Ministers' Deputies / Rapporteur Groups
GR-J
Rapporteur Group on Legal Co-operation

GR-J(2005)17 14 October 20051
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Draft annotated agenda
Meeting of 24 October 2005

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Examination of the Draft programme of activities for 2006 in the legal field

1. At their 935th meeting (13 July 2005 – item 1.6), the Deputies invited the Rapporteur on the Programme of Activities, in consultation with the competent Rapporteur Groups, to examine the draft Programme of Activities for 2006 with a view to adopting final decisions concerning the Programme at their 947th (Budget) meeting (22-24 November 2005).

2. A number of reference documents are relevant for the discussions on the draft Programme of Activities:

CM(2005)133 Volume II - draft Programme of Activities for 2006
CM(2005)97 - Priorities for 2006 – Budgetary implications
CM(2005)142 and addendum 1 and 2 – Written comments by delegations and responses from the Secretary General
DD(2005)574 – Comments from Germany on the Budget proposals made in CM(2005)97
CM-SUIVI3(2005)5 – Road map for the implementation of the Action Plan
CM/INF(2005)12 – Progress review report on the Programme of Activities for 2004

3. The draft Programme of Activities for 2006 – document CM(2005)133 Volume II – has been prepared in accordance with the Secretary General’s proposals for Priorities for 2006 (contained in document CM(2005)97). These were based on the Third Summit Action Plan and Declaration. When presenting his proposals, the Secretary General informed the Committee of Ministers that close scrutiny of Programme activities had allowed him to identity a certain number of activities of lesser priority and others which were coming to an end and consequently to reallocate resources to the priorities defined in the Action Plan. In this connection, it is also worth noting that the Secretary General has distributed a working paper for reflection on “Establishing criteria for projects” (CM(2005)146) aimed at guiding decisions about the inclusion or continuation of projects in future programmes of activities; the working paper will be discussed later in the context of implementing Chapter V of the Action Plan.

4. As already indicated in the Priorities document, not all Action Plan priorities can be met within existing resources, which need to be augmented by additional resources, notably through Voluntary Contributions. This concerns the following projects (see document CM-SUIVI3(2005)1):
- guaranteeing and promoting freedom of expression and information;
- intercultural programmes and exchanges at secondary level;
- Europe-wide youth campaign to promote diversity, inclusion and participation in society
- elaboration of principles and guidelines to ensure respect for human rights in the information society.

The Secretary General will issue in due course an addendum to the 2006 Programme of Activities on Projects requiring funding.

5. Specific points raised by delegations in response to the Secretary General’s Priorities document and his responses are set out document CM(2005)142. Comments received subsequently from the German delegation have been distributed under the reference DD(2005)574. An addendum to CM(2005)142 containing the Secretary General’s replies to the German comments will be issued shortly.

6. The draft Programme has also been prepared bearing in mind the recommendations and evaluations contained in the Progress Review Report on the Programme of Activities for 2004 (document CM/INF(2005)12).

7. It is also recalled that certain aspects of the implementation of the Action Plan (see document CM-SUIVI3(2005)5) are currently the specific responsibility of the CM-SUIVI3 and it is not the intention to duplicate discussions on those aspects in this forum. The future decisions on their financial implications would have to be considered in the light of discussions within the CM-SUIVI3. In particular, this concerns the following:

- Group of Wise Persons
- Forum on the Future of Democracy
- Centre of Expertise on Local Government Reform
- the appointment of the task force to combat violence against women;
- the action programme on violence against children and the establishment of an internal Secretariat task force;
- the appointment of a co-ordinator for intercultural dialogue;
- the appointment of the high-level task force to review the Council of Europe’s strategy for promoting social cohesion;
- implementation of Chapter V of the Action Plan.

8. In the light of the above, the Group is invited to examine the relevant parts of the draft Programme of Activities for 2006 with a view to advising the Rapporteur on the Programme of Activities on the content of the draft programme in its domain of competence.

