115(1997) setting up of an Assembly Committee on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Member States of the CoE (Monitoring Committee)

► PACE Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly

Monitoring reports by country and annual Progress Report

Declaration on compliance with commitments accepted by member States of the CoE, 10 November 1994 and other relevant decisions

Committee of Ministers

► Monitoring in application of the 1994 Declaration
► Thematic monitoring reports, and recommendations
Specific post-accession monitoring

Committee of Ministers’ Resolution (99)50 on the Commissionner for Human Rights of the CoE

Commissioner for Human Rights

Reports to the CM and PACE, following country visits
► Thematic reports, opinions and recommendations

Art. 52 of the ECHR

Secretary General

► Explanations provided by Member States on the request of the SG

► Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

► Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR, CETS 5, 1950) as amended by Protocol No. 11, with Protocols Nos. 1, 4, 6, 7, 12 and 13)

► European Court of Human Rights

► Judicial control; Individual or Member States complaint procedure

 

►Committee of Ministers

► Supervision of execution of judgments of the ECHR based on Art. 46 § 2 of the ECHR

► Recommendation (2000)2 on re-examination or re-opening of certain cases following judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
► Recommendation (2002)13 on publication and dissemination of the ECHR and the Court’s case-law
► Recommendation (2004)4 on ECHR in university education and professional training
► Recommendation (2004)5 on the verification of the compatibility of draft laws, existing laws and administrative practice with the standards laid down in the European Convention on Human Rights
► Recommendation (2004)6 on improvement of domestic remedies

► Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

► Evaluation of implementation of the five CM recommendations

► Economic and social rights

► European Social Charter (CETS 35, 1961)
Revised Charter CETS 163, 1996)
► Additional Protocol of 1995, providing for a system of collective complaints (CETS 158, 1995)

► European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR)

► Monitoring procedure based on national reports :
► Quasi-Judicial control : collective complaints procedure

 

► Committee of Ministers
(assisted, in respect of the reporting system, by the Governmental Committee)

► Supervision of the follow-up to conclusions and decisions of the ECSR

► Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

► European Convention for the Prevention of Torture (CETS 126, 1987)
► Protocols (CETS 151 and 152, 1993)

► European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment

► Non-judicial preventive control based on visits by the CPT
► Confidential reports sent to the states concerned

► Protection of national Minorities

► Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (CETS 157, 1995)

► Committee of Ministers

► Monitoring procedure based on national reports

►The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

► Country visits and country specific opinions and CM conclusions and recommendations.

   

►Follow-up seminars in situ to advance implementation of monitoring findings

► Combating racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance

► Resolution (2002)8 on the Statute of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance

► European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

► Monitoring procedure based on country-by-country approach:
5-year cycles, 9 countries per year
► Country visits; Preparation of country-reports with specific recommendations

►Fight against trafficking in human beings

► Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS 197, 2005) (to be ratified)
► Recommendation (2000) 11 on Action against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation

► Group of Experts against trafficking in human beings (GRETA) (to be set up upon the ratification of the Convention)

► Monitoring procedure based on state reports, information from civil society and country visits;
► Country specific reports and conclusions

► Equality between women and men

►Recommendation R (85)2 on legal protection against sex discrimination
► Recommendation No. R (98) 14 on gender mainstreaming
► Recommendation Rec (2002)5 on the protection of women against violence
► Recommendation Rec (2003)3 on balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision making

► Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG)

► Follow-up of the recommendations’ implementation


► Media: transfrontier television

►European Convention on Transfrontier Television (CETS 132, 1989) and its Protocol
(CETS 171, 1998)

► Standing Committee on Transfrontier Television (T-TT)

► Follow-up of the instrument's application
► Special three tier mechanism based on mutual assistance and
cooperation between the Parties

II. Rule of Law

     

General

Resolution 1115(1997) setting up of an Assembly Committee on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Member States of the CoE (Monitoring Committee)

