Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/981/8.1a 20 November 20061
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981 Meeting, 29 November 2006
8 Youth and sport


8.1 17th informal meeting of Ministers of Sport
(Moscow, 20-21 October 2006) – Follow-up

a. Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS)

Reference documents
CM/Del/Dec(2006)978/8.2, CM/Del/Dec(2006)979/8.1a, CM(2006)188

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Action

In the light of Resolution No. 1 adopted by the 17th Informal Meeting of Ministers of Sport (Moscow, 20-21 October 2006), as it appears in document CM(2006)188, and taking account of views expressed at the 979th meeting of the Deputies, to consider the draft decisions set out below, in view of their adoption.

1. The 17th Informal Meeting of Ministers of Sport ( Moscow, 20-21 October 2006) held discussions on the future pan-European co-operation in the field of sport which gave rise to an almost unanimous support to the creation, as soon as possible, of an Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS). Following these discussions, the European Sports Ministers unanimously adopted Resolution No. 1, as set out in document CM(2006)188. In the light of this resolution and with a view to taking the necessary measures for the creation of the future Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport, the Committee of Ministers could adopt the draft decisions set out below, drawn up on the basis of proposals made at the 979th meeting of the Deputies (8 November 2006). The proposed amendments appear in bold print.
2. These draft decisions are based also on the pertinent provisions of Statutory Resolution (93)28 of the Committee of Ministers on Partial and Enlarged Agreements and of Resolution (96)36 of the Committee of Ministers establishing the criteria for Partial and Enlarged Agreements of the Council of Europe.
3. In accordance with item II of Statutory Resolution (93)28, the procedure for the creation of a new partial agreement is the following:
“The Committee of Ministers may, by the majority stipulated in Article 20.d of the Statute of the Council of Europe:
- authorise some member states to carry out an activity or a series of activities within the framework of the Organisation, the activity or series of activities being adopted only by the Representatives who vote in favour of it and being limited accordingly;
- in its composition restricted to Representatives of member states of a Partial Agreement, invite any non-member state to join the Partial Agreement or certain of its activities;
- invite any non-member state to join the member states of the Council of Europe in carrying out an activity or series of activities. “
4. In addition, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Resolution (96)36, “no new partial agreement shall be established without a sufficient number of participating states, one third of the member states being fixed as the minimum number”. It is therefore essential, before taking a decision authorising the interested member states to enter into a Partial Agreement, to make sure that at least 16 member states are ready to participate.
5. For this reason it is necessary, as a first step of the process of setting up of the EPAS, to invite the member states who so wish to notify the Secretary General in writing, without delay, of their intention to join the EPAS. When 16 member states notify their intention to join the EPAS, and provided that the Statute of the EPAS have been agreed upon, it will be possible to proceed with the setting up of the Enlarged Partial Agreement, in accordance with the procedure described above, through:
a) a decision of the Committee of Ministers, in its full composition, authorising the conclusion between the interested states of the EPAS. This decision may also contain information regarding the procedure for the subsequent participation of non-member states (including non-member states party to the European Cultural Convention);
b) a decision (to be taken at the same meeting or immediately afterwards) of the interested member states adopting a resolution setting up the EPAS, to which the Statute of the EPAS will be appended.
6. As far as the participation of non member states of the Council of Europe to the EPAS is concerned, including the case of non-member States Party to the European Cultural Convention, their participation could be envisaged only after the setting up of the EPAS and in accordance with the provisions contained in its statute. At this stage, in the light of the enlarged nature of the EPAS and of the abovementioned Resolution No. 1 adopted by the European Ministers of Sport, the Committee of Ministers could however invite States Party to the European Cultural Convention non-members of the Council of Europe, who so wish, to inform the Secretary General of their intention to join EPAS.
7. It should also be recalled that in accordance with paragraph 6 of Resolution (96)36, the new agreement will be created for an initial trial period of not more than three years, at the end of which a strict evaluation shall be undertaken by the Committee of Ministers.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

981st meeting – 29 November 2006

Item 8.1a

17th informal meeting of Ministers of Sport (Moscow, 20-21 October 2006) – Follow-up
a. Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport
(CM/Del/Dec(2006)978/8.2, CM/Del/Dec(2006)979/8.1a, CM(2006)188)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. in the light of Resolution No. 1 adopted by the 17th informal meeting of European Sports Ministers (CM(2006)188), expressed in principle their approval for the setting up of an Enlarged Partial Agreement on Sport (EPAS), and invited those States Party to the European Cultural Convention who so wish to notify the Secretary General in writing, without delay, of their intention to join the EPAS;
2. agreed, in principle, to hold the official launching ceremony of the EPAS at the 117th Ministerial Session on 10-11 May 2007;
3. invited their Rapporteur Group on Education, Culture, Sport, Youth and Environment (GR-C) to continue its work on this question.

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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