9. For convenience, a list of the projects of the Draft programme for 2006 to be examined in the legal cooperation field appears in Appendix to this document.

Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1703 (2005) on protection and assistance for separated children seeking asylum – Draft reply

The GR-J is invited to examine the draft reply contained in document GR-J(2005)15 with a view to transmitting it to the Deputies for adoption. The deadline set by the Committee of Ministers for replying to this Recommendation is November 2005.

Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1704 (2005) on referendums: towards good practices in Europe – Draft reply

The GR-J is invited to examine the draft reply contained in document GR-J(2005)16 with a view to transmitting it to the Deputies for adoption. The deadline set by the Committee of Ministers for replying to this Recommendation is November 2005.

Please note that the Venice Commission’s draft opinion on this Recommendation is based on comments from three Rapporteurs. It was submitted to the Council for Democratic Elections for written comments (which were taken into consideration) and it will be formally adopted by the Council at its 14th meeting on 20 October 2005 and by the Venice Commission at its 64th Plenary Session on 21-22 October 2005.

Any other business

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Date of the next meeting:

The date of the next meeting will be communicated later.

Appendix

Draft Programme of Activities 2006 (CM(2005)133 Volume II)
DGI – Legal Affairs Project

Line of Action 1 - Compliance with Human Rights and Rule of Law standards 13

    European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 32
    · 2004/DG1/13 Implementation and promotion of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages 33
    MONEYVAL 51
    · S3 2004/DG1/78 Anti-money laundering measure evaluation programme (MONEYVAL) 52
    CEPEJ 53
    · S3 2004/DG1/86 Evaluating and improving efficiency of Justice 54
    Monitoring by other Conventional Committees 56
    · 2004/DG1/161 ETS No 108 - Protection of individuals with regard to the automatic processing
    of personal data 57

    · 2004/DG1/199 Monitoring the operation of Conventions on Co-operation in the criminal field 58

Line of Action 2 - Human Rights in Public Policy 59

    No programmes

Line of Action 3 - Building a society based on the Rule of Law 103

    Democratic responses to terrorism 105
    · S3 2004/DG1/120 A legal framework for the fight against terrorism 106
    European standards for crime control 108
    · S3 2004/DG1/143 Effective measures to fight economic crime 109
    · 2004/DG1/164 Criminal law and policy development, police, prison systems and alternatives
    to imprisonment 111

    Functioning of justice 113
    · 2004/DG1/97 Improving the organisation of independent judicial systems 114
    · 2004/DG1/98 Strengthening the role and training of judicial professions 115
    International law and law making 118
    · 2004/DG1/178 Public international law 119

    Public law 120
    · 2004/DG1/135 Promotion of European standards in the field of nationality, statelessness,
    asylum and refugees 121

    · 2004/DG1/162 Administrative law and administrative justice 122
    Private law and Protection of Children 124
    · S3 2006/DG1/892 Measures to combat sexual exploitation and abuse of children 125
    · 2004/DG1/118 Civil law, court procedure, family law and protection of children 126

Line of Action 4 - Promoting Pluralist Democracy and Good Governance 129

    Local and regional democracy 137
    · S3 2006/DG1/919 Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform 138
    · 2004/DG1/121 Sound institutional framework for local and regional democracy 140
    · 2004/DG1/122 Quality local and regional governance 142
    · 2004/DG1/173 Transfrontier Co-operation 144

Line of Action 5 - Technological development, Human Dignity and Democracy 165

    Bioethics, biomedicine and genetics 167
    · 2004/DG1/129 Bioethics 168

Line of Action 6 - Building stable and cohesive societies 173

    Action against violence and insecurity 199
    · S3 2005/DG1/537 Action against violence towards children 201

Line of Action 7 - Promoting European cultural identity and diversity 203

    No programmes

Line of Action 8 - Europe's future through Education and Youth 219

    No programmes

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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