Ministers’ Deputies
    Notes on the Agenda

    CM/Notes/1041/1.6 10 November 20081
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    1041 Meeting, 19 November 2008
    1 General questions


    1.6 Transfer of Chairmanship between Sweden and Spain –

    Preparation

    Reference documents
    CM/Del/Dec(2008)1039/1.5 and CM/Del/Dec(2008)1040/1.6

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Action
To take note of the state of preparation of the 1042bis meeting for the transfer of Chairmanship between Sweden and Spain.

    1. The transfer of Chairmanship between Sweden and Spain will take place during the 1042bis meeting to be held on 27 November 2008 between 4 pm and 7 pm. At their 1040th meeting (5 November 2008), the Deputies approved the draft agenda of that meeting and took note of the draft annotated agenda (cf. Appendices 1 and 2 to the present Notes).

    2. The various items to be adopted without further discussion at the handover meeting are being prepared in Rapporteur groups as follows:

    a) Co-operation with the European Union - Priorities for future action: Under preparation by the Rapporteur Group on External Relations (GR-EXT), meeting next on 20 November 2008;

    b) The Council of Europe and the rule of law: Under preparation by the Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J), meeting next on 18 November 2008;

    c) “Building a Europe for and with children” - Strategy 2009 – 2011: Under preparation by the Thematic Coordinator on Children (TC-ENF), presently by written procedure;

    d) Draft Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents: Under preparation by the Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H), meeting next on 12 November 2008;

    e) Draft Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the Code of Good Practice on Referendums: Prepared by the Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM).

    3. It is recalled that two treaties will be opened for signature at the handover meeting2. For this purpose, a “tour de table” for delegations to indicate their intention to sign, was organised at the Deputies’ 1039th meeting (22 October 2008). As only very few member states indicated their intention to sign on that occasion, a new “tour de table” will be organised at the present meeting. It will be possible to sign these treaties from 3.30 pm onwards (room 40).

Financing assured: YES

    DRAFT DECISION

    1041st meeting – 19 November 2008

    Item 1.6

    Transfer of Chairmanship between Sweden and Spain –
    Preparation
    (CM/Del/dec(2008)1039/1.5 and CM/Del/Dec(2008)1040/1.6)

    Decision

    The Deputies took note of the state of preparation of their 1042bis meeting to be held on 27 November 2008 for the transfer of Chairmanship between Sweden and Spain.

    Appendix 1

    1042bis Meeting, 27 November 2008 (4pm)

    Draft Agenda

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1.

General questions

1.1

Adoption of the agenda

(CM/Del/OJ(2008)1042bis)

1.2

Stocktaking of the Swedish Chairmanship and decisions to be adopted

(CM/Inf(2008)44 of …)
(CM/Notes/1042bis/1.2 of …)

 

a. Co-operation with the European Union – Priorities for future action

(CM(2008)169 of …)

 

b. The Council of Europe and the rule of law

(CM(2008)170 of …)

 

c. “Building a Europe for and with children” – Strategy 2009-2011

(CM(2008)171 of …)

 

d. Draft Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents

(CM(2008)56 add1, CM(2008)56 add2 and Parliamentary Assembly Opinion No. 270 (2008)

 

e. Draft Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the Code of Good Practice on Referendums

(CM(2008)172 of …)

1.3

Presentation of priorities of the Spanish Chairmanship

(CM/Inf(2008)45 of …)
(CM/Notes/1042bis/1.3 of …)

1.4

Report of the Bureau

13.

Any other business

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    NB. The transfer of chairmanship between Sweden and Spain will take place between items 1.2 and 1.3.

    Appendix 2

    Transfer of Chairmanship –
    Draft annotated agenda

    Opening of the 1042bis meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies

    The meeting will begin at 4 pm in the Committee of Ministers’ meeting room. It will be chaired jointly by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Mr Carl BILDT, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain, Mr Miguel Ángel MORATINOS.

    1. General questions

    1.1 Adoption of the agenda

    The discussions will follow the draft agenda, as approved at the 1039th meeting of the Deputies, on 22 October 2008.

    1.2 Stocktaking of the Swedish Chairmanship and decisions to be adopted (4 pm – 5.30 pm)

    Under this item, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Mr Carl BILDT, will present the Swedish Chairmanship’s achievements over the past six months. A written report will also be made available (document CM/Inf(2008)..3). This presentation will be followed by an exchange of views.

    a) Co-operation with the European Union - Priorities for future action
    b) The Council of Europe and the rule of law
    c) “Building a Europe for and with children” - Strategy 2009 - 2011
    d) Draft Council of Europe Convention on Access to Official Documents
    e) Draft Declaration by the Committee of Ministers on the Code of Good Practice on Referendums

    The decisions on these items have been prepared in Rapporteur Groups and will be adopted without further discussion (“in the box”).

    Transfer of Chairmanship

After this item, the outgoing Swedish Chairman will officially hand over to the incoming Spanish Chairman. The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain will take the chair.

    1.3 Presentation of the priorities of the Spanish Chairmanship (5.30 pm – 7 pm)

    Under this item, the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain, Mr Miguel Ángel MORATINOS, will present the priorities of the Spanish Chairmanship for the coming six months on the basis of the programme distributed before the meeting (document CM/Inf(2008)..4). This presentation will be followed by an exchange of views.

    13. Any other business

    None is foreseen.

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    The meeting will be preceded by a “treaty event” at 3.30 pm (room 40) for the opening for signature of:

    - the European Convention on the Adoption of Children (revised)
    - the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes

    At 7 pm, a joint press conference by the outgoing and incoming Chairs will take place in Room 1.

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.
Note 2 The European Convention on the Adoption of Children (revised) and the Additional Protocol to the Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine concerning Genetic Testing for Health Purposes.
Note 3 To be issued.
Note 4 To be issued.


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