► PACE Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly

Monitoring reports by country and annual Progress Report

Declaration on compliance with commitments accepted by member States of the CoE, 10 November 1994 and other relevant decisions

Committee of Ministers

► Monitoring in application of the 1994 Declaration
► Thematic monitoring reports, and recommendations
Specific post-accession monitoring

Art. 52 of the ECHR

Secretary General

► Explanations provided by Member States on the request of the SG

► Functioning of justice

► Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR,
CETS 5, 1950)

► European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ)

► Evaluation of Judicial systems

► Relevant recommendations

► Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

► Evaluation of implementation of
CM recommendations (see above under human rights)

► Rule of law and citizens’ security:

     

    - Police (Activity frozen)

► European Code of Police Ethics

► Council for Police Matters (PC-PM)

► Follow-up of the instrument’s application

    - Criminal law

► Relevant CoE Conventions in the penal field

► European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC)

► Follow-up of the instruments’ application

►Convention on cybercrime (CETS 185, 2001) and its Additional Protocol (CETS 189, 2003)

►Cybercrime convention committee (T-CY) and the CDPC

 

► Recommendation R (99)20 concerning the friendly settlement of any difficulty that may arise out of the application of the Council of Europe conventions in the penal field

► Committee of Experts on the Operation of European Conventions in the Penal Field (PC-OC)

 

    - Prison rules

► Recommendation R (2006) 2 on the European Prison Rules

► Council for Penological Co-operation (PC-CP)

► Follow-up of the instrument’s application

    - Combating corruption

► Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (CETS 173, 1999)
► Civil Law Convention on Corruption (CETS 174, 1999)
► Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention on Corruption (CETS 191, 2003)
► Twenty Guiding Principles against Corruption (Resolution (97) 24)
► Recommendation on Codes of Conduct for Public Officials (Recommendation No. R (200) 10)
► Recommendation on Common Rules against Corruption in the Funding of Political Parties and Electoral Campaigns (Recommendation Rec(2003)4)

► Enlarged partial agreement on the “Group of States against corruption – GRECO”

► Monitoring reports by country and subsequent compliance reports - all based on mutual evaluation and peer pressure

    - Measures to combat money laundering

► CoE Convention on laundering, search, seizure and confiscation of the proceeds from crime (CETS 141, 1990).
► Recommendations of the FATF, including the 9 Special Recommendations on Financing of Terrorism and Terrorist Acts and terrorist organisations related to Money Laundering,
► UN Convention on illicit traffic in narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances (1988)
► UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime
► Relevant EU Directives on the prevention of the use of the financial system for money laundering

► MONEYVAL - the Committee of Experts on the Evaluation of Anti-Money Laundering Measures (formerly
PC-R-EV)

► Mutual evaluation and peer pressure mechanism:
- questionnaire based on the common global AML/CFT Methodology agreed between MONEYVAL, the FATF and the IMF/World Bank and country visits;
- country assessment reports

    - Combating terrorism

► European Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism (CETS 190, 2003) + amending Protocol

Committee of Experts on Terrorism (CODEXTER)

► Follow-up of the instruments’ application

► Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism (CETS 198, 2005) (to be ratified)

► Conference of the Parties (COP) (to be set up upon the ratification of the Convention)

►Monitoring reports by country and subsequent compliance reports - all based on mutual evaluation and peer pressure.

► "Guidelines on human rights and the fight against terrorism" and “the protection of victims of terrorist acts”

► Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH)

► Follow-up of Guidelines on “human rights and the fight against terrorism" and “the protection of victims of terrorist acts”

► Scientific revolution and legal protection of the human being

     

    - Data protection

► Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data (CETS 108, 1981)

► Consultative Committee on the Convention

► Follow-up of the instruments’ application

► Convention revised (CETS 108, 199)
► Additional Protocol (ETS No. 181, 2001)
► Relevant CM recommendations

CoE Data protection Commissioner

 

