Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/1076/3.2b 29 January 20101
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1076 Meeting, 3 and 4 February 2010
3 Parliamentary Assembly


3.2 Written Questions by members of the Parliamentary Assembly to the Committee of Ministers

b. Written Question No. 577 by Mrs Acketoft: “Swiss ban on minarets”
Reference document
CM/AS(2010)Quest577

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Action

To continue its exchange of views on Written Question No. 577 by Mrs Acketoft to the Committee of Ministers with a view to preparing a draft reply.

1. As a reminder, on 16 January 2008, the Deputies adopted the following procedure concerning the adoption of replies to written questions addressed by members of the Parliamentary Assembly to the Committee of Ministers (see document CM(2008)4 final):

“1) Placing the item on the agenda for an exchange of views (oral and/or in writing). The current presentation of written questions on the agenda is maintained, i.e. with the item setting out the number of the written question, its author and its title, the latter in quotation marks.

2) Delegations that so wish, are encouraged to submit their comments in writing before the discussion, to be held during the first consideration of the item in plenary. Depending on their nature, these written comments may provide a first indication as to what chances there are to end up with a consensual reply.

3) Holding an exchange of views (oral and/or in writing) on the question in the plenary meeting of the Deputies.

4) In the light of this exchange of views, the Committee of Ministers could:

i. either instruct the Secretariat to prepare a draft reply;
ii. or invite the Chair to hold informal consultations in order to explore the possibility of arriving at a consensual draft reply.

5) If, in the light of these consultations, the Chair notes that it appears impossible to prepare a consensual reply, he/she informs the Committee of Ministers accordingly. The Committee may then decide, by the majority specified in Article 20(d) of the Statute, to instruct the Chair to inform the President of the Parliamentary Assembly that, "owing to a lack of consensus it has not been possible to adopt a reply". The Chair’s letter would not be a reply of substance.

6) This procedure would apply only to questions for which the informal consultations held by the Chair clearly show that it will be impossible to establish a consensual reply.“

2. Moreover, at their 1033rd meeting on 3 September 2008 (cf. decision CM/Del/Dec(2008)1033/1.4), the Deputies approved the Bureau’s recommendation inviting the Secretariat to make more use of the written procedure in the preparation of draft replies to written questions, before including a draft reply on the agenda for adoption by the Deputies.

3. Written Question No. 577 by Mrs Acketoft: “Swiss ban on minarets” is reproduced in document CM/AS(2010)Quest577. A first exchange of views was held at the 1075th meeting of the Deputies at the end of which they decided to resume consideration of this item at the present meeting.

4. Following their discussion, the Deputies might either wish to instruct the Secretariat to prepare a draft reply which will be transmitted to the delegations in the framework of a written procedure or to invite the Chair to hold informal consultations in order to explore the possibility of arriving at a consensual draft reply.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

1076th meeting – 3 and 4 February 2010

Item 3.2b

Written Questions by members of the Parliamentary Assembly to the Committee of Ministers

b. Written Question No. 577 by Mrs Acketoft: “Swiss ban on minarets”
(CM/AS(2010)Quest577)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. [instructed the Secretariat to prepare a draft reply to Written Question No. 577 in light of the views expressed at their 1075th meeting and at the present meeting ;]

or

[invited their Chair to hold informal consultations in order to explore the possibility of arriving at a consensual draft reply ;]

2. agreed to resume consideration of this question at one of their forthcoming meetings.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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