Ministers' Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/917/10.1 8 February 2005 1
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917 Meeting, 2 March 2005
10 Legal questions


10.1 European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages –

Election of a member of the Committee of Experts in respect of Sweden

Reference documents
CM(2005)22

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Action

To elect a member of the Committee of Experts for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Sweden.

1. The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ETS No. 148) came into force on 1 March 1998. Its Committee of Experts is composed of as many independent experts as there are Parties to the Charter. They are elected pursuant to Article 17 of the latter, which reads as follows:

    “1. The committee of experts shall be composed of one member per Party, appointed by the Committee of Ministers from a list of individuals of the highest integrity and recognised competence in the matters dealt with in the Charter, who shall be nominated by the Party concerned.

    2. Members of the committee shall be appointed for a period of six years and shall be eligible for reappointment. A member who is unable to complete a term of office shall be replaced in accordance with the procedure laid down in paragraph 1, and the replacing member shall complete his predecessor's term of office.”

The explanatory report on the Charter specifies that "the experts appointed to the committee, in carrying out their task, should be free to act independently and not be subject to instructions from the governments concerned". These requirements have been examined by the GR-J, which has agreed on the guidelines contained in document GR-J(2004)2rev.

2. Sweden ratified the Charter on 9 February 2000, and the Charter came into force in respect of it on 1 June 2000.

Mrs Leena Huss was elected to act as the member of the Committee of Experts in respect of Sweden on 21 June 2000. She resigned as of 1st January 2005.

The Swedish authorities have submitted a list of candidates, in relation to a mandate of an expert in respect of Sweden to complete the mandate of Mrs Huss, ie up to 21 June 2006. The candidates' curricula vitae are reproduced in CM(2005)22.

3. The Committee of Ministers elects the members of the Committee of Experts by secret ballot. A ballot paper will be issued with the candidates' names listed in the order of their presentation by the proposing country.

To be elected, it is necessary to obtain an absolute majority of the votes. All members of the Committee of Ministers are entitled to take part in the vote, which will be by secret ballot. Should none of the candidates on the list obtain the required majority, it would be necessary to hold a second round of voting.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISION

917th meeting – 2 March 2005

Item 10.1

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages –
Election of a member of the Committee of Experts in respect of Sweden
(CM(2005)22)

Decision

The Deputies, in accordance with Article 17, paragraph 1, of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, declared the person whose name appears below elected as a member of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, in respect of Sweden up to 21 June 2006:

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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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