    - Family law and children’s rights

►European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions Concerning Custody of Children and on the Restoration of Custody of Children (CETS 105, 1998)

►Convention Committee on the Custody Convention (T-CC)

► Follow-up of the instruments’ application

► European Convention on the Exercise of Children’s Rights (CETS No. 160, 1996)

►Standing Committee on the European Convention on the Exercise of Children’s Rights (T-ED)

 

► other relevant conventions in the field of family law
► relevant recommendations

► Committee of Experts on Family Law (CJ-FA) and the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)

 

    - Nationality and the avoidance of statelessness

► European Convention on Nationality (CETS No. 166, 1997)

   

► Council of Europe Convention on the avoidance of statelessness in relation to state succession (CETS 200, 2006)
► Recommendation No. R (99)18 on the avoidance and reduction of statelessness

► Committee of Experts on Nationality (CJ-NA) its Working Party and the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)

► Follow-up of the instruments’ application

    - Administrative law

►European Convention on the Service Abroad of Documents relating to Administrative Matters (CETS 94, 1977)
►European Convention on the Obtaining Abroad of Information and Evidence in Administrative Matters (CETS 100, 1978)
►Resolution (77) 31 on the protection of the individual in relation to the acts of administrative authorities ("in due course")
►Resolution (78) 8 on legal aid and advice ("periodically")
►Recommendation R (80) 2 concerning the exercise of discretionary powers by administrative authorities ("in due course")
►Recommendation R (2000) 10 on codes of conducts for public officials, which "instructs the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) to monitor the implementation of this Recommendation"

►Project Group on Administrative Law (CJ-DA) and the European Committee on Legal Co-operation (CDCJ)

► Follow-up of the instruments’ application

III. Democracy

     

General

Resolution 1115(1997) setting up of an Assembly Committee on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Member States of the CoE (Monitoring Committee)

► PACE Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly

Monitoring reports by country and annual Progress Report

Declaration on compliance with commitments accepted by member States of the CoE, 10 November 1994 and other relevant decisions

Committee of Ministers

► Monitoring in application of the 1994 Declaration
► Thematic monitoring reports, and recommendations
Specific post-accession monitoring

Art. 52 of the ECHR

Secretary General

► Explanations provided by Member States on the request of the SG

► Election observation

► European Convention on Human Rights, Protocol No. 1
►Statutory Resolution CM/Res(2007)6 relating to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the CoE and the Revised Charter appended thereto
(2 May 2007)

► PACE Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly
► Congress of Local and regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

Note ► Election observation reports

► Local and regional democracy

► Charter of Local Self-Government, CETS 122
► Madrid Convention, CETS 106
►Convention on Participation of Citizen in Local Public Life, (CETS 144)

► Congress of Local and regional Authorities of the Council of Europe
► The Steering Committee for Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR)

► Follow-up of the instruments’ application by the CDLR in a “horizontal” not country-by-country way.

IV. Social cohesion

     

► Social policies

     

    - Social security

► European Code of Social Security CETS 048

► Committee of experts on Social Security (CS-SS)

► Mutual Information System on Social Protection of the Council of Europe (MISSCEO)

► Protocol to the European Code of Social Security CETS 048A

► European Committee for Social Cohesion (CDCS)

► Follow-up of the instruments’ application

► European Code of Social Security (Revised)
CETS 139

► Committee of Experts for Co-ordination in the Field of Social Security (CS-CR)
► Committee of Experts on standard-setting instruments in the field of social security (CS-CO)

 

► Drug Abuse (Pompidou Group)

► Partial Agreement Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group)

►Committee of Permanent Correspondents

►Thematic reports and opinions

► Rehabilitation and integration of people with disabilities

► Recommendation No. R (92) 6 on a coherent policy for people with disabilities

► Committee on the Rehabilitation and Integration of People with disabilities (Partial Agreement) (CD-P-RR)

► Follow-up of the instrument’s application through periodic country reports

► Recommendation Rec (2006)5 on the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan 2006-2015

