Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/1076/10.1 13 January 20101
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1076 Meeting, 3 February 2010
10 Legal questions


10.1 European Commission for democracy through law (Venice Commission)

Request from the Government of Mexico for membership of the Enlarged Agreement establishing the European Commission for Democracy through Law

Reference documents

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Action

Accede to the request of Mexico to become member of the Venice Commission.

The Secretary General of the Council of Europe received a letter dated 18 November 2009 from Ms Sandra Fuentes-Berain, Ambassador of Mexico and Permanent Observer of Mexico to the Council of Europe, requesting membership for her country in the Enlarged Agreement establishing the European Commission for Democracy through Law.

The letter is appended to these Notes.

Under the terms of Article 2(5) of the revised Statute of the Commission:

    "5. The Committee of Ministers may, by the majority stipulated in Article 20.d of the Statute of the Council of Europe, invite any non-member state of the Council of Europe to join the enlarged agreement. Members appointed by non-member states of the Council of Europe shall not be entitled to vote on questions raised by the statutory bodies of the Council of Europe.”

Algeria, Brazil, Chile, Israel, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco and Peru are members of the Enlarged Agreement. Tunisia was invited to accede on 15 May 2008. Mexico has been an observer since December 2001.

Under the terms of the former Statute, Argentina, Canada, the Holy See, Japan, Kazakhstan, Uruguay and the United States had been admitted as observers and Belarus as an associate member.

The contribution of Mexico to the Commission’s budget will be fixed in accordance with the statute of the Commission.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISION

1076 meeting – 3 February 2010

Item 10.1

European Commission for democracy through law (Venice Commission) –
Request from the Government of Mexico for membership of the Enlarged Agreement establishing the European Commission for Democracy through Law

Decision

The Deputies agreed to the request by Mexico to join the Enlarged Agreement establishing the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and invited Mexico to appoint a member to sit on the Commission.

Appendix

UNOFFICIAL TRANSLATION

Embassy of Mexico to the Kingdom of Belgium,
the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Mission
to the European Union

Brussels 18 November 2009

Dear Secretary General

In the ten years Mexico has been an observer to the Council of Europe, my country has always endeavoured to strengthen its participation in and its commitment to respect for the rule of law, democratic values and human rights, values which it completely shares with the prestigious Institution whose principles it supports entirely.

With this in mind, I have the honour, on behalf of the Government of Mexico, to officially submit to you the request of my country for accession to the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission). After this request has been accepted by the Council of Europe, Mexico of course undertakes to pay the annual contribution provided for in the Venice Commission budget.

I thank you in advance for your favourable attention to this request for accession and for the follow-up you will provide.

Please accept, Mr Secretary General, the expression of my highest consideration.

Sandra Fuentes-Berain
Ambassador of Mexico
Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe

Mr Thorbjørn JAGLAND
Secretary General of the Council of Europe
Strasbourg

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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