Ministers’ Deputies/Rapporteur Groups
Rapporteur Group on Democracy
GR-DEM(2011)1 5 January 20111
Meeting of 13 January 2011
1. Ukraine: Review of the state of implementation of the Council of Europe Action Plan for Ukraine 2008-2011 – progress report (item for discussion)
It is recalled that at their 1032nd meeting (9 and 10 July 2008), the Ministers’ Deputies approved an Action Plan to provide assistance to the Ukrainian authorities over the period 2008-2011. The implementation of this plan was discussed for a first time by the Group at its meeting of 10 December 2009 (see document GR-DEM(2009)CB11).
In the light of document DPA/Inf(2010)28, which will be presented orally by the Secretariat, and any comments which the Ukrainian delegation might wish to make, the Group will be invited to hold a fresh exchange of views on the implementation of the Action Plan.
2. Russian Federation: “Legal remedies for human rights violations in the North-Caucasus Region” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1922 (2010) – Examination of a draft reply (item for decision)
(CM/AS(2010)Rec1922 prov4, DD(2010)433, DD(2010)448, DD(2010)530, DD(2010)539)
It is recalled that a previous draft had been prepared in the light of the comments made at the meeting of the GR-DEM on 9 November 2010 but was not examined by the Group (see document CM/AS(2010)Rec1922 prov3). Following the developments which have taken place since, the Secretariat has updated the draft reply. The Group is invited to examine this new draft which appears in document CM/AS(2010)Rec1922 prov4.
If there is agreement in the Group, the text may be transmitted to the Ministers’ Deputies for adoption at their 1103rd meeting (19 January 2011) without further debate.
3. Belarus: State of co-operation with the Council of Europe (item for information)
The Secretariat will make an oral presentation of the information contained in document DPA/Inf(2010)43 on the state of co-operation between the Council of Europe and Belarus. Following this presentation, the Group will be invited to exchange views on the prospects of this co-operation and provide guidelines for the Secretariat where necessary.
At its meeting of 28 September 2010, the Group had agreed to resume consideration of Belarus’s request for observer status with a number of intergovernmental committees and the possibility of covering the costs of Belarusian experts taking part in the work of these committees after the presidential elections (see document GR-DEM(2010)CB9). Discussion of this point, as well as on the possible accession of Belarus to some Council of Europe conventions, could resume at this meeting.
4. “Europe’s forgotten people: protecting the human rights of long-term displaced persons” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1877 (2009) – Examination of a draft reply (item for decision)
At their 1063rd meeting (8-9 July 2009), the Ministers’ Deputies invited the Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation (GR-J), in co-operation with the Rapporteur Group on Democracy (GR-DEM), to prepare a draft reply for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.
The Group is invited to consider the draft reply prepared by the Secretariat in document CM/AS(2010)Rec1877 prov with a view, as appropriate, to its transmission to the GR-J along with an invitation to finalise it.
5. “Democracy in Europe: crisis and perspectives” – Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1928 (2010) – Examination of a draft reply (item for decision)
At the previous meeting of the GR-DEM, the Chair asked the Secretariat to prepare a revised version of the draft reply in the light of the Group’s comments. The draft reply, thus revised, is set out in document CM/AS(2010)Rec1928 prov2.
The Group is invited to consider this draft with a view, as appropriate, to its endorsement and transmission to the Ministers’ Deputies, for adoption at their 1103rd meeting (19 January 2011) without further debate.
6. Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Recommendation 290 (2010) “The reform of the Congress: structure and working methods” – Examination of a draft reply (item for decision)
At their 1098th meeting (17 November 2010), the Ministers’ Deputies invited the GR-DEM to prepare a draft reply to this recommendation, for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings.
To assist the Group, the Secretariat has prepared the draft reply that appears in document CM/Cong(2010)Rec290 prov. The Group will be invited to consider this draft reply with a view, as appropriate, to its approval and transmission to the Ministers’ Deputies, for adoption at their 1103rd meeting (19 January 2011).
Mr Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, has informed the Chair of his desire to exchange views with the Group when this agenda item is discussed. Following an initial presentation of the Congress Recommendation by Mr Whitmore, delegations will have the possibility to ask questions or make comments before the Group is called upon to examine the abovementioned draft reply.
7. Other business
The Director General of Democracy and Political Affairs will give an oral report on his recent visit to Albania.
8. Date of the next meeting
The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 8 February 2011 at 10 a.m.
Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue; it will be declassified in accordance with Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.