on rules on the election procedure of the members of the
Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA)
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 11 June 2008
at the 1029th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
The Committee of Ministers, in accordance with Article 36 of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No. 197), after consulting with and obtaining the unanimous consent of the Parties to the Convention, adopted the following rules:
The Committee of the Parties shall elect the members of the Group of Experts on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (hereinafter referred to as “GRETA”) in accordance with the following rules.
Qualifications and capacity of the members
The members of GRETA shall be chosen from among persons of high moral character, known for their recognised competence in the fields of human rights, assistance and protection of victims and of action against trafficking in human beings, or having professional experience in the areas covered by the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CETS No. 197, hereinafter referred to as the “Convention”).
The members of GRETA shall sit in their individual capacity and be independent and impartial in the exercise of their functions.
They shall take no instructions from any government, organisation or person on how to perform their duties as members of GRETA.
The independence and impartiality of GRETA members shall not be put into question by the mere fact that they are civil servants or otherwise employed in the public sector. However, individuals holding decision-making positions as regards defining and/or implementing policies in the field of action against trafficking in human beings in government or in any other organisation or entity which may give rise to a conflict of interest with the responsibilities inherent to membership of GRETA, shall not be eligible.
The members of GRETA shall be available to carry out their duties in an effective manner. They shall have sufficient time and capacity to participate in the meetings of GRETA, carry out country visits and be able to work online for the preparation of the reports and conclusions of GRETA.
The members of GRETA shall be nationals of the States Parties to the Convention.
Composition of GRETA
GRETA shall be composed of a minimum of 10 members and a maximum of 15 members, taking into account gender and geographical balance, as well as multidisciplinary expertise. The Committee of the Parties shall decide on the actual number of members to be elected.
The membership of GRETA should represent the main legal systems.
No two members of GRETA may be nationals of the same state.
Nomination of candidates
States Parties to the Convention have the right to nominate candidates for GRETA membership. The government of each state party may submit to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe the names and the curricula vitae, using the model set out in the appendix and in one of the official languages of the Organisation, of at least two candidates who meet the requirements set out in Rules 2 to 5 to serve on GRETA. The Secretary General shall transmit these documents to the Committee of the Parties.
If it considers that one or more of the candidates nominated by a state party do not meet the requirements for membership of GRETA as set out in Rules 2 to 5, the Committee of the Parties may request the state party concerned to nominate (an)other candidate(s).
In order to help ensure gender balance among the members of GRETA, each state party shall take all the necessary and appropriate steps with a view to nominating at least one man and one woman.
If the nomination of candidates by a state party is not in conformity with this rule, the Committee of the Parties, taking into consideration the explanation for providing a single sex list, may request the state party concerned to submit another nomination.
Bearing in mind the multidisciplinary expertise required for GRETA, each state party shall, to the extent possible, nominate candidates with different competences and/or professional experience, as indicated in Rule 2.
Each state party shall ensure that the national selection procedure leading to the nomination of candidates for GRETA is in accordance with published national guidelines or otherwise transparent and designed to lead to the nomination of the most qualified candidates.
Election of the members
The members of GRETA shall be elected by the Committee of the Parties from among candidates whose names and curricula vitae have been received by the Secretary General at the latest two months before the election. Only candidates whose names and curricula vitae have been received by the Secretary General, at the latest on 1 October 2008, shall be allowed to stand for election for the first composition of GRETA.
In filling vacant seats in GRETA, the Committee of the Parties shall give priority to electing, in the following order, experts:
a. who possess competences and/or professional experience not sufficiently represented amongst the members of GRETA;
b. from geographical areas not represented in GRETA;
c. representing a main legal system not represented in GRETA; and
d. of the sex under represented in GRETA.
The Committee of the Parties shall elect members of GRETA in accordance with the requirements laid down in Rule 14 in as many rounds as may be necessary to meet the needs of GRETA. In each round, the candidate(s), up to a maximum of three, receiving the most votes, but at least a majority of the votes cast, shall be elected members of GRETA. In each round, the number of votes of each member of the Committee of the Parties shall be the same as the number of members of GRETA to be elected in that round.
The members of the Committee of the Parties can only vote for one national of each state.
Should two or more candidates receive the same number of votes, resulting in more than the maximum number of candidates receiving the necessary amount of votes to be elected in any given round, the Committee of the Parties shall proceed with a vote to elect one or more of these candidates as (a) member(s) of GRETA.
Should the preceding paragraphs of this rule result in the election of two candidates or more who are nationals of the same state, only the candidate with the highest number of votes shall be elected as a member of GRETA.
Term of office of the members
The term of office of a member of GRETA shall be four years, renewable once. The Committee of the Parties shall specify the exact date on which the term of office begins.
The term of office will end at an earlier date if the Committee of the Parties finds that the member no longer meets the requirements for membership of GRETA, as set out in Rules 2 to 5, or if the member requests the Secretary General to terminate his or her membership.
