Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/998/4.6 29 May 20071
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998 Meeting, 13 June 2007
4 Human Rights


4.6 European Social Charter

European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) – Extension of the time limit to submit candidates for election

Reference documents
CM/Del/Dec(2007)988/4.4

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Action

To extend the time limit to submit candidates for election to the European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) agreed by the Deputies at their 988th meeting (21-22 February 2007).

1. It is recalled that following the resignation of a member of the European Committee of Social Rights (Ms Beatrix KARL, Austria), the Deputies agreed at their 988th meeting (21-22 February 2007, item 4.4) on the procedure for the election of a new member. As no candidates have been submitted by states Party to the European Social Charter by the time limit set (1 May 2007), it is proposed to extend the deadline to 1 August 2007.

2. The agreed procedure for the election is reproduced in the appendix to these Notes.

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISION

998th meeting –13 June 2007

Item 4.6

European Social Charter –
European Committee of Social Rights –
Extension of the time limit to submit candidates for election

(CM/Del/Dec(2007)988/4.4)

Decision

Recalling the agreed procedure for the election of a member of the European Committee of Social Rights (CM/Del/Dec(2007)988/4.4), the Deputies decided to extend the time limit for the submission of candidates to until 1 August 2007.

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Appendix

988th meeting – 21-22 February 2007

Item 4.4

European Social Charter –
European Committee of Social Rights –
Election procedure of a member

Decisions

The Deputies

1. adopted the following procedure for filling the seat on the European Committee of Social Rights, which fell vacant on 28 January 2007 following the resignation of Ms Beatrix KARL (Austria), for a term of office ending on 31 December 2010:

a. each Contracting Party to the European Social Charter or Revised European Social Charter may submit to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, by 1 May 2007 at the latest, the name of a candidate it deems suitable for the vacant seat, bearing in mind that the seat concerns Group I, and having regard to Article 25 of the Charter as it appears in Article 3 of the Protocol amending the European Social Charter and to the agreed rules concerning nationality,2 and taking into account Recommendation No. R (81) 6 of the Committee of Ministers adopted on 30 April 1981;3

b. the Secretary General will then forward the list of nominations to the Committee of Ministers, which will hold an election by secret ballot as soon as possible;

c. the candidate obtaining an absolute majority of the votes cast and the highest number of votes will be declared elected;

d. if the seat remains unfilled after the first ballot, there will be a second round of voting in which the candidate obtaining the highest number of votes will be declared elected;

2. agreed, for the purposes of this election, to allocate the 46 member states as follows:4

Group I (three seats) (one seat vacant)

Armenia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Slovakia and Switzerland.

Group II (three seats) (no seats vacant)

Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Luxembourg, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Romania and Turkey.

Group III (three seats) (no seats vacant)

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and United Kingdom.

Group IV (three seats) (no seats vacant)

Albania, Andorra, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, San Marino and Spain.

Group V (three seats) (no seats vacant)

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Ukraine and Slovenia.

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 out in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.
Note 2 3 The Committee may consist of no more than one member of any particular nationality.
Note 3 4 The recommendation covers the participation of men and women in an equitable proportion in committees and other bodies set up in the Council of Europe. The Committee, currently made up of 14 members, comprises 9 men and 5 women.
Note 4 5 States that have ratified the Charter or Revised Charter are shown in bold type in the text.


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