Ministers' Deputies
    Notes on the Agenda

    CM/Notes/844/8.1 Addendum 2 19 June 2003
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    844 Meeting, 19 June 2003
    8 Youth and Sport


    8.1 Council of Europe and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

    Conclusions of the ad hoc consultation meeting of the Parties to the European Cultural Convention (Strasbourg, 30 April 2003)

    Amendments proposed by the French delegation

    Reference documents
    CM(2003)77

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    As a preface to our remarks on the substance of the text, it should be noted that the conclusions of the ad hoc consultation meeting of the Parties to the Convention did not achieve the requisite quorum enabling them to be considered as reflecting a general consensus.

    Draft general terms of reference of the members of the WADA Foundation Board appointed by the Council of Europe

    Page 8 of Document CM(2003)77, Appendix 1 provides for establishing general terms of reference. Ironically enough, the wording would suggest that the representatives appointed by the Council of Europe would be allowed some freedom of decision, whereas in fact the specific nature of the Forum is to have binding terms of reference.

    So some of these provisions ought to be made compulsory.

    Furthermore, it would be useful to change the order of priority of the various parts of the terms of reference.

    Proposal:

    “- to implement the decisions of the Committee of Ministers - and the European Co-ordination Forum for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on the agency's policies and business;

    - to comply with the decisions of the Committee of Ministers on budgetary questions in connection with the agency;

    - to take account of the work of the Council of Europe on doping in sport, as expressed in the relevant decisions of the Committee of Ministers and of the Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention;

    - to report on the conclusions and decisions of the Foundation Board to the Committee of Ministers' Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment, to the European Coordination Forum on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and to the Monitoring Group;

    - to strive to keep the Agency as independent, transparent and accountable as possible;

    - to promote the general policy of the Council of Europe and the principles underlying its work, notably on human rights, bioethics and gender equality, in the work of the Agency and in the composition of its organs.”

    Draft terms of reference of the European Co-ordination Forum for the WADA

    Page 8 of Document CM(2003)77, Appendix 2:

    Para. 5.3: WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee members appointed by the Council of Europe should not merely be invited to meetings of the Forum but must play an active part in the Forum's meetings, otherwise there would seem to be little point in setting up such a Forum.

    Proposal

    “WADA Foundation Board and Executive Committee members appointed by the Council of Europe will be invited to participate actively in meetings of the Forum.”

    Para. 5.6: the Forum may invite WADA members to attend meetings on selective matters for which it has decision-making powers; it should therefore be able to consult WADA. Nevertheless, this body should not be involved in the Forum's work on a permanent basis, or in the Forum's decision-making process.



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