Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/971/1.6 28 June 20061
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971 Meeting, 12 July 2006
1 General questions


1.6 Invitation to observer states to participate in the regular meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies


Reference documents
Resolution Res(93)26

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Action

The Deputies are invited to authorise the observers to participate as observers at regular meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies.

Statutory Resolution Res(93)26 on Observer Status was adopted by the Committee of Ministers at the 92nd Session on 14 May 1993.

By virtue of this Resolution, observer status was granted to:

United States of America (Resolution Res(95)37),
Canada (Resolution Res(96)9),
Japan (Resolution Res(96)37) and
Mexico (Resolution Res(99)32).

With regard to the Holy See, the Deputies at their 255th meeting (8-9 March 1976 – item 5) agreed that the Holy See may send observers to those Committees of Experts of the Council of Europe instituted in application of Article 17 of the Statute to which all member states may designate participants.

In July 1999, the Deputies approved criteria for the granting of observer status with the Council of Europe (CM/Del/Dec(99)676/2.4).

Participation by observers at subsidiary groups of the Ministers’ Deputies

The arrangements for participation in meetings of the open "subsidiary groups" of the Ministers' Deputies are fixed by Resolutions (95)37, (96)9 and (99)32 referred to above. The Deputies took relevant decisions on Japan at the 579th meeting (December 1996 – item 2.2).

With regards to the Holy See, the Deputies at their 632nd meeting (18-20 May 1998 - Item 1.6), bearing in mind the status enjoyed by the Holy See with the Council of Europe since 1970, enshrined in the above mentioned decision taken by the Deputies in 1976, as well as the request made by the Secretary of State of the Holy See on 24 March 1998 to attend meetings of the subsidiary groups of the Deputies, invited the Holy See to be represented by its permanent observer at such meetings, including those devoted to the planning and programming of the activities of the Council of Europe aiming at promoting human rights, establishing the rule of law and strengthening democratic institutions.

Participation by observers at meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies

Observer states may be invited on an ad hoc basis to attend Deputies' meetings or parts of such meetings, when items of interest both to member states and observer states are discussed and/or when one or several observer states express an interest in an item in particular.

This provision has been applied on a number of occasions.

Regular participation at meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies

At the Deputies’ 969th meeting (21 June 2006), the Chair proposed that the observers be invited to act as observers, on a regular basis, at the meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies, it being understood that they would not normally attend in camera sessions.

The Chair proposed that the Deputies should take a stand on this proposal at the present meeting.

Financing assured: YES

Comments: ……………….

DRAFT DECISIONS

971st meeting – 12 July 2006

Item 1.6

Invitation to observer states to participate in the regular meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies
(Resolution Res(93)26)

Decisions

The Deputies agreed that the observers (Holy See, United States of America, Canada, Japan and Mexico) were authorised to observer regular meetings of the Ministers’ Deputies.

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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