Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/1002/10.1 11 July 20071
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1002 Meeting, 11 July 2007
10 Legal questions


10.1 European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC)

Draft Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse

Reference documents
CM/Del/Dec(2007)989/10.4, Opinion No. 263, CM(2007)112 rev and Addendum

Item prepared by GR-J on 10 July 2007

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Action

To adopt the draft Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse and take note of its Explanatory Report.

1. At its last meeting (26-30 March) the Group of Experts on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse (PC-ES) finalised the draft Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse and its Explanatory Report.

2. On 20 April, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted its Opinion
No. 263 (2007) concerning the draft Convention. In particular, the PACE welcomed the speedy preparation of the draft Convention and considered it to be a major step forward in the protection of children against this particularly repugnant kind of abuse. It also recommended all member States to accede to this Convention without making any reservations.

3. The European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC) examined the draft and its Explanatory Report at its plenary meeting on 18-22 June 2007, and approved the texts as they appeared in documents CM(2007)112 and CM(2007)112 Addendum.

4. At its meeting on 10 July 2007, the Rapporteur Group on Legal Cooperation (GR-J) examined the draft Convention as well as its Explanatory Report and agreed to transmit these texts, as they appear in documents CM(2007)112 rev and CM(2007)112 Addendum, to the Deputies for adoption of the relevant decisions (below) at their 1002nd meeting on 11 July 2007.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

1002nd meeting – 11 July 2007

Item 10.1

European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC)
Draft Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse
(CM/Del/Dec(2007)989/10.4, Opinion No. 263, CM(2007)112 rev and CM(2007)112 Addendum

Decisions

The Deputies

1. adopted the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, as it appears in document CM(2007)112 final;

2. took note of the declaration made by the European Community and the member states of the European Union;

3. decided to open the Convention for signature on the occasion of the 28th Conference of European Ministers of Justice (25-26 October 2007, Lanzarote, Spain) ;

4. took note of the Explanatory Report to the Convention as it appears in document CM(2007)112 Addendum;

5. agreed to invite the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) to examine the consequences of the so-called “disconnection clause” in international law and invited their Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J) to elaborate ad hoc terms of reference for that purpose at its next meeting.

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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