► European Co-ordination Forum for the Council of Europe Disability Action Plan (2006-2015) (CAHPAH)

► Follow-up of the instrument’s application

V. Education, culture, heritage and Sport

     

► Education and Higher Education

► CoE/UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education (ETS 165, 1997; Lisbon Recognition Convention)

► Steering Committee for Higher Education and Research (CDESR)
► Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee

► ENIC/NARIC (European Network of national information centres on academic recognition and mobility) (www.enic-naric.net)

► Regional and Minority Languages

► European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

► Committee of Independent Experts

► Monitoring mechanism based on periodical reports (3-year) by State parties
► Evaluation reports by the Committee of experts
► CM recommendations to the State parties
► biannual report by the SG to the PACE

► Cultural policy, diversity and dialogue

►European Cultural Convention (CETS 018, 1954)
► European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production
(CETS 147, 1992)

► European Convention for the Protection of the Audiovisual Heritage (CETS 183, 2001)

► Steering Committee for Culture (CDCULT)

►Compendium of cultural policies and trends in Europe - online information and monitoring system (http://www.culturalpolicies.net/.)
► Programme of cultural policy reviews (national reports)
► Thematic reviews of cultural policies (multilateral reports)
►Activities related to the implementation of the European Cultural Convention: development of cultural policies and cultural co-operation

► Cultural heritage, landscape and spatial planning

► Convention for the Protection of the Architectural Heritage of Europe
(CETS 121, 1985)
► European Convention on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage (revised)
(CETS 143, 1992)
► Council of Europe Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society (CETS 199, 2005) (to be ratified)

► Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage (CDPAT)

► European Heritage Network (Herein) - online information and monitoring system:
www.european-heritage.net

- landscape policies

► European Landscape Convention (CETS 176, 2000)

► Steering Committee for Cultural Heritage (CDPAT) and Committee of Senior Officials of the European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional/Spatial Planning (CSO-CEMAT)

►Synoptic presentation of the status of landscape policies pursued by the Member States

- Spatial planning policies

 

► Committee of Senior Officials of the European Conference of Ministers responsible for Regional/Spatial Planning (CSO-CEMAT)

► General national reports on the implementation of the Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe Rec (2002) 1 on the guiding principles on sustainable spatial development of the European continent (GPSSDEC-CEMAT)
► CEMAT compendium on sustainable spatial development of the Council of Europe Member States

► Natural heritage and biological diversity

     
 

► Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention, CETS 104, 1979)

► Standing Committee established by the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (T-PVS)

►Country reports on implementation of the Convention
► biennial reports on exceptions under Art.4&8;
► 4-year general reports on implementation of different obligations by parties

►Periodical reports on the implementation of recommendations made by the Standing Committee
► Experts’ monitoring in specific fields
►A collective complaint procedure

► Sport

► European Convention on Spectator Violence and Misbehaviour at Sports Events and in Particular at Football Matches (CETS 120, 1985)

► Anti-doping Convention (STCE 135, 1989)
► Additional Protocol to the Anti-Doping Convention (CETS 188)
► Recommendations on spectator violence, recommendations on anti-doping

► Standing Committee of the Convention

► Monitoring Group of the Convention and 4 Advisory groups (T-DO- LI = Legal Issues, T-DO-SCI = Science, T-DO DB = Database, T-DO ED = Education)

► Monitoring: Annual (ETS135) and bi-annul reports (ETS120), based on questionnaires. Comprehensive data collected with an on-line questionnaire and automatic generation of reports for ETS 135. Analytical comments of the answers for ETS 120.
► Evaluation: Specific reports on targeted countries in the framework of the Compliance with Commitments programme (self-evaluation reports by the countries, evaluation reports by a team of experts and their follow-up reports); evaluation visits are invited by the countries, but can also be decided by the Monitoring Group, for countries which ratified the Additional Protocol ETS188

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 out in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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