A member elected to fill a seat which has become vacant before the end of the term of office of the previous member shall hold the seat for the remainder of the predecessor’s term.
Should more than 10 members of GRETA be re-elected for a second term of office in the same elections, the Committee of the Parties may decide to shorten the term of office of five members by two years. These members shall be identified by the drawing of lots by the Committee of the Parties.
Appendix to Resolution CM/Res(2008)7
MODEL CURRICULUM VITAE
All the information which you provide on this CV, except for your telephone numbers(s), postal and e-mail addresses and date and place of birth, will be made publicly available on the portal of the Council of Europe.
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• Family name(s)
• First name(s)
• Date of birth
• Place of birth
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Relevant qualifications summary1
Current professional activity
• Start date
• Name and address of employer
• Sector of activity
• Occupation or position held
• Main activities and responsibilities2
Relevant previous professional activity(ies)3
• Name and address of employer
• Sector of activity
• Occupation or position held
• Main activities and responsibilities
Relevant additional responsibilities4
• Name and address of organisation/body
• Sector of activity
• Position held
• Main activities and responsibilities
• Title of qualification awarded
• Principal subjects/occupational skills covered
• Name and type of organisation
• Software packages7
• Other IT skills and competences8
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
A1 I can recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when people speak slowly and clearly.
A2 I can understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local area, employment). I can catch the main point in short, clear, simple messages and announcements.
B1 I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. I can understand the main point of many radio or TV programmes on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.
B2 I can understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. I can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. I can understand the majority of films in standard dialect.
C1 I can understand extended speech even when it is not clearly structured and when relationships are only implied and not signalled explicitly. I can understand television programmes and films without too much effort.
C2 I have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken language, whether live or broadcast, even when delivered at fast native speed, provided I have some time to get familiar with the accent.
A1 I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
A2 I can read very short, simple texts. I can find specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus and timetables and I can understand short simple personal letters.
B1 I can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language. I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.
B2 I can read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints. I can understand contemporary literary prose.
C1 I can understand long and complex factual and literary texts, appreciating distinctions of style. I can understand specialised articles and longer technical instructions, even when they do not relate to my field.
C2 I can read with ease virtually all forms of the written language, including abstract, structurally or linguistically complex texts such as manuals, specialised articles and literary works.
Spoken Interaction Skill:
A1 I can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help me formulate what I'm trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
A2 I can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities. I can handle very short social exchanges, even though I can't usually understand enough to keep the conversation going myself.
B1 I can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).
B2 I can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. I can take an active part in discussion in familiar contexts, accounting for and sustaining my views.
C1 I can express myself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. I can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. I can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate my contribution skilfully to those of other speakers.
C2 I can take part effortlessly in any conversation or discussion and have a good familiarity with idiomatic expressions and colloquialisms. I can express myself fluently and convey finer shades of meaning precisely. If I do have a problem I can backtrack and restructure around the difficulty so smoothly that other people are hardly aware of it.
Spoken Production Skill:
A1 I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.
A2 I can use a series of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms my family and other people, living conditions, my educational background and my present or most recent job.
B1 I can connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, my dreams, hopes and ambitions. I can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. I can narrate a story or relate the plot of a book or film and describe my reactions.
B2 I can present clear, detailed descriptions on a wide range of subjects related to my field of interest. I can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1 I can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.
C2 I can present a clear, smoothly-flowing description or argument in a style appropriate to the context and with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points.
A1 I can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, for example entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.
A2 I can write short, simple notes and messages relating to matters in areas of immediate needs. I can write a very simple personal letter, for example thanking someone for something.
B1 I can write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. I can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.
B2 I can write clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects related to my interests. I can write an essay or report, passing on information or giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view. I can write letters highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences.
C1 I can express myself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length. I can write about complex subjects in a letter, an essay or a report, underlining what I consider to be the salient issues. I can select a style appropriate to the reader in mind.
C2 I can write clear, smoothly-flowing text in an appropriate style. I can write complex letters, reports or articles which present a case with an effective logical structure which helps the recipient to notice and remember significant points. I can write summaries and reviews of professional or literary works.
Note 1 Please provide a summary (100 words maximum) of your qualifications relevant for membership of GRETA.
Note 2 In particular, specify whether you hold a decision-making position as regards defining and/or implementing policies in the field of action against trafficking in human beings in government or in any other organisation or entity which may give rise to a conflict of interest with the responsibilities inherent to membership of GRETA.
Note 3 Add separate entries for the most relevant professional activities, starting from the most recent.
Note 4 Add separate entries for the most relevant responsibilities outside your principal professional activity, starting from the most recent.
Note 5 Add separate entries for the most relevant courses you have completed, starting from the most recent.
Note 6 Please list recent relevant publications, starting from the most recent, but not more than 10.
Note 7 Please indicate the software packages you are familiar with.
Note 8 Please specify any other IT skills and competences.
Note 9 Please provide a self-assessment of your level in languages other than your mother tongue using the following Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.